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When Bob Sutton was hired, fans moaned and groaned at the thought of the former DC from the horrendous Chiefs defense being involved in any capacity of coaching defense in Atlanta. With the thought of DQ taking over the defense finally, the last thing fans wanted to hear was any kind of weight holding this group back any longer. Then it was announced that Sutton's official title is Senior Assistant. Homebase quotes "Sutton's responsibilities will include assisting with in-game strategy, clock management, time-out usage, and replay review." As anyone who has ever had a job knows, what your job description says and what you end up doing are two totaling different things. And it's usually in the form of "more". While I was doing some digging on the Vikings defensive scheme/philosophy/etc. that I typically do during the week, I came across this: The last thing I would have ever expected to see was a Kansas City Chiefs pro-defense section in this kind of article. Yes, it's Bleacher Report, so it's subjective. But still, it takes noticing. But I want to key in on some parts, which I bolded. It took me back to a board discussion we were having some time ago (TDLover, Fatboi, Vandy, PMF, etc.) regarding our favorite defensive formations and why. It stemmed from the various looks we've seen from DQ and the defense so far through pre-season and how we are seeing some large scale changes with the scheme. I kept digging, trying to see where this Bob Sutton philosophy comes from. Through all of the sludge of hate thrown his way given the way things ended with him in KC, I found this excerpt: Variety. Multiple. Different alignments between the first two levels to confuse offenses. Man-heavy scheme. Just for kicks, I looked up Sutton's history and one stop made my eyes light up: The New York Jets Bob Sutton was with the Jets for a long time. He began in 2000 as a Linebackers coach, was the DC from '06-'08, then to Senior Defensive Assistant & LBs coach '09-'11, and Assistant Head Coach & LBs Coach in 2012, before the Chiefs poached him for a DC position. During that time, he learned a lot of football, but one period is the magic point: 2006-2008. During this time, he met one Dan Quinn. DQ was the DL coach when Sutton was the DC. Under Sutton, the Jets improved from 27th in DVOA to 14th, before he was replaced by Rex Ryan, but kept on staff in a large role shaping the defense. Sutton likes running multiple, varied, high pressure schemes with man coverage behind them. He did it before he was with Rex Ryan, he learned it more in depth under Rex, and then branched out and did it on his own with the Chiefs. In 2013, Sutton's first year leading the Chiefs defense, they were 9th in DVOA compared to 30th the year before. They finished 6th in 2015. Dropped to 14th in 2016 before fully falling off a cliff. But at the same time, the Chiefs started to hemorrhage defensive talent. During 2017-2018, the two seasons that got Sutton fired, they lost Hali, Berry, Peters, Poe, and Derrick Johnson. Between those five players, they lost 18 Pro Bowls and 5 All Pro nods. You saw what happened to our defense when we just lost Debo, Rico, and Neal. They lost that AND some. So it's no surprise that the Chiefs defense no longer looked the same. Doesn't make Sutton a bad coach. But if nobody valued the wealth of knowledge Sutton brought to the table, there was one man who did. Dan Quinn. We keep looking at the trio we have on offense with Koetter, Mularkey, and Knapp and are happy to have various minds putting this together, but we have yet to stop and do the same for DQ. We may be overestimating DQ handling all of the duties of HC and DC. Where a guy like Sutton comes in is as a position he's already held before: Senior Defensive Assistant. Just, he's not focused on the defense, but a general Senior Assistant. I'd be willing to bet every dollar in my bank account Sutton has been tied to DQ's hip reshaping this scheme. Remember, DQ came up in this scheme. So if there is anybody who would have blind spots, it's him. What better than to have a guy you know and coached under to be your #1 guy, who has a long history in multiple defensive fronts, a wealth of knowledge in what went right and what went wrong with each, etc. He's not asking Sutton to call plays or draw up gameplans or anything of the such. That's still going to be DQ. But where Sutton brings a ton of value is in his long running knowledge of schemes and trends that have come and gone in this league and various ways to deploy confusing looks at offenses. I think Sutton being a constant sound board for DQ to make the tweaks he has may prove to be beneficial in the long run.
Don't know if this was posted yet or not, but I didn't see it's own thread. I know some people are grappling with the Mcgary trade up. With guys like Taylor and Ford on the board, we took a guy many think/thought we could have waited until #45 to take instead of a consensus first round talent in those other two guys. I didn't really care about that, my concern was his lack of foot speed when I watched his film and him getting beat on the edge similar to Ryan Schraeder, who I thought was his most in line comp during the process. Well, the guys are Cover 1 wrote a very detailed article about Kaleb Mcgary that both initially had the same assessment of Mcgary as I did, but then came to a realization of what Mcgary was taught and how he, and the Washington OL, were executing their blocks in establishing a pocket. (The article has a ton of videos, which are very useful, but I can't post them all so the link is posted first to paint the whole picture.) After this, plus the tweet thread that is referenced throughout this entire article, I've been sold on McGary. He's a f****** dancing bear on the edge that isn't looking to play any kind of passive blocking scheme. He's looking to fight for sixty minutes and dominate his opponent any way he can. It's not pretty and he can be beaten, but the thing is that the way he's looking to fight, he's in a favorable position that when he loses, the QB has plenty of time to navigate it or get the ball out because he's effective at distorting the line of a wide rusher, something I never even knew or thought about. His run game demeanor is downright nasty. He's looking to bring that 6'7 frame and lay it on you every chance he can get. If he gets his hands on you, it's most likely over and you're most likely getting landed on. He is always looking to make his opponent miserable. It's not just talk. You see it throughout his tape in the run game. My absolute favorite part about him and Lindstrom is they aren't grass blockers. They both are always looking for work and DL to knock out if their guy goes away. Here's an example: He's got work to do, admittedly. He's not the cleanest on the edge or in space. But his athletic scoring and testing tells you he can handle playing in a zone scheme and on an island in space. We also are a heavy play action team, which should help him as well. I'm excited about McGary. I was iffy on the Lindstrom pick at #14, but once you take them together, you've literally added two guys who will bring pain in short yardage and a much cleaner pocket in the pass game, but will be bringing the muscle for 60 minutes. You can't see that as a negative, no way you slice it. Matt Ryan just got better and we didn't think that was possible.