“They’re on the verge of winning the division and clinching a playoff berth,” said former Chiefs defensive back Jayice Pearson. “There couldn’t have been too many people who thought that back in the preseason. I don’t think anybody saw this coming. They’re definitely ahead of schedule.”
Think of moments, too. Dexter McCluster returned a punt for a touchdown, and Derrick Johnson set up another score with a key forced fumble in a season-opening win that went down to the last play. Brandon Flowers returned an interception for a touchdown against the Browns, the difference in a two-point victory. Haley admittedly got lucky with the timing of a timeout before a field goal against the Bills.
But there’s no doubt Berry’s role has changed. He once was the improvising, ball-hawking defender who could do what he wanted on a football field. Now, he’s confined to system that relies on sticking to assignments and sometimes passing up opportunities to make the plays that defined his career in Knoxville. He has three interceptions this season, and maybe that’s fewer than some expected.
Patrick Allen is VP of Content for the FanSided Network. He also serves the managing editor of the network's very first site, Arrowhead Addict. Originally from Ohio, Patrick is a Chiefs fan first and a Browns fan second (I know!). He also pulls for the Buckeyes, Indians and Cavs. Guinness is thinking of naming him the most miserable sports fan of all time. @rpatrickallen