Coach Bio

Bob Sutton
Defensive Coordinator

Biography

Bob Sutton enters his fifth year with the Chiefs in 2017 as defensive coordinator after spending 13 seasons with the New York Jets.   

Since Sutton’s arrival in 2013, the Chiefs defense repeatedly ranks in the top 5 in several defensive categories. In 2016, Kansas City ranked first in forced turnovers (33) and red zone takeaways (eight), on the way to earning its first AFC West Division Championship under Head Coach Andy Reid. In 2015, 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. In 2014, the unit was 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. 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).

Sutton has been instrumental in severald efensive players success since his arrival in 2013. Veteran S Eric Berry earned his fifth Pro Bowl selection following the 2016 season after he ranked second on the team with 77 tackles and added four interceptions with two returned for touchdowns. Following the 2015 Season, Berry was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year as well as being the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award after overcoming Hodgkin’s lymphoma and making one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. CB Marcus Peters was voted to his second Pro Bowl following the 2016 season as he led the team and ranked tied-second in the league in interceptions (six). Following the 2015 season, Peters was named the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. During the 2014 season, LB Justin Houston recorded a franchise-record and NFL-leading 22.0 sacks. LB Derrick Johnson became the franchise leader in tackles during the 2016 season. LB D.J. Alexander earned his first Pro Bowl selection as an alternate following the 2016 season.

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.).

Prior to joining the NFL, Sutton spent nine years as the head coach at Army (1991-99), which 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 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 fifth year with the Chiefs in 2017 as defensive coordinator after spending 13 seasons with the New York Jets.   

Since Sutton’s arrival in 2013, the Chiefs defense repeatedly ranks in the top 5 in several defensive categories. In 2016, Kansas City ranked first in forced turnovers (33) and red zone takeaways (eight), on the way to earning its first AFC West Division Championship under Head Coach Andy Reid. In 2015, 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. In 2014, the unit was 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. 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).

Sutton has been instrumental in severald efensive players success since his arrival in 2013. Veteran S Eric Berry earned his fifth Pro Bowl selection following the 2016 season after he ranked second on the team with 77 tackles and added four interceptions with two returned for touchdowns. Following the 2015 Season, Berry was named the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year as well as being the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award after overcoming Hodgkin’s lymphoma and making one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. CB Marcus Peters was voted to his second Pro Bowl following the 2016 season as he led the team and ranked tied-second in the league in interceptions (six). Following the 2015 season, Peters was named the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year. During the 2014 season, LB Justin Houston recorded a franchise-record and NFL-leading 22.0 sacks. LB Derrick Johnson became the franchise leader in tackles during the 2016 season. LB D.J. Alexander earned his first Pro Bowl selection as an alternate following the 2016 season.

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.).

Prior to joining the NFL, Sutton spent nine years as the head coach at Army (1991-99), which 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 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.