American Football Database
Bob Sutton
Current position
TitleDefensive coordinator
TeamKansas City Chiefs
Biographical details
Born (1951-01-28) January 28, 1951 (age 71)
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Alma materEastern Michigan
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Michigan (GA)
Syracuse (LB)
Western Michigan (DC/LB)
Illinois (DC/LB)
Western Michigan (OC/QB/WR)
NC State (RB)
Army (DC)
New York Jets (LB)
New York Jets (DC)
New York Jets (SDA/LB)
New York Jets (AHC/LB)
Kansas City Chiefs (DC)
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award (1996)

Bob 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

Bob 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 defensive coordinator again 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

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.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Donnie Henderson
New York Jets Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Mike Pettine