Dec 28, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Ron Parker (38) is congratulated by cornerback Sean Smith (21) after Parker breaks up a pass play during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 19-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Since the beginning of John Dorsey’s tenure as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, the 54-year-old has been active in addressing the Kansas City secondary. The result has been one of the top pass defenses in the NFL, but also a high turnover rate, which would suggest no one should get too comfortable with their position.
That has continued in the 2015 offseason, so far. One wouldn’t expect the second-rated pass defense in the NFL to be so active in bringing in new talent. Yet, coming into the offseason, the Chiefs secondary was somewhat unsettled. Sean Smith is in a contract year and his agent has expressed that they have no problem playing out the contract without negotiating an extension. Husain Abdullah is also in a contract year, though an extension with him shouldn’t be a difficult goal. While not huge losses, Kurt Coleman and Chris Owens were specific role players who needed to be replaced. And then the tragic situation of Eric Berry being diagnosed with cancer.
This led to Kansas City being aggressive in adding talent to the secondary. That began with the signing of Tyvon Branch and was recently supplemented by the drafting of Marcus Peters and Steven Nelson. Added to this is the re-signing of Ron Parker. But is that enough?
Many people will say, “yes, it is.” We got a starting corner in Peters, a slot corner in Nelson, and a starting/depth safety in Branch. What else needs to be done? Well, if Dorsey’s history says anything, the answer remains plenty.
In 2013, Dorsey inherited a secondary that featured Brandon Flowers, Berry, Kendrick Lewis, Jalil Brown, and Javier Arenas. This group had largely been beaten up in 2012, though that wasn’t surprising given how bad the season went for the entire team. Dorsey immediately got to work by adding Smith, Abdullah, Quintin Demps and Dunta Robinson through free agency and then Sanders Commings in the draft.
It was clear that Dorsey intended to fix the secondary. However, those were not the only moves Dorsey made. During the season, the Chiefs would bring in Marcus Cooper and Ron Parker as free agents who were either put on waivers or cut at the end of training camp.
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