One of the areas the Kansas City Chiefs needed changed and upgraded when GM John Dorsey came to town was the defensive secondary. After former GM Scott Pioli failed to retain starter Brandon Carr last offseason and signed Stanford Routt from the Oakland Raiders, it was a move that did not prove to be a good one. Carr flourished in his first season with the Dallas Cowboys and Routt was cut by mid-season after struggling opposite Brandon Flowers. Strong safety Kendrick Lewis struggled with injuries last season and the Chiefs found themselves using backups and plug-ins for half their defensive backfield.
Turn the page to 2013 and there has been drastic changes made in the Chiefs secondary. Mr. Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid brought in former Atlanta Falcons CB Dunta Robinson and later landed another hot corner in Sean Smith from the Miami Dolphins. They decided to trade away Javier Arenas for a fullback straight up and then drafted CB Sanders Commings out of Georgia in the 2013 NFL Draft. So this season the Chiefs secondary will look a lot different than it looked a year ago and CB Brandon Flowers is excited about the new faces.
"We going out there trying to have the best secondary," Flowers told NFL Network's "NFL AM" on Wednesday. "Sean Smith is a big corner who can bump and run, we brought in Dunta Robinson, someone who can come in and cover. Also, Eric Berry is always roaming on the back end. If we put it all together, man, I think we have the pieces to be the best secondary in the NFL."
Some strong words from one of the veterans on the Chiefs defense considering the pass defense ranked fourth-worst total in the NFL, giving up 29 touchdowns through the air. But when half your secondary is weak, it is bound to have struggles over the course of the season.
Sean Smith should be able to use his size to jam the big wideouts at the line of scrimmage and Dunta Robinson's versatility allows new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton to line him up outside, inside, or at safety. Sanders Commings is another nice sizeable cornerback who comes from an SEC defense out of college that could have an immediate impact his rookie year. SS Eric Berry is an ascending player along with Flowers, and although he was a Pro Bowler last season, Chiefs fans would like to see some more out of the former fifth overall selection.
With the new pieces in place that includes depth, this new Chiefs secondary could make noise in 2013. Also, the secret to a great secondary is a great pass rush, and with the Chiefs two bookend linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, the defense as a whole could be primed for a strong year.
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