The Kansas City Chiefs have fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.
The move came after a second-half collapse in the AFC championship game, including an overtime period in which Kansas City failed to stop the New England Patriots on what turned out to be the only possession.
The Patriots won the game 37-31 to reach their third consecutive Super Bowl.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced the firing in a statement Tuesday, one day after he said he was evaluating all aspects of the team.
Bob Sutton relieved of Defensive Coordinator duties.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 22, 2019
Reid declined to address Sutton specifically.
Sutton had been the defensive coordinator since 2013, when he joined Reid’s initial staff in Kansas City.
The longtime college and NFL assistant had previously spent more than a decade with the New York Jets, including a stint as defensive coordinator.
Reaction on social media to Sutton’s departure was overwhelmingly positive.
4 years too late but
Thank you ?
— jeff (@nemeisjeff) January 22, 2019
THIS IS THE GREATEST DAY OF MY LIFE THANK YOU
— GAT (@sprotsGAT) January 22, 2019
Had to happen. Bob Sutton is a good man, and smart coach, but the time had come. He’s taken a lot of abuse the last few years and handled it with class. The NFL is about results, so people don’t care about that stuff as much, but it should be said. I’ll miss talking with him.
— Sam Mellinger (@mellinger) January 22, 2019
The city of Kansas City right now pic.twitter.com/LY5FbWfwkw
— Jim Goodwine (@JimGoodwine) January 22, 2019
Reid did not say whether his replacement would be promoted from within his current staff.
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