It feels like we’ve been waiting for this Kansas City Chiefs defense to put it all together for ages. KC was a trendy pick to win the AFC West last year partially for this reason, but an avalanche of other factors squelched that effort and landed the Chiefs at 2-14. Namely poor quarterback play.
With new Chiefs QB Alex Smith manning center, you would expect the turnovers to go down and less pressure to be placed on this defense. If KC can even nab some leads, expect CB Brandon Flowers to wreak havoc like he did in his practice pick-six at Chiefs training camp.
“We usually play a lot of bump-and-run coverage out here,” Flowers said, via the team website. “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.”
Flowers lost an excellent corner counterpart in free agency prior to the 2012 season, with Brandon Carr departing. KC finally filled that hole with a confident answer here in 2013, adding gifted free agent Sean Smith.
“Yeah, he’s a good player,” Smith said, via the team website. “He and (Smith) are both really good players. 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.”