There have been multiple problems in the Chiefs’ secondary this season. The loss of CB Brandon Carr has hurt badly. CB Brandon Flowers’ foot injury has slowed him and limited the team. So has FS Kendrick Lewis’ shoulder, which has kept him out since the preseason. The depth took a hit when reserve CB Jalil Brown suffered a hamstring injury in Week Four.
What does that leave?
It’s the question the Chiefs’ coaches, especially DB coach Emmitt Thomas and head coach Romeo Crennel, have asked themselves on a weekly basis. They certainly will have to use a patchwork unit again Sunday against the Ravens and one of the better no-huddle passing attacks in the NFL. And it won’t help a bit if LB Derrick Johnson can’t play. He’s easily the Chiefs’ best linebacker in coverage.
SS Eric Berry has been a big disappointment, coming off ACL surgery. He hasn’t regained his confidence, full movement skills or playmaking ability. Berry was victimized several times against the Chargers, flagged twice on the opening defensive series for pass interference and allowed two catches to TE Antonio Gates. The Chiefs need better from the former No. 5 overall pick.
The team is having to lean on its reserves more than it cares to. DB Travis Daniels might have to start at an outside CB spot, even though he might be a more natural safety. That’s the role he plays in the team’s dime defense.
Flowers, Lewis and Brown are all question marks for Sunday, and their injuries have been chronic issues, too, making them weekly concerns. How much longer can the Chiefs go with such a shorthanded group and a spotty pass rush in front of it?
- Romeo Crennel