Atlanta tabs Bob Sutton as senior assistant

FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2013, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, center, talks to players on the bench during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla. Nobody would think the mild-mannered, bespectacled gentleman is actually a mad scientist pulling the strings on the Kansas City Chiefs defense.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, FIle)
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(WIBW) -- Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has been hired by the Atlanta Falcons as a senior assistant.

Sutton was fired by the Chiefs following the team's overtime loss to New England in the AFC Championship game.

According to an article by's Kevin Patra, Sutton was hired to give the Falcons' defense another "experienced eye," after Dan Quinn took over defensive play-calling duties in 2019.

Sutton came to Kansas City in 2013 with then newly-hired head coach Andy Reid after coaching for 13 seasons with the New York Jets.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Chiefs talked with players and coaches about Sutton before the decision to fire him, saying his "lack of adjustments had been a non-stop frustration."

In 2018, Kansas City's defense allowed 405.5 yards per game and 26.3 points per game in the regular season, which equates to second-most and ninth-worst in the NFL, respectively.