The Kansas City Chiefs defense has been constantly burned this season and that has left head coach/defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel searching for answers after every game.
While the coach and his players have yet to find those answers, the latest reason for their struggles seems to be the absence of starting safety Kendrick Lewis.
“He has a good command of the secondary and he’s a great communicator back there,” Crennel said of Lewis this week. “So when we lost him, we did lose some communication initially.”
The way the Chiefs see it, despite having every Eric Berry for every game this season and Brandon Flowers for the last five, it’s Lewis’ presence that will be the difference. Flowers even went as far as to call the third-year player the “general” of the defense.
“He gets everybody lined up and makes it easy on everybody with the calls,” Flowers said.
So what was the reason for one of the worst performances of the season by the Kansas City defense last week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers even with Lewis in the lineup? Flowers chalked it up to chemistry, but with so many different holes in the Chiefs defense, Heisenberg couldn’t make this formula work.