With the Chiefs firing their defensive coordinator Bob Sutton, head coach Andy Reid will have to look for a replacement this offseason. And ESPN's Adam Schefter believes a certain former Jets head coach could be a good candidate.
Schefter says to look out for Rex Ryan to potentially be targeted by Kansas City as Sutton's successor for the 2019-20 season. Ryan, who is currently an ESPN analyst, has been asked about defensive coordinator jobs in the past and could see another one in front of him now.
Ryan's last stint in the NFL was serving as the Bills' head coach in 2015 and 2016. Before that, he was the Jets' head coach from 2010-2014, where he led New York to back-to-back AFC Championship games in 2009 and 2010.
Known for his defensive mind, Ryan was the Ravens' defensive coordinator for four seasons (2005-2009) prior to filling the Jets' head coach vacancy. During his time in Baltimore, he led four Top 10 defenses including the No. 1 defense in yards and points allowed in 2006.
The Chiefs, who just lost in the AFC Championship game to the Patriots, didn't have the defense to compare to its high-octane offense this season. They were ranked 24th in points allowed (26.3 per game) and allowed the second-most yards per game (405.5).
Ryan could be the man Reid and the Chiefs call upon to change that narrative next season.