Gone are former head coach Romeo Crennel and starting quarterback Matt Cassel and in to replace them are Andy Reid and Alex Smith respectively. Those two positions are arguably the most important on any given football team, and the Chiefs will have a fresh look in both of those critical areas.
Another part of the changing configuration in K.C. is free agent addition cornerback Sean Smith who came over from the Miami Dolphins this offseason. His three-year, $18 million deal with $11 million in guaranteed money was a big investment from the Chiefs on the 25-year-old. As a former second round pick, it’s clear Smith has plenty of talent and it showed in his role as the top corner for Miami over the past two seasons.
Statistics have never really been big on Smith’s part as he has just five career interceptions in his four NFL seasons. His game is more about being physical, and at 6’3” 218lbs. he is one of the league’s biggest corners.
He will provide the perfect complement to his counterpart starting on the other side of the secondary in 5’9” 187-pound Brandon Flowers who has been a ball magnet in his first five seasons. Flowers has 16 career interceptions as one of the league’s top corners during the past half-decade.
Smith may be penciled in as the starter at the other corner position for now, but 10-year veteran Dunta Robinson also signed with K.C. in the offseason. He figures to play the nickel position which is almost just as important as the two starting corners in today’s pass-happy NFL. This trio will be one of the league’s top coverage units in 2013 with their collection of size, speed, and veteran savvy.
Adding these corners may have been in preparation for the Chiefs’ bi-yearly meetings with the Denver Broncos in the AFC West. Peyton Manning and company have loaded up on offense weapons to spread out opposing defenses, and the Chiefs appear to be ahead of the curve in gearing up to stop that vaunted passing attack.
The Chiefs may have ranked 12th in the league in pass defense allowing an average of 220.8 yards per game in 2012, but they hope to improve on that solid mark even more with their additions in the secondary this offseason.