Dec 29, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid talks with cornerback Sean Smith (27) during the Chiefs 27-24 overtime loss to the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Liu-USA TODAY Sports

Sean Smith Is Taking Reps With First Team Defense

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Kansas City Chiefs corner back, Sean Smith, has been dealing with a demotion to a backup role since his DUI arrest back in May. Coach Reid has been very stern in the fact that mistakes as careless as that will not be tolerated.

What made Smith’s arrest even worse (though it was his first offense) was the fact that he did right in the middle of OTA’s. The team was in the early stages of their off season program and Smith went out partying and made a big mistake.

Since, Coach Reid has stuck with Ron Parker as his starter, a journeyman that the Chiefs claimed off waivers last season in what Mitch Holthus calls the “magnificent seven”. Seven players the Chiefs took off waivers and all seven made contributions.

While Parker might be a solid option as a second or third option at corner, he proved last Thursday night against the Bengals why he is not a good option as a starter. Parker was dusted by A.J. Green for a 53 yard gain, then gave up a touchdown to Brandon Tate on a quick slant. Granted, it was just the first preseason game, Parker had an opportunity to show something, ANYTHING, and he fell flat.

So, going back to Sean Smith, with his opportunity to prove why is the best option opposite Marcus Cooper, he made the most of it. Smith jumped a comeback route on his first play of the game, taking it to the house for an easy pick six and showing a little “Prime Time” while he did it. Granted, Smith didn’t have to square off against A.J. Green but still, he made the most of his opportunity.

As a result of Parkers poor play, and Smith’s good play, the Chiefs have come up with a three way rotation in practice for Smith, Parker, and Cooper.

 

 

I think we all agree that, while he isn’t the best corner back in the league, he is definitely the better option over Parker. This week, if Smith takes starting reps in the game, he’ll line-up against a young, mediocre receiving corp from the Carolina Panthers.

The corners are an area of concern for the Chiefs this season and the sooner that the Coaches take Smith out of timeout and get him back with the first team, the better off the defense will be.

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