The wait is over.
The Kansas City Chiefs have officially hired their new Offensive Coordinator (OC) and Defensive Coordinator (DC). The new OC is a man named Doug Pederson. The new DC is Mr. Bob Sutton. I am going to give you a little information about each of them and then a short summary of my opinion on each.
First up, Offensive Coordinator: Doug Pederson.
Doug Pederson is 44 years old and from Bellingham, WA. He signed as a rookie free-agent with the Miami Dolphins in 1991 which began his 12 year stint as an NFL quarterback. He eventually would play for the Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles and Cleveland Browns before retiring in 2004. During his time in the NFL, Pederson played backup to stars such as Dan Marino, Brett Favre and Donovan McNabb.
In 2009 he was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles as the offensive quality control coach. In 2010, the Eagles offense coached by a unit that included Pederson, set multiple franchise records. Those include; yards per rushing attempt (5.4, 1st in NFL), total net yards (6,230, 2nd in NFL) and points scored (439, 3rd in NFL).
In 2011, Pederson was named the Eagles quarterbacks coach. He guided the Philadelphia offense to set new franchise records of 6,386 yards and 356 first down. Michael Vick became the 2nd quarterback in NFL history to surpass the 3,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing marks in consecutive seasons with Pederson guiding him along the way.
What do I think?
I am excited about this hire. Judging by the stats he has accrued since being hired by the Eagles in 2009, he is exactly the type of offensive coordinator the Chiefs have been needing. While Andy Reid generally prefers to pass the ball instead of run it, it’s hard to argue that Doug Pederson doesn’t know how to develop an offense that not only excels on the ground and through the air, but actually moves the ball down the field. Chiefs fans will be excited to finally see the endzone.
Next up, Defensive Coordinator: Bob Sutton.
Bob Sutton is 61 years-old and from Ypsilanti, Michigan. He was the assistant coach at Army from 1983-1991 before being promoted to head coach from 1991-1999. During his nine years as the head coach at Army, he posted a 44-55-1 record.
In 2000, the New York Jets recruited Sutton as their linebackers coach where he held this position until 2005.
In 2006, he was promoted to defensive coordinator for the Jets. In 2008, Sutton had one of his best years as a coach. His defensive unit was ranked near the top of the NFL in rushing defense (94.9) and yards per rush allowed (3.7) which are the best stats generated by the Jets since 1993. The defense also accounted for five touchdowns under Sutton which is a franchise record. Mr. Sutton’s defense registered 41 sacks, which was seventh in the NFL and had 30 takeaways which tied them for fifth in the league.
What do I think?
This hire is interesting. While his records and statistics aren’t jaw-dropping, I do think this could work out for Andy Reid. Pressuring the quarterback is something the Chiefs have had some difficulty with in the past. If Sutton can design a defensive scheme that will allow stars like Tamba Hali and Justin Houston to penetrate the offensive line faster and easier, he may prove successful. With his background using multiple schemes throughout his time in football, he should be able to come up with quite a variety. I have heard from many people who are questioning this hire. I for one, am not sure. I think it’s a little early to say the man is going to fail. I believe we should see what he can do with the talent he is inheriting and hope he can unite them into a dominant force. I can’t wait to see.
Andy Reid was hired by Clark Hunt to point this franchise in the right direction. The changes he has made are already proving that he wants to coach the best team he can. I firmly believe that Mr. Reid will restore hope and relevance to Arrowhead. I am ready to see 1 Arrowhead Drive return as the place all teams fear to play. Kansas City used to be a place where the crowd actually affected the outcome of the game. Many still dream of those days.
Well Chiefs Nation, buckle up, because those days are about to become reality once more.
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