As the Kansas City Chiefs defense continues to impress, cornerback Brandon Flowers will eventually start to receive national attention. Saying he is looking forward to facing the league’s best quarterback, as he told Kent Babb, is a sure way to speed up that process.
“I’m excited,” Flowers said, “to go against Peyton.”
For the second consecutive week, Flowers had a game-changing interception. He might be the team’s best defensive player, and he’s also the centerpiece of a secondary that, coach Todd Haley has said, has the skills to be someday considered among the league’s best.
It has youth and skill, and when things happen the way they did Sunday, Flowers said it makes him think the Chiefs can keep any offense in check.
“All the competing, all the hard work in practice, you can see it paying off right now,” said Flowers, in his third year. “We’re definitely showing people we’re not the same team as last year. We’ve got a whole new coaching staff, new players. We’ve just got to keep it going.”
It’s not often that you hear a corner talking about looking forward to working against Manning. It’s the type of attitude that this defense seems to have this year that I haven’t seen in years: We don’t care who you are or where you came from, we are ready to send you back battered and bruised.
Todd Haley has talked about Flowers starting to find his way to more interceptions and he improves. I think it will actually be Brandon Carr playing on the other side of the field and Javier Arenas in the slot that will snag more picks as Flowers improves.
Manning isn’t going to shy away from any corner, but there are certainly more human signal callers that will know where Flowers is on the field and try to pick on the other defensive backs. With more chances for Carr and Arenas will no doubt come more stats.