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Chiefs mailbag: Questions about the secondary abound after Broncos loss

12/02/2013 9:23 AM

01/02/2014 3:51 PM

Chiefs fans were not happy after the Chiefs' 35-28 loss to the Broncos on Sunday, and really, who could blame them? It's no fun seeing Peyton Manning go “Robo QB” on your team while scoring 28 unanswered points, especially after you take a 21-7 lead at home. That said, it's no surprise that most of the questions I fielded in a fairly random postgame Twitter Q&A centered around the secondary’s regression. Questions about Eric Berry, Marcus Cooper, Brandon Flowers and the general scheme were abound, and really, it makes sense. The Chiefs’ defense has been shredded three games in a row — four if you count the Buffalo win — and if the secondary’s “swag” was at “a high level” earlier in the season, as Sean Smith said it was, it’s probably not anymore, as they all took turns getting dissected by Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Even still, Chiefs safeties Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis were defiant, like any good leaders need to be after a loss (at least with the media). “We still believe,” Lewis said. “It’s a couple games. We come back, we correct our mistakes, and we’re right back in the playing field. We control our own destiny. We take care of business from here on out and everything is back to normal.” Berry agreed while also praising Manning, who completed 22 of 35 passes for 403 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions on Sunday. “He’s played a lot of football,” Berry said. “You have guys that play football and you have football players. He’s a football player. When it’s down to it, he’s going to make plays. You just have to try to set yourself up in the end to where you can compete with him and compete in the fourth quarter. That’s what we did. We just have to keep pushing; it’s a sense of urgency tomorrow. We’re going to try to get these things corrected.” Indeed, the Chiefs remain 9-3 and are still on pace to make the playoffs, so there’s that. But there’s little doubt the three straight losses have zapped the momentum of their 9-0 start, and they better get it back before this streak turns really ugly. With that said, let's get to the good stuff.


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