The Kansas City Chiefs have had an interesting start to their offseason practices. One of the most notable is the absence of six year starter Brandon Flowers.
Before the draft the Chiefs announced they were willing to trade Flowers for more selections in the draft. Many Chiefs fans, myself included, starting looking at the pros and cons to losing a veteran like Flowers on our defense. The Seattle Seahawks proved in Super Bowl XLVIII that defense wins games and it is important for the Chiefs to have the right guys in place this fall.
Let’s look at who the Chiefs have been starting during training camp. Top starter has been Marcus Cooper. This will be Cooper’s second season with the Chiefs. Cooper showed promise in his rookie season posting 44 tackles and 3 interceptions. Next is veteran Ron Parker that put up 17 tackles, 1 sack for a loss, and 2 interceptions last season. Playing in the nickel position is first year player, Malcolm Bronson.
Flowers final numbers last season were 68 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception. He only started in 13 games and had his worst season of his career.
It is worth mentioning Sean Smith as an potential starter this coming season. Why hasn’t he been starting at training camp? Smith was cited for driving under the influence June 9. Smith is currently working with the second team due to a probation from the league. He did have 47 tackles and 2 interceptions last season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him in the starting rotation after his probation is concluded.
It is not a secret that general manager John Dorsey likes having big, physical players in the cornerback position. Flowers stood at 5’9″ and struggled in the new defense Bob Sutton designed. Releasing Flowers may have been the best thing for the Chiefs as they rebuild under Andy Reid as well as what’s best for Flowers to have a successful career.
As Chiefs fans look forward to new faces starting at cornerback next season, we also want to say thank you to Brandon Flowers. Thank you for being a part of the Chiefs Kingdom for the last six years and good luck in your career.