Chiefs mailbag: Could Brandon Flowers move to free safety?
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So without further ado ― and in my absolute best Heath Ledger Joker voice ― here ... we go.Honestly, this is something I never really considered before this tweet. But once I saw it, I wondered why I hadn't really considered it. Cornerback Brandon Flowers made his first Pro Bowl this season, but the irony is it might have been his worst season in some time, as his Pro Football Focus grade of negative-5.9 was the lowest defensive grade on the whole team. Yes folks, that includes safety Kendrick Lewis, who has understandably earned the scorn of the fans for his play down the stretch but still managed to post a grade of negative-2.8 in nearly 200 more snaps than Flowers. Honestly, I'm not quite sure what happened to Flowers in 2013. He's only 28, so he should be in his prime. My first guess is that he was more beat up than he was willing to admit for most of the year, and remember, he did miss two games with a balky knee earlier in the season. That is just speculation on my part, though I did hear some whispers he was battling through some injury stuff. If I had to make another guess, I'd say his midseason move to nickel corner, where he often defended slot receivers, was a little tougher than he thought. He never played inside before, and he admitted at the outset it would be a bit of an adjustment, though I thought he played pretty well there in the playoff game against Indianapolis. Remember, the Colts finished their comeback after Flowers left the game with a concussion, leaving the task of defending T.Y. Hilton to the likes of Dunta Robinson (and we all know how that turned out). Anyway, back to the question. I figured that if Chiefs general manager John Dorsey prefers bigger corners (which he does), the least I could do is ask Chiefs coach Andy Reid if they've even considered moving the 5-foot-9, 187-pound Flowers to free safety, where there is currently a significant need. His response? “Brandon? No,” Reid recently said with laugh. “Probably not at safety, no. I mean, you know, he's a Pro Bowl cornerback.” So there you go. Now, this doesn’t mean the Chiefs won’t be looking to upgrade their cornerback play, because I’m quite sure they will. But it appears that for now, Flowers is seen as part of the solution, not part of the problem.