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October 25, 2013

Chiefs' Bob Sutton dialing up dastardly defense

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The defensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs barely speaks above a whisper. Glasses tend to slide down the bridge of his nose. He has a habit of staring into space whenever he's answering a question, and can drone on for an interminable amount of time.

He gives off a librarian's vibe, or perhaps that of an algebra teacher — certainly not of a mad scientist orchestrating one of the most feared defenses in the NFL.

"Whoever is coaching that thing, I don't even know," former Chiefs coach and current Lions assistant Gunther Cunningham said, "but he's doing a hell of a job."

His name is Bob Sutton. And yes, he is.

Under his dazzling wizardry, the Chiefs have yet to allow more than 17 points in a game during a 7-0 start, the second-best in franchise history. They're on pace to set the NFL record for sacks in a season. They're tops in the league when it comes to stopping opponents on third down, and in the red zone. They are also the best when it comes to taking away the ball.

Strange to think that when new Chiefs coach Andy Reid hired Sutton away from the New York Jets in the offseason, hardly any players on the team had even heard of him.

"I read a little about him," Pro Bowl linebacker Tamba Hali said. "He's just a real humble guy. He didn't seem like he was coming in to change people's position. He installed his system and asked you to buy into it. And we probably wouldn't be here if we didn't."

Hali quickly learned that beneath Sutton's placid demeanor was a guy who burned to win. He relishes finding the smallest weakness in an offense and then exploiting it. He takes glee in the idea of terrorizing a quarterback or making life miserable for a running back.

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