Bob Sutton fired as Chiefs defensive coordinator, and a familiar Patriots villain might replace him

John Tomase
January 22, 2019 - 5:12 pm

Bob Sutton's defense couldn't stop the Patriots when it mattered on Sunday, and now he's unemployed.

The Chiefs fired Sutton on Tuesday, two days after allowing over 500 yards in a 37-31 loss to the Patriots in the AFC championship game. They were particularly bad on third down, where quarterback Tom Brady shredded them, especially in overtime, when the Patriots converted a trio of third-and-10s en route to the winning TD without Kansas City every getting the ball.

Sutton's pain could the gain of an old Patriots nemesis, however, with former Jets coach Rex Ryan a possibility to replace him, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Sutton had served as Kansas City's defensive coordinator since head coach Andy Reid arrived in 2013. But the Chiefs were woefully inconsistent this year, pairing a league-high 52 sacks with a putrid 405.5 yards allowed per game, second-worst in the league. They finished 24th in scoring defense after placing no worse than seventh in that category over Sutton's first four seasons.

"Bob is a good football coach and a great person," Reid said in his statement. "He played an integral role in the success of our team over the last six seasons. I've said before that change can be a good thing, for both parties, and I believe that is the case here for the Chiefs and Bob. This was not an easy decision, but one I feel is in the best interest of the Kansas City Chiefs moving forward."

As for Ryan, he currently works for ESPN as an analyst and hasn't coached since the Bills fired him with one game left in the 2016 season. He went 5-12 against the Patriots in head coaching stints with the Jets and Bills, including a 28-21 divisional round win after the 2010 season.