Coach Bio

Bob Sutton
Defensive Coordinator

Biography

Bob Sutton enters his fourth year with the Chiefs in 2016 as defensive coordinator after spending 13 years with the New York Jets.

The 2015 season saw the Chiefs defense elevate to one of the best units in the NFL under Sutton's leadership. Kansas City scored six defensive touchdowns on the year, with four of those touchdowns coming via interception - both numbers tied for third-most in team history. Additionally, the Chiefs defense ranked third in the NFL and second in the AFC in opponents points per game (17.9) and ranked second in third down defense. Sutton was also instrumental in helping CB Marcus Peters win AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, with Peters setting numerous club records as well as ranking tied for first in the NFL with eight interceptions. Peters accompanied fellow defensive teammates LBs Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Justin Housto and S Eric Berry to the Pro Bowl, marking the third consecutive year that Sutton has mentored at least three Pro Bowlers.

In his second year leading the Chiefs defense, Sutton turned the unit into one of the league’s best. The Chiefs ranked first in the NFL in opponent red zone scoring defense (38.9%) and second in total points allowed (17.6) and opponent net passing yards (203.3). The unit was also the only team in the league to not allow a 300-yard passer or a completion of 50+ yards. Kansas City did not allow its first rushing touchdown of the season until Week 12, becoming one of just five teams in the Super Bowl era to not allow a rushing touchdown through the first 10 games of the season. They allowed only four rushing touchdowns in 2014, a single-season team record.

Under Sutton’s leadership, LB Justin Houston recorded a franchise-record and NFL-leading 22.0 sacks in 2014. 

In 2013, the Chiefs made their greatest single-season turnaround in franchise history, improving from 2-14 to an 11-5 record. The defense was second in the league with 36 takeaways and tied for first in the league with six defensive touchdowns. The unit also finished the season ranked fifth in the NFL in points allowed (19.1).

Prior to joining the Chiefs, Sutton served as the Jets assistant head coach/linebackers coach (2012) and as the team’s senior defensive assistant/linebackers coach (2009-11) under Head Coach Rex Ryan.

From 2006-08, Sutton was the Jets defensive coordinator after beginning his tenure as linebackers coach. In 2008, Sutton’s unit topped the league in rushing defense (94.9 ypg) and yards per rush allowed (3.7 avg.), the team’s best statistical showing since 1993.

Prior to joining the NFL, Sutton spent nine years as the head coach at Army (1991-99). Nine seasons leading Army placed him second in coaching tenure, trailing only legendary Head Coach Earl "Red" Blaik, who guided the Cadets for 18 seasons.

From 1995-96, Sutton’s Army team had 11 straight wins, the longest winning streak at the school in five decades. Army finished as the nation’s top-ranked rushing offense in 1993, 1996 and 1998. In the 1996 season, the Cadets posted one of their finest seasons in history with a team-record 10 victories and a trip to the the Independence Bowl. He became the first Army coach to beat Navy five straight times (1992-96).

The 1996 Army squad won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, while Sutton won the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, making him the first Army coach since Tom Cahill in 1966 to earn the award. One of six finalists for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award, he was named the Metropolitan Football Writers Division I Coach of the Year and the GTE Regional Coach of the Year by the AFCA.

Prior to that, Sutton was the Cadets’ defensive coordinator (1983-90). He coached the running backs at North Carolina State under Monte Kiffin (1982) and two years at Western Michigan under Elliott Uzelac (1980-81 and 1975-76), serving as defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator, respectively. Sutton was defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Illinois (1977-79), and was the linebackers coach at Syracuse (1974). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan under legendary coach Bo Schembechler.

Education: ­Eastern Michigan. Born: Ypsilanti, Mich. Family: Wife - Debbie; Children - Andrew and Sarah; Grandchildren - Molly, Marissa and Walker.

Bob Sutton enters his fourth year with the Chiefs in 2016 as defensive coordinator after spending 13 years with the New York Jets.

The 2015 season saw the Chiefs defense elevate to one of the best units in the NFL under Sutton's leadership. Kansas City scored six defensive touchdowns on the year, with four of those touchdowns coming via interception - both numbers tied for third-most in team history. Additionally, the Chiefs defense ranked third in the NFL and second in the AFC in opponents points per game (17.9) and ranked second in third down defense. Sutton was also instrumental in helping CB Marcus Peters win AP Defensive Rookie of the Year, with Peters setting numerous club records as well as ranking tied for first in the NFL with eight interceptions. Peters accompanied fellow defensive teammates LBs Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali and Justin Housto and S Eric Berry to the Pro Bowl, marking the third consecutive year that Sutton has mentored at least three Pro Bowlers.

In his second year leading the Chiefs defense, Sutton turned the unit into one of the league’s best. The Chiefs ranked first in the NFL in opponent red zone scoring defense (38.9%) and second in total points allowed (17.6) and opponent net passing yards (203.3). The unit was also the only team in the league to not allow a 300-yard passer or a completion of 50+ yards. Kansas City did not allow its first rushing touchdown of the season until Week 12, becoming one of just five teams in the Super Bowl era to not allow a rushing touchdown through the first 10 games of the season. They allowed only four rushing touchdowns in 2014, a single-season team record.

Under Sutton’s leadership, LB Justin Houston recorded a franchise-record and NFL-leading 22.0 sacks in 2014. 

In 2013, the Chiefs made their greatest single-season turnaround in franchise history, improving from 2-14 to an 11-5 record. The defense was second in the league with 36 takeaways and tied for first in the league with six defensive touchdowns. The unit also finished the season ranked fifth in the NFL in points allowed (19.1).

Prior to joining the Chiefs, Sutton served as the Jets assistant head coach/linebackers coach (2012) and as the team’s senior defensive assistant/linebackers coach (2009-11) under Head Coach Rex Ryan.

From 2006-08, Sutton was the Jets defensive coordinator after beginning his tenure as linebackers coach. In 2008, Sutton’s unit topped the league in rushing defense (94.9 ypg) and yards per rush allowed (3.7 avg.), the team’s best statistical showing since 1993.

Prior to joining the NFL, Sutton spent nine years as the head coach at Army (1991-99). Nine seasons leading Army placed him second in coaching tenure, trailing only legendary Head Coach Earl "Red" Blaik, who guided the Cadets for 18 seasons.

From 1995-96, Sutton’s Army team had 11 straight wins, the longest winning streak at the school in five decades. Army finished as the nation’s top-ranked rushing offense in 1993, 1996 and 1998. In the 1996 season, the Cadets posted one of their finest seasons in history with a team-record 10 victories and a trip to the the Independence Bowl. He became the first Army coach to beat Navy five straight times (1992-96).

The 1996 Army squad won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, while Sutton won the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, making him the first Army coach since Tom Cahill in 1966 to earn the award. One of six finalists for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award, he was named the Metropolitan Football Writers Division I Coach of the Year and the GTE Regional Coach of the Year by the AFCA.

Prior to that, Sutton was the Cadets’ defensive coordinator (1983-90). He coached the running backs at North Carolina State under Monte Kiffin (1982) and two years at Western Michigan under Elliott Uzelac (1980-81 and 1975-76), serving as defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator, respectively. Sutton was defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Illinois (1977-79), and was the linebackers coach at Syracuse (1974). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan under legendary coach Bo Schembechler.

Education: ­Eastern Michigan. Born: Ypsilanti, Mich. Family: Wife - Debbie; Children - Andrew and Sarah; Grandchildren - Molly, Marissa and Walker.