There is no question one of the biggest improvements the Kansas City Chiefs must make from last season is the secondary. The good news is the defensive backs are showing potential to make plays in camp, which is something that will hopefully transition over to the regular season.
“(Brandon Flowers) and Sean (Smith) are both really good players,” quarterback Alex Smith said, according to KCChiefs.com. “It’s tough when you’re quarterback. You’re looking at matchups and then you look over and you have two really good guys on the upside of the ball. It makes it tough. They’re a great test every day. It makes us better. He (Flowers) definitely got the best of me today on that one. He’s played a long time and played a lot of football, so not only does he have the ability but he understands concepts and route recognizing and then he can take some chances. It’s tough.”
The play Smith is referring to occurred in an 11-on-11 drill in which Flowers made a great read and intercepted the signal caller.
“We usually play a lot of bump-and-run coverage out here,” Flowers told KCChiefs.com. “I went off man, just to change up the D, read the route perfectly and I got a great break and once I came out of my break, I knew I had a chance to make a play on the ball and that’s what I did.”
Kansas City ranked dead last in the NFL last season in interceptions (seven) and 28th in passes defended (72). Obviously, these numbers must improve dramatically if the Chiefs want to be competitive in the AFC West. Hopefully, Flowers and the rest of the secondary will be able to take their building confidence and use it when it matters most.