Entering his 14th NFL season, Sutton joins the Chiefs after spending his first 13 seasons with the New York Jets in various roles. Most recently, he served as the Jets Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers Coach in 2012. From 2009-11 he was the club's senior defensive assistant/linebackers coach. Sutton was the club's defensive coordinator from 2006-08 and originally joined the Jets as the linebackers coach (2000-05).
As a defensive coordinator with the New York Jets, Sutton's 2008 unit was ranked near the top of the NFL in rushing defense (94.9) and yards per rush allowed (3.7), the Jets best statistical showing since 1993. The Jets recorded a franchise-record five defensive touchdowns. His defense registered 41 sacks and 30 takeaways.
In 2005 as the club's linebackers coach, LB Jonathan Vilma earned his first Pro Bowl appearance after he finished with an NFL-leading 187 tackles. Vilma was voted AP's NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2004 and the Jets finished the season fourth in the NFL in fewest points allowed with 261 and fifth against the run, holding opponents to 97.9 rushing yards per game.
Prior to his time with the Jets, Sutton spent nine years as the head coach at Army (1991-99) and achieved remarkable success, including guiding the Cadets to just their fourth bowl appearance. Nine seasons placed him second in tenure at Army, trailing only the legendary Earl "Red" Blaik, who guided the Cadets for 18 seasons. He was named the head coach at Army after spending eight season's as one of the school's assistant coaches (1983-90).
Before his stint at Army, he served as the running backs coach at North Carolina State under Monte Kiffin in 1982, two tours at Western Michigan (1980-81 and 1975-76), serving first as defensive coordinator and later as offensive coordinator. He also served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Illinois (1977-79).
In 1974, he earned his first full-time coaching spot as the linebackers coach at Syracuse. His initial opportunity came as a graduate assistant at Michigan (1972-73) for Bo Schembechler. He earned a degree in physical education at Eastern Michigan.
Sutton and his wife, Debbie, have two children, son Andrew and daughter Sarah. They also have a granddaughter, Molly.
|1972-73||Michigan||Grad. Assistant/Linebackers/Defensive Backs|
|1975-76||Western Michigan||Def. Coordinator/Linebackers|
Off. Coord./Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers
|1982||North Carolina State||Running Backs|
Defensive Coordinator ('83-90)
Head Coach ('91-99)
|2000-12||New York Jets||
Defensive Coordinator ('06-08)
Senior Def. Assistant/Linebackers ('09-11)
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers ('12)
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||Defensive Coordinator|