Sutton plans to keep the 3-4 defense and, though things are still in the planning stage, he sees the defense looking similar to what he did with the New York Jets.
"Well, honestly, I think that the transition is going to be kind of similar to one that I went through when I was with the Jets," Sutton said. "We were in the exact same defense that they played here the last couple years under Romeo [Crennel], it's a great system of defense - the true 3-4 - and then when Rex [Ryan] came into the Jets, which has many similarities to this but it has a little bit more multiple and was different schematically how we line up.
"But a lot of principles to me stayed the same. The approach of how our up-front players attack blockers and that type of thing, I think the system, and again we're in the early stages of this - I'm not going to get tied to anything - but the way I envision it and in speaking to Coach [Andy] Reid when I came in here, we're trying to incorporate many of the things we did in New York. Again, it's got to be tailored a little bit to the personnel here.
"But I think the transition will be good because it's 3-4 based but it has a little bit more multiple than what I had done in New York before or the same that Romeo had run here. It will be a great starting point, a great jumping off point because a lot of the players have the characteristics that we're looking for and we might just move it in a little bit different direction."
Interesting. Can't say I know exactly what that means but I'm excited to see it in action.
Only nine more months until meaningful games...