Reid had known about Sutton when he was still in Philadelphia, and asked unsuccessfully for permission to interview him. But when he took over the Chiefs, Reid made another run at him to be his defensive coordinator, and this time Ryan knew he had to let Sutton go.
So far, the hiring has made Reid look like a genius.
Kansas City is allowing just over 300 yards a game, fifth in the NFL, and 4.78 yards per play, also fifth in the league. But the most important statistic — the one that ultimately matters — is points allowed, and the Chiefs are yielding a league-low 11.6 per game.
The result has been the NFL's only perfect record through the first seven weeks.
"I don't know. I can't really say that coach reminds me of a librarian," Hali said with a hearty laugh. "I think he's a very smart guy. I think he's very smart, and he's playing chess out there, and he's putting us in position to be successful. That's all you can ask."
AP Sports Writers Dennis Waszak Jr. in Florham Park, N.Y., Larry Lage in Detroit and Michael Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this report.
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