Bob Sutton: “The Blame Game’s” Grand Prize Winner

 

 

 

 

Being a fan of a sporting team can be fickle. Start the season winning five in a row and you’re on top of the world where nothing can bring you down and the team is untouchable. Lose the next two, by a combined 7 points, and the wheels are falling off and everyone needs to be fired. I know that might be a bit of an overstatement of the general opinion of the team right now, but that is how it seems. With the offense firing on all 26 cylinders, and a blame needing to be placed somewhere for the sudden demise of the 2017 season (sarcasm), the defense is going to take center stage for today’s installment of the “Blame Game”. What is a captain if he cannot take the sword for his crew, so Bob Sutton will represent the defense as contestant number one.

 

The defense is taking the brunt of the blame when it comes to our “losing streak”, and rightfully so. Sutton has employed a bend-don’t-break philosophy for the last couple of years, and the ability of the defense to both create turn overs and clamp down in the redzone has taken the focus off the fact that Sutton is not a very good Coordinator. This year, the defense has not been able to replicate the foundation of their success over the last couple years and it is bringing Sutton’s ability, or lack thereof, to light. I don’t know in what world one would think the gameplan that hasn’t worked for three quarters will suddenly shut an opponent down in the fourth. For the last two games, Sutton has thrown any thought of adjustment out the window and stuck to letting Bell run wild and Cooper take the top off the secondary. Because, as we all know, letting the opponent move the ball at will is the basis of a defensive gameplan.

 

Marcus Peters has been singled out, with some saying he has been figured out and is not the caliber player most thought he was after his first two seasons. If you are one that is placing blame on Peters, you might want to redirect it to Sutton. Peters is an aggressive, in your face press man corner. Sutton has had Peters playing 8-10 yards off the receiver, dropping in zone coverage without help over the top. For a corner as aggressive as Peters, this is akin to asking a fish to stand up, walk down Main Street and greet all he passes. It simply doesn’t work. Peters is obviously not delivering the same performance as he did his first two seasons, but it is less on Peters and more on Sutton, in my opinion.

 

The misuse of Peters is just one example of the incompetency of Sutton. Don’t get me wrong, Justin Houston is decent as a coverage linebacker, but do you want your best pass rusher dropping in coverage what seems like most of high probability passing downs? Especially after your best pass rusher gets torched in consecutive weeks? Maybe he is trying to be unpredictable, maybe he knows something we don’t know, maybe Houston is not the same guy that missed the single season record by a half a sack… HALF A SACK!! Guess what, it was unpredictable the first couple of times and even then, it was quickly read and exploited. When reviewing tape, opposing offensive coordinators first thought is “hopefully Houston will keep dropping in coverage, keeps our QB clean and allows the TE to move the chains with ease”.

 

There are plenty more examples of why Sutton’s prize on the “Blame Game” should be an office cleaned out for him, with a request he collect his belongings at the front desk. Yes, I am calling for the head of Sutton. I have been since year two of Sutton at DC. In the time he has been leading the Chief’s defense, all he has shown is an inability to make sound football decisions. As I said before, the only thing that has saved him from being contestant number one is the natural ability of the talent on the field coming through when it is needed most. This year, the team has not been as opportunistic, and for me this should be enough for the blinders to come off and for Sutton to be replaced with someone that can use the talent on that side of the ball in combination with the ability to be fluid with the gameplan throughout a 60-minute contest.

 

Is this a bit of an overreaction on my part? Sure, but I can live with that. I have been less than not a fan of Sutton’s for years, and if it takes 2 losses due to the defense getting burnt to have him replaced, I can live with that too. What do you think, am I out of line here? Has Sutton done ANYTHING to warrant keeping his post? Does the defensive struggle rest on more shoulders than Sutton’s? And if so, does anyone deserve to carry more weight than Sutton?

 

Bonus Thought: Derek Carr and the Raiders will have a tough outing against the Bills, and the Broncos offense will look like a resurrection of the Greatest Show on Turf. I hope Alex Smith and the gang are prepared for another air raid.

 

 

 

 

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  • berttheclock

    One player who could help the woes of Bob Sutton would be Eric Reid, safety of the Niners. No, he is not Eric Berry, but, he is a solid safety and he does not like trying to play the hybrid safety/LB which the Niners want him to play.

    I have mentioned his name on two other occasions, so, this AM, I was heartened to see the same thing mentioned by Joel Corry, the former NFL player’s agent who writes threads for CBS Sports. He has a list of 5 trades around the league. HIs first suggestion is a trade by the Giants to the Raiders which would send Cromartie to Oakland as the days of Sean Smith look to be over at the end of the season, at least with Oakland/Vegas. But, Corry’s second suggestion is trading Reid to KC. He even breaks down what he believes could be done to sweeten the deal. That is having the Niners change some of Reid’s current salary into a signing bonus, which would drop the amount of money Veach would have to pay Reid for the remainder of this season.

  • Laurels and limitations

    I’ve never been overly crazy about Sutton’s defense but I do like the fact that Kc is historically stingy when it comes to letting offenses get into the endzone. I also appreciate the fact that KC has won the turnover battle every single year. It was just last year that KC’s defense and STs scored nearly half of KC’s total points so that should not be overlooked. Of course, the league is a what-has-yous-dones-for-mes-lately kinda league as we all know.

    I dunno, guess my thing is, is that maybe Sutton needs more weapons. Dorsey and crew have spent more monies on the offense every single year since they came to KC and perhaps it is starting to show. (I’ve posted and posted the 10 million or so difference in offense vs. defense salary every single year so this is faaaar from strawman). Sutton is not at fault that Murray is undersized vs. TEs, or that Sorenson got turned around on a deep ball, or that players are not wrapping up while tackling at the LOS. In the end? Yes he is accountable for all of that but I can guarantee you that it is not being taught to not be physical at the LOS but instead to be all handsy going down the sideline. Sometime or another the players have to accountable also (looking at you Gaines).

    • Laurels and limitations

      should have added this was pre-Berry contract…don’t @me over that one.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      Suttons defense has two faces…..when the field is long, the ideology is let them have their small yardage gains, but not the big plays……..as the field shortens up, it becomes more smash mouth.
      I’d be curious to know if we lead the league in FGs aloud.

  • Laurels and limitations

    OH LORDY!!! OTC now has pop-up video adds. The ones that chase you down the page. crappola!!

  • Merlin

    Victory has a thousand fathers, defeat is an orphan. How long has it been since Sutton has had a full starting defense for 1/2 a season? Just between Berry and Houston, it seems like the Chiefs rarely have them both healthy and on the field together.

    • berttheclock

      The Pats have lost their best defensive player, Hightower, to a torn pec. HIs being injured against the Chiefs really helped the Chiefs to a win.

    • ladner morse

      i was just musing the other day, that Berry and Hali have likely seen the last that they’ll ever be on the field together.

  • tm1946

    In some sick way, Sutton is a clone of Reid. When it works (and it has in the past more so than this year), Reid is headed for the HOF and Sutton is in line to be a HC some where. When it does not, Reid is an idiot (mostly me, I know) and Sutton should be fired (not me). Both seem so into their internal mind games, the final score is irrelevant.

    Now what do we do about now, today. We ride with it. Neither are going anywhere, anytime soon. IMO, there is NO KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR (talking players here) to save us. Both will do what they do and if we make the playoffs, nice. If not, there are years to come. Clark Hunt has made his move with GM, these two are in good graces until the fans mutiny and there are no butts in the seats of Arrowhead (NOT SUGGESTING THAT).

    So complain, offer suggestions, who to trade for or draft……have a lot of laughs…. why because this team is set the way management thinks is best…. just the way it is. Mentioned this after last loss, we would get days of how to fix a 5 – 2 team, One Arrowhead might tell you (no they will not), we are good, things are good and keep buying all that red stuff.

    • berttheclock

      My favorite excuse is the one which says, “Had anyone told me the Chiefs would be 5-2 after their first seven games, I would have been thrilled”.

      How about, “If anyone would have told me that after five games to begin the season, they would have given up 576 yards in passing and 288 yards of rushing in the next two games, I would have been sick.”

      One or two new players is not going to fix this problem, but, it might stem the flow a bit. At the moment, Bob Sutton is akin to Lazurus as he can resurrect weak offenses from the dead.

      • tm1946

        Got to admit, the Chiefs will still have a winning season, what Reid does. That will shut up most. To think…. next year, we have Mahomes as the savior…. I am hoping he can play defense because there is no way to fix it with what is left…. know you would love the Mahomes reference.

  • berttheclock

    Some musical chairs for TEs on the KC practice squad. First, the Chiefs cut Orson Charles in the first week of October. They replaced him on the PS with a just cut TE from the Jets PS, Neal Sterling.

    Yesterday, the Jets grabbed Sterling from KC and elevated him to their full roster. So, Veach resigned Charles to the KC PS. Charles is more of a H-back type who can play FB.

    • tm1946

      Just fun stuff. Got to have PS, got to stock it, Got pay the money out, might find someone somewhere sometime. No harm, no foul.

  • freshmeat62

    I don’t know if I’m a Sutton fan or not. I loved the attacking defense he had a few years ago when he had the players to do that. But injuries the last few years have him now playing subs, and old men. That is because that is what he has available on the roster. I didn’t like it when he went to that rush 3 drop 8 defense he did against New England to start the year, but I think it confused Brady, and it worked. Teams are catching on to that now.

    I think he probably has a pretty good d-line, but the rest of the defense just isn’t top quality. Houston looks like he has lost some speed. He has some good games, but if he has to run far he can’t catch them. DJ isn’t close to what he was. I hope they can replace him soon w/ one of these younger guys. Zombo is a backup playing way to much. Hali we don’t know if he’s coming back this year or not, but he’s a crippled old man. Then there’s Ford, doing whatever he does. He may have a play or two where he looks good, and then just disappear. I can’t even tell you who the other starting ILB is…I guess Wilson.

    I disagree that Sutton has Peters playing off. I think I remember reading his first year that he did that on his own because he can close so fast, and he does, but that can be beaten. Sometimes he needs to use his head. For instance there was a play a few games ago where Peters was playing 10-12 yards off on a play that was 3rd and 3!?!? There have been other plays that on replay show him being beaten, but the QB didn’t see it. I think right now Peters has a reputation and that is keeping QB’s from looking his way, but that may go away. And I don’t know how aggressive he is when all he does is swat at the ball as a runner goes by. It’s what I call ‘the matador’ or the ‘ole’ tackle as he waves his cape and the bull runs by. If I’m not mistaken, he’s given up 3 TD’s the last couple weeks, and he was lucky they called a pushoff on that play in the endzone last weekend. I think the replay showed it was very questionable, and was less a pushoff than the one Mitchel wasn’t given 2 plays later. And Berry is missed!

    Berry is gone for the year, but hopefully this long 11 day week will give the injured time to get back on the field.

  • Laurels and limitations

    getting closer…

    #Chiefs defensive backs going through drills starting practice, including No. 20 Steven Nelson. pic.twitter.com/oFfX2Ir3ry— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) October 26, 2017

  • Homer Dave

    Jamaal Charles has already spoken to the Hunt family about retiring as a Chief when he’s done playing.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) October 26, 2017

  • Homer Dave

    Bwahahahaha!!! Charles is channeling his inner Bowe:

    Jamaal Charles on retiring a Chief “I talked to the Clarks…”— Cody Tapp (@codybtapp) October 26, 2017

  • Homer Dave

    Reid also says Morse, Duvernay-Tardif and Nelson went thru 10/10/10 practice on Monday. High speed practice.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) October 26, 2017

  • Homer Dave

    There are some people out there who have never witnessed some of what makes Arrowhead, Arrowhead and I feel for them. The game written about here was one of them..not THE one, but one of them nonetheless.

    The day the crowd was too loud for John Elway, and how Arrowhead was born. 🔊🏟➡️ https://t.co/mQbTwewxML pic.twitter.com/1mnwEv7Ywg— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) October 26, 2017

  • Homer Dave

    DT Bennie Logan (knee), RB Charcandrick West (concussion) and WR Albert Wilson (knee) also practice in full for #Chiefs today.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) October 26, 2017

  • Homer Dave

    #Chiefs LB Justin Houston (knee), RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (knee) limited in practice. C Mitch Morse full go, good sign for Monday start.— Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) October 26, 2017

    • tm1946

      Anyone know is Houston any thing like the Houston that was playing before the injury? He is still the high dollar player but seems lost in the mix

      • Chiefly Bacon

        MN Chiefs fan talked about this. He’s actually still playing really well, but teams are getting the ball out quick or using the run game to keep Houston from getting home. You can be the best in the league, but it doesn’t matter if the ball is out in under 3 seconds. That’s why we need the secondary to step up and tackle.

        • tm1946

          That says a lot. Also how about the DL getting their hands up or disguising who is doing what… it is a total package, every part must sync with the others….only….. did the whole league decide when you play the Chiefs – throw in 2 – 3 seconds and forget Houston is on the field…. he does not seem to be the same player but gets the same salary.

        • Homer Dave

          That’s the thing about guys like Houston, they can be negated with a very simple game plan. We’ve seen Reid do it to Watt a couple of times, Von Miller a couple more and we continually see it being done versus J. Houston by nobody offenses. It’s also the primary reason why I am always against a large contract for players like Houston- they depend on the entire rest of the defense to make them look good. Sure, that can be said about any player on the defensive side, but most ain’t making 22 MIIILLLYuuuuuuuun!!!

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        He is a free agent in 2021……look for him to have another monster year in 2020.

        • tm1946

          When you look at the team as a total – management, players, the plan, goals….. I wonder if we can ever afford to give any player (other than maybe an elite QB) a big contract. Houston, Berry, Fisher, LDT, – what is the point of any of them being paid like an elite? Glad the GM has to make these calls, not me.

          • Homer Dave

            good point…but some positions deserve the money more than others because they can hold their own regardless. ILBs, Safetys, LTs, QBs, Ctrs and even CBs on occasion. I’m talking long term players right here, not 2-4 year guys like Wrs, RBs and TEs.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            I think I should get paid for my enormous amount of wisdom I share here daily. 😀

          • Homer Dave

            I agree….you should

          • ladner morse

            Anytime you want me to place you on the $0.00 Payroll like all the other writers… let me know.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            In my opinion…..and people disagree with my opinion on this……..Millionaire players want to live in party atmosphere places…..not to mention, it is more likely to get an advertising deal in certain cities…….and it doesn’t help that KCs history of ineptness keep players from wanting to come to KC…….if we don’t over pay guys…..we don’t sign them.

          • tm1946

            No reference to this but it would seem to come more into line with my thinking. Reid wins more games than he loses, at least so far. If we accept your comment, then we have to use the “team concept”. We keep our home grown stars until they move on, keep drafting replacements (actually playing them – earlier than later), and develop the roster not around 5 -6 stars but a star here or there and rest of the team playing/acting as a team. Hope you get what I am trying to say.

  • Homer Dave

    Maclin is back and it looks like Flacco still sucks, lol

  • Homer Dave

    Haha, this is great!!!

    So who wants to watch LDT (and then Morse) run over professional headhunter Jahleel Addae like a freight train? pic.twitter.com/RB6eL5pzyj— Seth Keysor (@RealMNchiefsfan) September 13, 2016

  • Homer Dave

    And Maclin is still good…

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      And still made of glass.

      • Homer Dave

        lmao, yup

  • Homer Dave

    both of these teams suck so bad that at any time I expect them to break out in a choreographed dance routine to get the crowd more involved.

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      I decided it would be more exciting to hang out with my mother in law and discuss her cataract surgery tonight instead of watching TNF between the Ravens and the Dolphins……

      • Homer Dave

        good choice, she will see. DYSWIDT!? Well, do ya’?

        • Homer Dave

          alright, that one kinda sucked…I’ll try harder.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Well…..I’m going to have to confess here…..I’m 5 Corona’s in and, I’m still trying to decipher those letters. 😀

          • Homer Dave

            5 coronas should have made my sad joke funnier. LORDY it was bad!

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Lol

        • KCMikeG

          DYSWIDT = Did You See What I Did There – my darn kids keep me up on the acronyms

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      You mean, like Kelce in the end zone?

      • Homer Dave
        • Homer Dave

          well then, that’s not a gif at all. Reply fail,

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Ha ha…no worries, I get it.
            Hey……have you noticed Kelce has started a trend with his crazy dances?

          • Homer Dave

            Yeah, I know….I’ve been wrote up three times in the last week at work and was even given a ticket when I was pulled over and performed my best Kelce dance for the HyPo (jealous bastard)

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            Bwahahahaha!!

          • Homer Dave

            I should have done my Chark-nado instead.

          • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

            LMAO….stop, your killin me!

  • Homer Dave

    55 yarder by Justin Tucker….what a leg. I wonder what Buttkicker’s longest might be?

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      I’m thinking 64

      • Homer Dave

        64…………………………………………………………..thousand. Geesh

  • Homer Dave

    I KNEW I was doing something right being Irish!!!!

  • Homer Dave

    that was one dumb pass by Flacco….so lucky it wasn’t six the other way.

  • Homer Dave

    Dolphins, 13-4 in the regular season…who would have guessed!?

  • Homer Dave

    good defense right there by Stills, Ravens had him boxed out.

  • Homer Dave

    HOLY CRAP, Ravens sent 10 after Moore…might have been 14- it happened so fast I lose count.

  • Homer Dave

    I don’t like Maclin across the center, they are going to break him.

  • Homer Dave

    going to go learn me some Irish dancin’…that way I can evade the wife next time she gets hopped up, LOL!!!!

  • Homer Dave

    FIGHT!!!!!

  • Homer Dave

    Alonzo should get ejected!!

  • Homer Dave

    poor Flacco, that sucks

  • Homer Dave

    Alonzo should be gone…disgusting burfict crap right there

  • Homer Dave

    And Raven’s score on Alonzo…deserving.

  • Homer Dave

    NET!!!!! what a great punter to hit the other team’s net!!!

  • KCMikeG

    Rush Houston vs faiders on final 5 plays instead of him floating around in zone coverage and we win the game. Gaines catches the INT right in his hands and off his facemask and we win vs Steelers. Reid chose to attack their strength (Pass D) vs their weakness (Run D).Two Loses = Sutton 1 + Reid/Gaines 1

    • tm1946

      While I agree, might be time to move on. Reid/Sutton/injuries are not going anywhere. As fans we can look forward and be glad the team does not want us to suit up for next game. That is about all we can do.

  • ladner morse