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ESPN's Rex Ryan Named Candidate For The Chiefs' DC Job

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 26: Former NFL coach & ESPN analyst Rex Ryan of 'ESPN's Sunday's NFL Countdown' speaks onstage during the ESPN portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, the Kansas City Chiefs announced the organization fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton after the team's loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

The Chiefs fielded one of the worst defenses in the NFL this season, in terms of yards and points allowed per game. Despite finishing the season tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for most sacks in the NFL, the Chiefs failed to register a sack when they needed it most - Sunday afternoon against the Patriots.

After allowing 37 points to Tom Brady and company, the Chiefs decided it was time to move on from Sutton as the team's defensive coordinator.

In the wake of his firing, a major name popped up as a possible replacement for Sutton. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Rex Ryan is a candidate to take over the Chiefs defense.

Ryan last full stint as a defensive coordinator came when he led the Ravens defense from 2005-2008. However he remained very involved on the defensive side of the ball with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills when he was the head coach.

Despite the numerous coaching changes this season, Ryan remained with ESPN instead of taking a defensive coordinator position. We'll have to wait and see if Ryan wants the Chiefs job.