Last year, the Kansas City Chiefs defense led the team to a 9-0 record. Game after game the defense was able to come up with a huge play that would lead to another win. It was an exciting time for Chiefs fans, as we knew we could rely on the powerful defense to win the game for us.
After the bye week, things changed. Opposing offenses were able to keep themselves in the game, as the Chiefs’ defense (mainly the secondary) suffered tremendously throughout the back half of the season.
Going into 2014, it’s hard to be optimistic about the Kansas City Chiefs’ secondary. The best player the Chiefs have out there is safety Eric Berry, the rest are just meh in my opinion.
Right now the Chiefs have Berry, Husain Abdullah, and Sanders Commings listed at safety and Marcus Cooper, Sean Smith, Ron Parker, Phillip Gaines, and Chris Owens at cornerback. By now it’s common knowledge that Brandon Flowers was released last week, making it even more difficult to be confident in this secondary.
So, what will 2014 be like for the Chiefs’ secondary? Berry is the obvious starter at safety and Abdullah is currently taking all of the snaps with the first team. Abdullah had a decent season last year and he was recently signed to an extended deal. Honestly though, it’s not really the safety position that I’m concerned about.
I covered college cornerbacks prior to this year’s draft and was excited that the Chiefs went with Gaines in the third round. Sure, he wasn’t a top prospect, but he was a need for the team and will definitely see playing time in 2014.
The rest, though, meh. I couldn’t even tell you who will start because none of them are clear cut starters in my opinion. Flowers was the best cornerback on the roster by far and while I get why the Chiefs released him, it still stings a bit knowing we don’t have a solid corner to replace him with.
The last half of 2013 was brutal to watch and I would hate for Kansas City’s secondary to choke again in 2014.
Maybe I’m just overreacting though. Do you think the secondary will be good in 2014 or will it be a repeat of the end of last year? Leave your comments below, follow us on Twitter, and Like us on Facebook!