The Chiefs didn’t waste time making staff changes after their overtime loss in the AFC Championship.
Two days after the Patriots defeated the Chiefs 37-31, the team announced it has fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.
“Bob is a good football coach and a great person,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in a 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.”
Despite making it to the AFC title game, the Chiefs’ defense was statistically one of the worst in the league this season, ranking last in passing yards surrendered and last in average yards per rush.
In the Chiefs’ five losses this season, the opponent didn’t score fewer than 29 points, with the highest-scoring game coming from their 54-51 loss to the Rams.
Sunday against the Patriots, Kansas City’s defense allowed 524 yards from scrimmage and 36 first downs.
A name has already popped up as a possible replacement for Sutton — ESPN reported current television analyst and former Bills and Jets coach Rex Ryan could be a candidate.