Two days after falling short in the AFC Championship Game, the Kansas City Chiefs are already making changes. Bob Sutton has been relieved of his duties as defensive coordinator.
This season, the Chiefs finished 31st in total defense, allowing an average of 405.5 yards per game. Kansas City also finished 24th in scoring defense, averaging 26.3 points allowed per game. To end the season, the Chiefs allowed 37 points to the Patriots in that AFC Championship Game loss.
Among the other disappointing parts of the Chiefs was the number of penalties on the secondary. They tightened it up in the postseason, but Kansas City was the league leader in defensive pass interference and defensive holding penalties.
Over the course of the last couple days, the Chiefs have talked to both players and other coaches about Sutton. They became too frustrated by Sutton’s lack of adjustments. As I mentioned in the AFC Championship Game recap, the Patriots had little trouble knowing what the Chiefs defense were going to try to do. CBS color commentator Tony Romo has been able to predict plays over the couple of years that he has announced. But this time, it was more clear that Romo could easily see where the matchup benefitted the Patriots offense based on the pre-snap setup of the Chiefs defense.
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Here is the statement Andy Reid made after the firing: “Bob is a good football coach and a great person. 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.”
You have a top of the league offense with young stars Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins and others. The defense has guys that have proven what they can do, and someone like Chris Jones is just starting to become a megastar among the top NFL defenders. So go out and make this hire perfect Kansas City.
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Who will it be?
Adam Schefter of ESPN has reported that former Jets and Bills head coach and Ravens DC Rex Ryan is “a name to watch.” Whomever it is, the next thing in hiring a new DC will likely be the most important coaching hire Reid will ever make in his career.
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