The Kansas City Chiefs young secondary is quickly becoming my favorite in the league and it doesn’t bother me that they’re my rivals. This Chiefs secondary is filled with talent across the field, none are older than 25 years of age and they’re just scratching the surface. For all you fantasy football people, you might just have to take note when your WR’s go up against the Chiefs because you might not get much points and what’s even more scary is the Chiefs added depth in the draft this past April. Maybe the Chiefs want to fly under the radar but they deserve your respect and attention because if someone asks you who do you think are the top 5 secondary’s in the league; how many would even mention the Chiefs? Probably the first 2 that come to mind are the Packers and Eagles, hard to argue that but these young Chiefs, the protection agency of Arrowhead is about to sky rocket. Now without further of due let me introduce to you the Kansas City Chiefs Protection Agency.
BRANDON FLOWERS (25) : Clearly the leader of the bunch, rarely ever gets thrown too; a total of 97 passes went his way last year in 17 games which is good for about 5 targets a game. Don’t let the low interceptions he had in 2010 fool you either, Flowers can easily flirt with 10 and a threat to run it back for a touchdown as well. He was 4th in the NFL by allowing just 2 yards after the catch and had a success rate of 60%.
ERIC BERRY (22) : Had a slow start to the 2010 season but of course as season progressed so did Eric. After allowing 3 touchdowns in weeks 1-7 Berry only allowed 1 touchdown from weeks 8-17. Posted 90 total tackles in 2010 and i expect that to increase in 2011 as well as keeping his YAC low as he halved the yards allowed after catch in the 2nd half of the 2010 season (84yds to 48yds). Berry is entering his sophomore year and already having talks as being the best DB option in IDP worlds, still has room to grow but numbers speak for itself and we could be witnessing the next “Ed Reed”.
BRANDON CARR (25) : One of the leagues more underrated defenders, usually never hear of him because he gets overshadowed by Flowers. Has a success rate better than Flowers at 61% and was thrown to nearly 10 more times. Carr holds his own opposite of Flowers and is another CB you shouldn’t be sleeping on.
JAVIER ARENAS (23) : Javier is a deadly duo threat as he plays the nickelback and serves as a return man. Just like his counterpart, McCluster, Arenas can take it to the house on any return at any given time. Lots of room for improvement for Arenas entering his 2nd year as he’ll once again deal with the slot WR’s and improve on his 45% success rate he posted in 2010. He’s going to have to play his best because the one who sits behind Javier can replace him. You might not want to punt to this kid, could be Hester-like soon.
KENDRICK LEWIS (23) : Kendrick is entering his sophomore season as well, started in 10 games but played in 12 total back in 2010. In limited action Lewis posted 7 pass deflections and had 3 interceptions to go along with 1 forced fumble. I would like to see him increase his tackles in 2011 as he only had 30 total in 2010. He should be the clear cut starter alongside Eric Berry to give the Chiefs one of the youngest safety tandems and deadly duo’s in the league.
JALIL BROWN (23) : Drafted in the 3rd round by the Chiefs in the 2011 NFL Draft, Jalil entered the draft under the radar. He was overshadowed by his fellow Buffalo Jimmy Smith. Don’t mistaken Jalil’s talent though, he usually drew the opponents best WR as they shy away from Jimmy’s side. Jalil led Colorado with 3 interceptions and 5 pass deflections as well as posting 46 total tackles. He could push Javier for playing time as he is a better cover at nickelback so we’ll see come camp.
There you have it folks, Arrowheads Protection Agency. They’re about to be a problem for opposing Quarterbacks and offensive coordinators and they have the depth to keep em afloat. In 2010 this young secondary allowed 23 passing touchdowns and had 14 interceptions. They allowed 207 passing yards per game and allowed 5.7 NET yards per attempt which was good for 5th in the league. They face a daunting challenge in 2011 that I believe they can live up too; a tough schedule to begin with. These are the Quarterbacks they’re going to have to deal with in 2011 Matthew Stafford, Peyton Manning, Philip Rivers (twice), Tom Brady, Big Ben, Jay Cutler and the peoples champ Aaron Rodgers. Flowers and company are going to have their hands full so are they going to man up to the challenge and improve on their impressive 2010 numbers or are they going to give their fellow Chiefs fans a long grueling season? I believe they’ll rise to the challenge and give these Quarterbacks nightmares as well as their offensive coordinators. You DO NOT want to sleep on this young secondary the Kansas City Chiefs have built.