Bob Sutton (American football)

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Bob Sutton
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Defensive coordinator
Team Kansas City Chiefs
Biographical details
Born (1951-01-28) January 28, 1951 (age 64)
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Alma mater Eastern Michigan
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1972–1973 Michigan (GA)
1974 Syracuse (LB)
1975–1976 Western Michigan (DC/LB)
1977–1979 Illinois (DC/LB)
1980–1981 Western Michigan (OC/QB/WR)
1982 NC State (RB)
1983–1991 Army (DC)
1991–1999 Army
2000–2005 New York Jets (LB)
2006–2008 New York Jets (DC)
2009–2011 New York Jets (SDA/LB)
2012 New York Jets (AHC/LB)
2013–present Kansas City Chiefs (DC)
Head coaching record
Overall 44–55–1
Bowls 0–1
Accomplishments and honors
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (1996)

Bob D. Sutton (born January 28, 1951) is an American football coach. He is currently the defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). Sutton served as the head football coach at the United States Military Academy from 1991 to 1999, compiling a record of 44–55–1.

Coaching career[edit]

Sutton's first job in the coaching ranks came as a graduate assistant under Bo Schembechler at Michigan in 1972 and 1973.[1] In 1974 he moved on to Syracuse University where he served as linebackers coach for the Orange. After just one year he began the first of two stints at Western Michigan University then onto the University of Illinois, where he was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 1977 to 1979.[1] He returned to Western Michigan as offensive coordinator in 1980 and 1981. In 1982 he spent one season as running backs coach at North Carolina State University before beginning a long association with the United States Military Academy in 1983.[1]

Sutton spent eight years as an assistant coach at Army before being named the head coach in 1991. His nine-year tenure as the head football coach at Army (1991 to 1999) is second in length only to Earl "Red" Blaik.[1] Sutton compiled a record of 44–55–1 and guided the 1996 Army squad to a 10–2 record, an appearance in the Independence Bowl, and a top 25 finish in both major polls. For his efforts that season, Sutton was awarded the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award.

Sutton made the transition to the NFL coaching ranks with the New York Jets in 2000, beginning his tenure with the Jets as a linebackers coach before serving as the team's defensive coordinator from 2006 to 2008, senior assistant/linebackers coach from 2009 to 2011, and as assistant head coach/linebackers in 2012.[1] In January, 2013 Sutton was named defensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs under new head coach Andy Reid.[1]


Bob Sutton earned his physical education degree from Eastern Michigan University. He and his wife, Debbie, have a son, Andrew, a daughter, Sarah, and one granddaughter.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Army Cadets (NCAA Division I-A independent) (1991–1997)
1991 Army 4–7
1992 Army 5–6
1993 Army 6–5
1994 Army 4–7
1995 Army 5–5–1
1996 Army 10–2 L Independence 24 25
1997 Army 4–7
Army Cadets / Black Knights (Conference USA) (1998–1999)
1998 Army 3–8 2–4 T–5th
1999 Army 3–8 1–5 T–7th
Army: 44–55–1 3–9
Total: 44–55–1
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g McCallister, Laura (11 January 2013). "Andy Reid fills out coaching staff, including coordinators". KCTV-TV website. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Donnie Henderson
New York Jets Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Mike Pettine
Preceded by
Romeo Crennel
Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by