Originally Posted by chiefzilla1501
Agreed. The hire is uninspiring. There's concerns, but also potential bright side.
My concern is that Sutton's track record has been anything but spectacular. My other concern is that he goes to 2-gap, which I imagine is what he ran under Mangini.
The bright side is... great to see Reid flexed schemes. Also he must have been very well respected for Rex to keep him on staff after Mangini was fired. Even if he got demoted, it's fairly unusual for a DC to stay on the team after he's fired. The other key points are that he's now familiar with the Rex Ryan scheme. Let's hope he's learned a thing or two. Also, in his first stint as DC, don't forget that he had to adjust a 4-3 into a 3-4, which can take some time to do.
Yeah he ran a 2-gap under Mangini and the defense suffered, he also was part of a decent 1-gap 4-3 under Sperm and a very very good 1-gap under Ryan. I think he will run the 1-gap because the defense's he's been associated with were better and he will have the say. I agree with Clay on the run defense but with Flowers that should be mitigated to some extent if Sutton runs anything like Rex