Three Questions: Kansas City Chiefs Secondary

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December 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) celebrates after an interception against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

We are now 22 days away from the start of training camp in St. Joseph, Missouri which means were are that much closer to the start of the 2014 season. To help us get prepared for training camp we are asking three questions for each position group that we’ll need answered by the time week one kicks off.

Today we are discussing the secondary, a much maligned group during the offseason after the Chiefs blew a 38-10 lead in the playoffs. Gone are Kendrick Lewis, Quintin Demps, Dunta Robinson, and Brandon Flowers; in are Chris Owens and Phillip Gaines. For the most part people will likely agree with the departures from the secondary but there is some concern the Chiefs didn’t add enough in the offseason to fix the holes.

There are some reasons to be positive about the secondary but there are far more questions than answers at this point. Let’s take a look at three of those questions.

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  • micah stephenson

    I like Abdullah as the other safefy. I wonder how good is S.Commings cb skills, can he play safety or cb? Who is going b the #1 CB this year? Wat is David Van Dikes 40 time?

    • area

      I couldn’t find a thing on David Van Dyke, but his cousin is fast as all get-out, 4.28 I think I read. Everything I have read on Commings states that he is a more physical, jamming type cornerback, good closing speed but has trouble turning his hips, which in turn hurts his zone coverage performance. oh, yeah, and he hits like a truck. He has the size and speed for either cb or fs so I expect him to play either in specific situational sets.

    • Andy

      Micah, safety is almost a position of strength. I like our starters, need a little depth Abdullah, I think, played some CB last year. Hee will be better this year considering he knows the D and has his nfl legs after being out of the game for a year.

    • Chuck Burrell

      Look for comings to be a situational player. He’ll be a part of the dime package, I’m assuming. I also see him rotating in at safety, which is nice because I think Abdullah can share time with Berry in the box beside DJ when we go to our 2-4-5 set. I’m not sure if it’s hype or reality, but I’ve read that Mays is an upgrade in both defending the pass and rushing the passer over Jordan. If he’s decent, we may not see a whole lot of DBs on the field at the same time like we did last year. Which means that our DBs will rotate more often, leaving them fresh at the end of the game, much like our DL depth providing us with a stronger push later in the game. It’s all pure speculation, but a guy can hope right?

  • Kyle Mangione

    Sean Smith will be the #1 cb despite his dui arrest.

  • Reggie Flenory

    Sanders commings will be a beast at safety but we as fans cant have itboth ways we cant sat awww well flowers had a down yr last yr despite making the probowl and hes too small for the scheme then say aww shit the secondary is doomed cuz flowers was our most experienced corner now we have all these sudden holes to fill pic a side please

    • Rich Cooper

      Not gonna happen. Chiefsnation is usually half up and half down in terms of opinions. Everyone is never happy. Unless we win the SB of course.

  • Suzi Conger

    Good aricle and break-down, thanks

  • Andy

    Good article, covered it.
    If we are looking solely at this year, we are taking a step backwards, especially the first part of the season to where the inexperienced get experience by fire with SF and Denver. . But, Reid and Dorsey are building for the long term. I really like our long term prospects. Short term is sort of a mystery, at least on D and the OL.. Reid is a genius on offense, Sutton, the jury is still out.

  • tm1946

    Read the comments and thought – good fans, believe the guy who got hurt and has not played in two games is the next cannot miss. Then I thought it is the 4th weekend maybe they started drinking early.
    The Chiefs need the guys Reid feels are the right fit for what he wants to accomplish as HC. This year and maybe next will be a time for experiminting and adjusting the players on the roster to match the DC plan. In 2016, the Chiefs may be ready for the “run”.
    That is my problem, my only problem. Being almost 68, doubt I will be all that interested in all things Chiefs by the time they get where they want to be. I sort of wanted a few more wins than I predict coming in the near future. but that is just me.