One of the big reasons the Kansas City Chiefs have started out 3-0 is due to an improved team defense. A big part of this defense is new cornerback Sean Smith. The KC Kingdom spotlight is going to shine on Smith this week against the aerial aggressive attack of the New York Giants.
With the Chiefs new blitzing defensive scheme, the corners are often left on an island, covering wide receivers with little help behind them. Sean Smith, at 6’3″ 218 pounds, offers a different type of player compared to the Chiefs’ more diminutive starting cornerback on the opposite side, Brandon Flowers.
Smith has worked out nicely in tandem with Brandon Flowers in helping the Chiefs shut down the opposing passing games. The Chiefs have allowed the 5th fewest passing yards (555), the 5th lowest completion percentage (54.9%), and only 2 touchdowns have been thrown against Kansas City. The Chiefs have also forced the 3rd worst quarterback rating (63.1).
The Chiefs’ defense leads the league in sacks with 15. The pass rushers Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, and Dontari Poe have been awesome so far but they wouldn’t be recording so many sacks without great coverage down field. Flowers and Smith are the keys to that coverage.
Smith, who played his first for years for the Dolphins in Miami, has recorded just 9 tackles, 2 passes defended, and one interception thus far.
These stats don’t tell the whole story as he has taken some pressure off Flowers, plus taking up the slack when Flowers missed some snaps with a knee injury.
Keep a close eye on number 27 on Sunday against a team that really likes to air the ball out. Smith’s performance will be a major key in containing Eli Manning, who was thrown 8 interceptions in 3 games thus far.
If Smith can come up with another pick this week, it very well could help lead to the Chiefs increasing their win total.
Smith deserves a game in the KC Kingdom spotlight. Let’s watch and see if we can ascertain just how well he is playing. This week will be a big game for the Chiefs to test just how good their pass defense can be.
Sean Smith has been huge so far. General Manager John Dorsey should be commended for going out and getting such a productive corner.