Kansas City was coached by Hank Stram, and had veteran quarterback Len Dawson running the offense. His top receiver was Otis Taylor, while the running game was a balanced attack led by Mike Garrett. Up front the strongest part of the offensive line was the left side with Ed Budde and Jim Tyrer. The defensive interior was particularly strong, with Buck Buchanan and Curley Culp, while the second level was ably handled by Bobby Bell and Willie Lanier. Stram’s defense had further benefitted from the strong rookie year of corner Jim Marsalis.
What Happened: When healthy, “The Brandon’s” held a monopoly on snaps at cornerback for yet another season.
Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr finished the year tied for the team-lead with four interceptions each. The two corners have combined to pick off 21 passes since joining the Chiefs as 2008 draft picks four seasons ago.
With the exception of a high ankle sprain sidelining Flowers for the second half of Kansas City’s Week 3 loss at San Diego, both players were readily available throughout the 2011 season. It was the first time Flowers has played a full 16-game season.