October 14, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs free safety Kendrick Lewis (23) during the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

So Long, Kendrick Lewis


Parting is such sweet sorrow, and the Chiefs have done a lot of parting the last few weeks. Today, we say goodbye to defensive stalwart back Kendrick Lewis.

The tragedy of Kendrick Lewis begins in 2010. A fifth round pick out of Mississippi, Lewis was once considered to be a longterm solution for the Chiefs at free safety. Playing in Romeo Crennel’s cover two defense, Lewis intercepted three passes, defended six more, and forced two fumbles in his rookie season. This was enough to earn him a +4.2 grade from Pro Football Focus and receive the early distinction of a valuable Scott Pioli draft pick.

2011 saw Lewis start all 16 games. He intercepted three more passes, forced and recovered a fumble, and finished in the top 25 for coverage grade for safeties for the second-straight season.

Lewis and Romeo were a match made in heaven.

Then a terrible thing happeend. In 2012 Lewis had surgery on his shoulder during the off season and then re-injured the same shoulder during a preseason game against St. Louis. In total Lewis would miss seven regular season games and would perform poorly in the games he did play.

Romeo was fired and his relationship with Lewis was terminated.

Lewis was heartbroken. 2013 saw a complete scheme change for the Chiefs, which did not benefit Lewis much. Still slowed by his bad shoulder, Lewis was asked to play a different role from Crennel’s defense. This led to a difficult season for Lewis, especially around the time Kansas City’s pass rush started slowing down.

Injuries plus scheme change meant it was time for Lewis to go, and Lewis fell on his sword. We say so long to you, Mr. Lewis. May you find Romeo to be as sweet in the afterlife as he was here in Kansas City.

So long, Kendrick Lewis.

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    He can ole’ his way onto the KCI tarmac.

  • DieHard_ChiefsFan

    Yes i heard Romeo in installing a new 2 handed touch style of defense so he should make about 1/2 of those tackles on players that come his way. Sorry but his last couple of years were HORRIBLE. If he works out great with Romeo then good for him. BUT, im glad to see him go as we need stop getting burned down the field…

    • KcNdaRock

      Agreed he hurt his shoulder cause he tried shoulder tackling everyone. I knew if lewis was the one chasing it was a td .

  • berttheclock

    This is one instance of a NFL player taking a pay cut when signing with a new team. His 2013 salary with the Chiefs was $1,374,725. He signed with the Texans for $975,000 with only $100,000 guaranteed.

    • KcNdaRock

      What I know not all pro players make mills but 100,000 is down right a hell no. Long term / weekly injuries is not worth 100k. He finished college right? Prob could make more for using his degree without the wear and tear on the body plus be with his family. Good luck lewis

  • freshmeat62

    His 1st 2 years I was a Lewis fan, but last year he was a fish out of water. I hope he does well w/ Romeo again.

  • Lyle Graversen

    I understand he was better in Romeo’s scheme, but his only asset that I can see him bringing to a team is being able to help line guys up and surely you could train someone else to do that. He’s slow, can’t tackle, can’t cover man to man, takes bad angles, has shown minimal ball skills, and didn’t contribute on special teams. I wouldn’t want him back as our 4th safety on the roster at the vet minimum. I’d much rather have an undrafted rookie with the hope of some upside. Good luck Houston!