Even more impressive? They did it without Eric Berry and a true nose tackle, both of which the Chiefs now have.
Without Berry, Kansas City still boasted the sixth-ranked pass defense in the NFL. Returning veterans like 2010 fifth-round surprise safety Kendrick Lewis and the vastly underrated corner Brandon Flowers will now be reunited with the transcendent talent of Berry to form arguably the most talented backfield gang since defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas took the field at old Municipal Stadium with Johnny Robinson and Jim Marsalis.
Carthon spoke highly of the former Cleveland Browns running back, and said he’s been a great fit not only on the field but in the classroom as well.
“He brings a part of that toughness running inside or running outside as well, but he’s been good also in the classroom,” said Carthon. “He’s been in this offense before, so he’s teaching and helping me and some of the younger guys learn this offense. That was a great pick for us to get him and our scouting department did a great job getting us someone like that. I think he’ll help us win this year.”
Banks also has worked out with the Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs. With many general managers and coaches taking their vacations beginning this week, it’s unlikely another tryout is in Banks’ immediate future.
On Monday, Around the League spoke with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, who has made it clear Banks is facing an uphill challenge after not playing football since high school.
“The baseline of his conditioning right now, he’s big enough, he’s got the body to have a chance, he moves OK, we can see all that,” Carroll said. “Now we have to see if he can get stronger, and quicker and faster in the next month and a half, which is a very difficult challenge for him.”