For the last four years, the Kansas City Chiefs have enjoyed the strong tandem of Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr as the team's starting cornerbacks. The pair combined to provide a solid base of a secondary that grew in ability and experience every year and grew into one of the top pairs in the entire NFL. Carr was handsomely rewarded this offseason with a $50 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys, leaving behind a secondary to figure out how to replace him.
While Stanford Routt will earn the official title as starter as the free agent brought in from the Raiders this offseason, Jalil Brown is also going to play a major part on this unit as well. The Chiefs former fourth round choice has been earning some starting reps with Flowers out with a bruise in practice and while he says it's hard, it's a great opportunity for him.
"It started off a little slow, but we picked it up in the end," said Brown. "I think the offense got the better of the practice today, but that goes with football, one time defense is, another time offense is. You just have to be ready and come out tomorrow and do the same thing."
Flowers will remain out indefinitely and Crennel said as much today. Brown is definitely not happy that his teammate is hurting, but he is happy for the chance to gain the experience.
"I wouldn't say that I'm happy, because you want your teammates to be healthy and stay safe out there," said Brown. "It is a good opportunity to get out there. Whenever the coaches put me out there - whatever position it might be - I'm trying to help the team. As a cornerback, I'll do that. If it's any other position, I'll go out there and help the team."