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Chiefs’ Dunta Robinson Lines Up Opposite Brandon Flowers


According to the Kansas City Star, Kansas City Chiefs free agent CB Dunta Robinson is lining up as a starter, opposite Brandon Flowers.

From the Star:

On defense, newly signed Akeem Jordan was the starting inside linebacker along with Derrick Johnson. Dunta Robinson and Brandon Flowers were the starting cornerbacks with Sean Smith coming in for the nickel defense. In that instance, Flowers shifted to cover the slot receiver.

Some interesting stuff here. Often the nickel corner will find himself covering the slot receiver while the starters stay on the outside. In this instance, however, KC has Flowers moving on to the slot guy.

The Chiefs have had a lot of difficulty covering slot receivers and tight ends in recent years. Former Alabama CB Javier Areans has been the Chiefs’ nickel recently and has played well at times but has also struggled.

Some thought the Chiefs might make Robinson move to safety while Smith played on the outside but it appears Andy Reid is mixing things up a little bit right now.

The good news is that the Chiefs significantly upgraded their defensive backfield, at least on paper.

With the league working more and more to spread defenses out, it might not be a bad idea to have a player like Flowers move to cover some of the leagues slot receivers in obvious passing situations. After all, slot receivers are generally pretty small so Flowers would match up well. Smith, who is much taller than your average corner, might be a better matchup on the outside against certain receivers.

Flexibility is the key here and it looks like the Chiefs have it.

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  • chiefridgy

    Wow. Interesting

  • Priest4Prez

    I Like it!! Mix it up

  • ArrowFan

    Who is next to Berry?

    • Michael Shaw

      Dang! You beat me to it!!!

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I’d guess lewis

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Yup. Dude looks pretty rocked up too from the looks of the recent training video on kcchiefs.com.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    It’s only temporary. He won’t beat Smith to that job.

    • NathanaelL

      I don’t if he can return to thee form he had his rookie year (6 picks) he may very well beat out smith. You know Atlanta did not have a good group of CB’s be fore he was there. His lack of picks with them may have more to with how he was used or circumstance than it did his ability. Not that I care. Isay let the best man win!

      • NathanaelL

        hmm that was supposed to be “i don’t know”

      • Stacy D. Smith

        The contracts also seem to indicate what they have in mind. Smith has the larger deal. Hard for me to imagine he’ll be the higher paid player, but be relegated to Nickelback.

    • NicholasAlanClayton

      Maybe yes maybe no. Robinson is great in zone and along the sidelines, but he really struggled for Atlanta in the slot. Especially with Welker coming to town, it makes a lot of sense to but Smith or Flowers there in nickel sets.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Smith struggles in coverage against smaller, faster wideouts. He’s not ideal for Nickel. Neither is Robinson though (for the same reason). He’d be great at Free Safety though.

  • GDL40

    I like it !

  • Kyle ferguson

    Countering the broncos move picking up wes welker. Now flowers will cover Wes with the big corner smith covering Thomas. Great move if you ask me

  • Billie Cabral

    One would assume they are prepping for Wes Welker now in our division since the Donkeys are the clear cut favorites for most people.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    We will be seeing a lot of 3 cbs on the field. I want 3 tough, man coverage, whipping tail at the LOS guys on the field. Disrupt timing an allow front 7 to beat the u know what out of the QB. Bring pressure all day. Out of our 3 cbs how do they do against the run??