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Bob Sutton
Assistant Head Coach/Linebackers

◊ Sutton is entering his 13th season with the Jets.

◊ He has served as their senior defensive assistant/linebackers coach the past three seasons.

◊ He initially came to the Jets as the linebackers coach (2000-05) before being named defensive coordinator (2006-08).

◊ Prior to his tenure with the Jets, Sutton was the head coach (1991-99) and assistant coach (1983-91) at Army.

◊ Sutton’s 2008 unit was ranked near the top of the NFL in rushing defense (94.9) and yards per rush allowed (3.7), the Jets best statistical showing since 1993...Five defensive touchdowns were a Jets franchise record...Defense registered 41 sacks, seventh in NFL and 30 takeaways were tied for fifth in the NFL.

◊ Sutton is entering his 13th season with the Jets.

◊ He has served as their senior defensive assistant/linebackers coach the past three seasons.

◊ He initially came to the Jets as the linebackers coach (2000-05) before being named defensive coordinator (2006-08).

◊ Prior to his tenure with the Jets, Sutton was the head coach (1991-99) and assistant coach (1983-91) at Army.

◊ Sutton’s 2008 unit was ranked near the top of the NFL in rushing defense (94.9) and yards per rush allowed (3.7), the Jets best statistical showing since 1993...Five defensive touchdowns were a Jets franchise record...Defense registered 41 sacks, seventh in NFL and 30 takeaways were tied for fifth in the NFL.

◊ In 2005, coached LB Jonathan Vilma to his first Pro Bowl appearance after he finished with an NFL-leading 187 tackles...Vilma became only the third Jet in Club history to be voted AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year after finishing the 2004 season with 118 tackles, two sacks, three pressures and three interceptions.

◊ In 2004, fielded three new full-time starting linebackers (Eric Barton, Victor Hobson and Vilma) who combined for 297 tackles, 4.5 sacks, nine passes defensed and five interceptions....The Jets defense finished fourth in the NFL in fewest points allowed with 261 and fifth against the run, holding opponents to 97.9 rushing yards per game.

◊ In 2001, the Jets were the only team to place three linebackers in the NFL’s Top 25 in tackles, with all three starters over 100 tackles...In his first year with the Jets in 2000, he oversaw a Jets’ 3-4 defense under Al Groh which was led consistently by play from Marvin Jones’ 135 tackles and Mo Lewis’ 88 tackles and team-high 10 sacks, which earned Lewis his third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance.

◊ Spent nine years as the head coach at Army (1991-99) and achieved remarkable success, including guiding the Cadets to just their fourth Bowl appearance...Nine seasons placed him second in tenure at Army, trailing only legendary Earl “Red” Blaik, who guided the Cadets for 18 seasons...Finished his Army career with a mark of 44-54-1.

◊ Rattled off 11 straight victories from 1995-96, the longest winning streak at the school in five decades...Finished as the nation’s top-ranked rushing offense in 1993, ‘96 and ‘98, and only once in those years did the Cadets not finish in the top five rushing attacks in the country.

◊ In 1996, the Cadets posted one of their finest seasons in history, notching an Army-record 10 victories and earning a spot in the Independence Bowl...His offense set a school record for total offense in a single season, while the defense, led by current Jets assistant special teams coach, Ben Kotwica, was ranked ninth in total defense and sixth in rushing defense...Sutton became the first Army coach to defeat Navy five straight times (1992-96).

◊ The 1996 Army team won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy...His efforts were recognized as he won the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, making him the first Army coach since Tom Cahill in 1966 to earn the award...One of six finalists for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award, was named the Metropolitan Football Writers Division I Coach of the Year and the GTE Regional Coach of the Year by the AFCA...The Cadets finished the season ranked in the top 25 for the first time since 1985.

◊ Served as the running backs’ coach at North Carolina State under Monte Kiffin in 1982...Two tours at Western Michigan under Elliott Uzelac (1980-81 and 1975-76), serving first as defensive coordinator and later as offensive coordinator...Defensive coordinator and linebackers’ coach at Illinois (1977-79) under Gary Moeller...In 1974, he was the linebackers’ coach at Syracuse for Frank Maloney...In 1972-73 Sutton had his first coaching job as a graduate assistant at Michigan for Bo Schembechler.

OFF THE FIELD

◊ Wife, Debbie; son, Andrew, daughter, Sarah and granddaughter, Molly.

◊ Earned Physical Education degree from Eastern Michigan.

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