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Sean Smith ‘not far away’ from retaking starting cornerback job, Chiefs defensive coordinator says

Cornerback Sean Smith started 15 games for Chiefs last season but was demoted to the second team during organized team activities in June shortly after he was arrested for driving under the influence. Now, defensive coordinator Bob Sutton says Smith is close to becoming a starter again.
Cornerback Sean Smith started 15 games for Chiefs last season but was demoted to the second team during organized team activities in June shortly after he was arrested for driving under the influence. Now, defensive coordinator Bob Sutton says Smith is close to becoming a starter again. The Kansas City Star

On Saturday, Chiefs coach Andy Reid addressed what cornerback Sean Smith needs to do to earn his starting job back.

On Sunday, it was defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s turn.

“This is a competitive unit and I think he’s just got to keep competing — he is not far away,” Sutton said. “He has obviously played a lot of football, played very well for us. We just thought coming out of the spring, the way it shook down that the other guys were a little in front. So we went that way as we started camp.”

Sutton followed by hammering home the point that technique at the position will be emphasized throughout camp, particularly in press coverage.

“And I am going to keep saying this for these guys, especially out there: when you line up as close as I am to this microphone, you don’t have a lot of time to make adjustments so you’ve got to be able to play great technique,” Sutton said.

“So those guys have got to drill down and you’ve got to become consistent in that technique then. So those are all the things, and that be for Sean, Phillip Gaines, (Ron) Parker, I don’t care who it is. All those guys are in the same boat. They’ve got to keep working technique, technique, technique.”

Smith started 15 games for Chiefs last season but was demoted to the second team during organized team activities in June shortly after he was arrested for driving under the influence.

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