Like the situation at right tackle, the safety position opposite of Tyrann Mathieu was changed in the week 6 game. Thornhill replacing Sorenson became a popular belief among all Chief’s fans who watched any part of the first five weeks. The image of Mathieu throwing his arms in the air out of disgust of a play Sorenson had ran through social media and made it quite obvious to all that a change was needed.
Thornhill was finally thrown into the starting lineup in week 6, where the Chiefs held Washington to only 13 points, the best performance the defense has had all season. Heading into week 7, Thornhill is on the cusp of securing the starting job all to himself, but must make sure to perform against the Titans. No one has seemed to stop Derrick Henry after week 1, as he is on pace to have another historic season. Stopping the run and tackling will be the defense’s most important task on Sunday.
As Sorenson has been thought of more as a run helping safety and Thornhill has been more of a coverage safety, an impressive performance against the Titans would guarantee Thornhill the job and put a large damp on the playing time seen from Sorenson.