The Chiefs hoped to be getting ready for the Super Bowl this week, but they’ll be thinking about a new defensive coordinator instead.
The team announced on Tuesday that they have fired Bob Sutton. The news comes two days after the Chiefs lost 37-31 to the Patriots in overtime of the AFC Championship Game and one day after head coach Andy Reid stopped well short of ruling out a change at the top of the defensive coaching staff.
Most people, including my good friend Lyle Woodcock, saw this move coming. The Chiefs, after finishing the season ranked at or near the bottom in most statistical categories, have fired their defensive coordinator. Too many times this season, especially at the end of big games including the AFC Championship, the defense could not make a stop when they needed it most.
Lyle, my go to Chiefs fan, would constantly complain about the “prevent” style defense that Sutton used, especially late in games. Some of these defensive choices cost the Chiefs some very important games, in this season and in past ones.
The Chiefs were the top seed in the AFC after the regular season despite having such a lackluster defense. If a coordinator with a more aggressive attitude (reportedly Rex Ryan) comes in and improves the scheme and play-calling, there is no reason to think that Kansas City won’t be a contender in the AFC next season. They could use some help in the draft on that side of the ball as well, but we know the offense will be good.