Defensive coordinators Bob Sutton were fired Tuesday by the Kansas City Chiefs, two days after his defense was unable to stop decisively against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the match of the CAF championship.
The former head coach and current analyst of ESPN, Rex Ryan, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills, is to watch, according to sources, Adam Schefter, of ESPN.
Sutton has been working as a Kansas City defensive coordinator since 2013, when the Chiefs recruited Andy Reid as head coach.
Reid, in a statement released on Tuesday, did not explain the dismissal beyond the assertion that "a change can be a good thing for both parties, and I think this is the case here for the chiefs. and Bob ".
Chief linebacker Dee Ford was blamed for the side-sided defeat of the Patriots on Sunday and the denial of what would likely have been a winning interception.
The NFL has announced that it would investigate the outbreak of a laser by quarterback Patriots Tom Brady in the fourth quarter Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
The Chiefs allowed 524 yards after the scrum and 36 first tries on Sunday night at the Patriots, who scored two touchdowns in the final round of 3:32 before the end of the regulation period before their 13th inning of 13 consecutive wins.
The Chiefs were unable to prevent the Patriots from converting three out of three situations and ten during the extension of Sunday's loss, 37 to 31. In addition, linebacker Dee Ford was called for a penalty that cancels this which could have been an interception ending the game, cornerback Charvarius Ward, with 54 seconds left in the fourth quarter and Kansas City in front of 28-24.
"Bob is a good football coach and a great person," said Reid in his statement. "He has been instrumental in the success of our team over the last six seasons, and I've said it before, this change can be a good thing for both parties, and I think it's a good thing. The case here for the Chiefs and Bob.It was not an easy decision, but I feel it is in the best interest of the Kansas City Chiefs to go ahead. "
Sutton, 67, oversaw a Kansas City defense that tied the NFL with 52 sacks of the season, but allowed 405.5 yards per game, the second total in the league.
The Chiefs finished 31st in total defense this season unlike the offensive, which finished first in the NFL.
The Chiefs have scored at least 28 points in each of their five defeats this season, including games in which they scored 51 and 40 points.
The Chiefs were among the top seven defensemen in the first four seasons of Sutton before finishing 15th in 2017 and 24th this season.
Adam Teicher of ESPN contributed to this report.