Eric Berry was the fifth overall selection in April’s draft, but that doesn’t mean the Chiefs top pick is a know it all. As The Star’s Adam Teicher reports, Berry is planning to lean on starting cornerbacks Brandon Car and Brandon Flowers along with defensive backs coach and Chiefs hall of famer Emmitt Thomas.
“They’ve seen a lot more than I have,” Berry said. “I’m coming from college, the college level, and they’ve been playing in this league for three years. All I can do is just pick their brains and figure out what I can use.”
Berry knows he’ll have to adjust quickly. He’s expected to begin the season as an immediate contributor and likely starter at one of the safety positions. Berry has plenty of talent but little experience, and that’s why Thomas appeared this weekend to take a special interest in him.
Thomas worked one-on-one with Berry during part of Saturday’s afternoon workout, staying by Berry’s side while the rookie was on the sideline.
Berry said Thomas is making himself known quickly to Kansas City’s rookies, leading secondary meetings and introducing the youngsters to his style.
“Coach Thomas, he’s a very personable guy,” Berry said. “He’s very down to earth. He doesn’t have that big ego or whatever. He encourages us to ask questions. Having him in the meeting room is truly a blessing.”
After all of the issues that the Chiefs had last season with their safeties, it’s huge to have a guy like Emmitt Thomas on the coaching staff. The Falcons loss will definitely be the Chiefs gain.
It’s true that a coach can only do so much and that you need talent, but there are very few people you’d rather have guiding the career of Eric Berry than Emmitt Thomas.