Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has a new gig. The Atlanta Falcons announced Sutton as their new senior assistant via their official Twitter account on Monday.
We have hired Bob Sutton as a Senior Assistant.— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) February 11, 2019
The Falcons fired Marquand Manuel from his defensive coordinator position this offseason, and head coach Dan Quinn announced he would be filling the role himself. The 68-year-old Sutton has been hired to help.
“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.”
The statement also notes that the role had been given to former Falcons assistant Kyle Flood, but it became available again when Flood left Atlanta for the University of Alabama.
Quinn worked under Sutton as the New York Jets defensive line coach from 2007-08. Sutton was the Jets defensive coordinator at the time.
Many Chiefs fans grew tired of Sutton this past season as the defense mightily struggled while the team arguably boasted the best offense in the league.
With the Chiefs making it all the way to the AFC title game, Sutton was fired late in the offseason hiring period, so most top roles had been filled. It is good to see him land on his feet, and here’s to hoping he finds success in Atlanta.