Falcons hire ex-Chiefs DC Sutton
The Atlanta Falcons have hired former Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton as a senior assistant, the team announced Monday.
The Chiefs fired Sutton, 68, after their overtime loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game. He had been Kansas City's defensive coordinator for six seasons.
Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn is set to handle the defensive play-calling in 2019 after the team fired coordinator Marquand Manuel after the season. Sutton will help with in-game strategy, clock management, timeout usage and replay review.
"Calling the defense, spending the extra time to get that right, and making sure our style and identity come across in the right way are exciting challenges," Quinn said in a statement. "Adding someone with Bob's knowledge and experience to assist with clock and game-management strategies will help us be the best version of the Falcons that we can be in 2019."
Sutton, the head coach at Army from 1991 to 1999, has been in the NFL as an assistant since the 2000 season.
Sutton is the latest experienced coach to join the Falcons, who fired all three coordinators after a 7-9 season. The team also added former NFL head coaches Dirk Koetter (offensive coordinator) and Mike Mularkey (tight ends).
--Field Level Media
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