The San Diego Chargers have owned one of the NFL‘s most inconsistent pass defenses in recent seasons, but have added a first round pick in CB Jason Verrett and a pro bowl No. 1 corner in Brandon Flowers this offseason to fix their secondary issues.
Flowers, a former Kansas City Chief, was released by his former team this offseason and chose to stay within the division to play for San Diego and become the team’s top corner option. In his six seasons with Kansas City, Flowers gathered 374 (326 solo) total tackles, two sacks, 91 passes defensed, 17 interceptions, three touchdowns, and four forced fumbles.
Flowers’ skills will be on display in a secondary that includes another pro bowl player in safety Eric Weddle, who will remain as the team’s top defensive player even with Flowers in town.
Flowers will pair with Verrett to form one of the league’s top corner duos, at least that is what San Diego is hoping. Verrett has been struggling a bit during his first few months with the team, but should be fine by September.
That being said, veteran corner Richard Marshall will now assume the slot corner position, where he is most comfortable and plays at his best. Marshall gives the team flexibility to move Verrett or Flowers inside also due to his experience playing on the boundary, which may even be a better fit for Flowers, as he starred in that role last season for Kansas City.
There is no doubt that Flowers will add a great deal of spunk to this San Diego secondary, and he finally gives San Diego a legitimate No. 1 corner in their secondary.