One of the best weapons a defense can have is a secondary that can hold its own. If your corners, especially, can stick close with the opposing wide receivers, you will see a lot of double-clutching and second guessing on the part of quarterbacks. That results in sacks, fumbles, pressures, and bad decisions/throws…all good things for your defense.
The Chiefs secondary has shown incredible improvement in the last couple of years, but this will be a big year to determine the future.
John Dorsey essentially started from scratch at the cornerback position. None of the current corners have more than two years experience (both Cooper and Flemming have been moved to safety). But it’s hard to not like the talent of these youngsters. And a lot of them bring that swagger that coaches like to see in a guy who plays on an island.
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Marcus Peters – Marcus Peters announced his presence in the NFL with authority last year. Coming in and leading the NFL in interceptions as a rookie, he’s set the bar pretty high. He still has room to grow, but the makings are there for a legit shutdown corner. It wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that the Chiefs will build their secondary around Peters and his ability to match up with most NFL wide receivers.
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