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09-09-2009, 02:09 PM
A Flowers Is Blooming … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs (http://www.bobgretz.com/chiefs-football/a-flowers-is-blooming-%E2%80%A6-wednesday-cup-o%E2%80%99chiefs.html)
September 9, 2009 - Bob Gretz |

When he’s healthy – and Brandon Flowers says right now his injured left shoulder is fine – he’s the best player on the Chiefs defense.

Some would consider that damning Flowers with faint praise, given the performance last year of the defense and the fact the 2009 season has not yet begun.

But all that happened because of the injured shoulder he suffered on August 29th against Seattle is a speed bump on what had been a top-notch pre-season for the second year cornerback from Virginia Tech. Most days in River Falls and then back in Kansas City, Flowers displayed the coverage skills and athletic ability that made him a second-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft.

He also showed something more. Sometime between the end of the disappointing ‘08 season and the start of this ‘09 season, Flowers got faster. He added another gear. He displayed that a few weeks ago when rookie WR Quinten Lawrence ran a post pattern against Flowers. Lawrence is a raw, inconsistent receiver, but he has one trait that he always shows and that’s his speed.

When he shifted into gear and broke for the middle of the field, Flowers was running with him step-for-step. When Lawrence went a little faster, that’s when Flowers showed his fifth gear, sticking with him and reaching up and poking away the pass that was right on the money.

“I always thought I could run, but that’s just me being a corner,” Flowers said around a big smile. “Some guys like Brandon Carr told me a couple weeks ago that I was faster this year. I don’t know what the numbers would be, but I do feel faster. It really gives me more confidence.

“There were some changes I made in my workouts and stuff after last season and I guess that helped.”

Everybody with the Chiefs saw their conditioning program change when Todd Haley took over the team. But Flowers also changed the things he was doing away from the team, including working drills to improve his quickness and reaction time. He got himself in better condition.

“I learned last year that late in the season, when you get tired, that’s when you start making mistakes,” said Flowers. “You can’t get tired out there if you are on the corner. You’ve got to go out and play every snap and if they make you run, you have to run. You can’t be tired.”

It led to a very good camp and pre-season. The highlight was the 28-yard pick-six he grabbed off Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck. It was one of dozens of times he got his hands on the ball during practices and the first three games.

“I’m just trying to lift my game,” said Flowers. “I don’t want to settle for what went down last year. I want to get better, I want to contribute more. I always figured you were gettin’ better or you were gettin’ worse. I don’t plan on getting worse.

“Since I was younger, I always had to work harder than everybody else.”

In his rookie season, Flowers played 14 of 16 games, missing two games in November with a hamstring strain. He had 78 tackles and two interceptions, both against Brett Favre and the New York Jets. One of those was a 91-yard pick-six where he displayed his wheels.

That was the highlight of his year. “I really enjoyed that moment,” he said.

And his low point? “It was not getting any wins,” Flowers said. “We worked so hard, we put so much into it and to not come away with the wins.”

Flowers has been a corner his entire football life, going back to pee-wee football. After a year in the league, he’s anxious for the games to be real and the challenges to be thrown at him again.

“You are out there on an island and people can see you lose a game, and they can see you win a game,” said Flowers. “I enjoy that pressure.”

SIGNINGS, TRADES, INJURIES & MOVEMENT AROUND THE LEAGUE

* BILLS – released OT Langston Walker; signed OT Kirk Chambers.
* DOLPHINS – released TE Dave Drew.
* EAGLES – signed TE Alex Smith; released TE Tony Curtis.
* JAGUARS – signed S Brian Russell and G Kynan Forney; released OL Dennis Norman.
* JETS – signed LB Ryan Fowler; released FB Jason Davis.
* STEELERS – ILB Lawrence Timmons looks like he’ll miss Thursday night’s opener against Tennessee with a high ankle sprain. Former Chiefs LB Keyaron Fox will replace him in the starting lineup.

FROM THE PAGES OF CHIEFS HISTORY

On September 9, 1972, the Chiefs lost to the Green Bay Packers 20-0 in a pre-season game played at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. The Chiefs had just 194 yards of total offense, with only 77 rushing yards on 25 carries. The Packers had three interceptions, will RB John Brockington ran 11 times for 51 yards and a TD.

On September 9, 1968, the Chiefs won their season opener 26-21 against the Houston Oilers in a Monday night game at the Astrodome. A crowd of 45,083 watched an Oilers fourth quarter comeback fall just short thanks to an interception and a knocked down pass, both by CB Emmitt Thomas. Kansas City had gotten the lead thanks to touchdown runs of one-yard by RB Wendell Hayes and six yards by WR Otis Taylor. K Jan Stenerud kicked four field goals, from 27, 33, 26 and 32 yards. That last FG gave the Chief a 26-7 lead midway through the fourth period. But former Chiefs QB Pete Beathard threw a pair of late TD passes for Houston to make the game closer. The Kansas City defense picked off three Beathard passes, as Thomas, S Jim Kearney and DE Ernie Ladd all grabbed passes.

On September 9, 1979, the Chiefs fell to the Cleveland Browns 27-24 at Arrowhead Stadium. Browns QB Brian Sipe threw three touchdown passes, including the game winner a 21-yarder to WR Reggie Rucker. Cleveland led 20-0 in the third quarter when the Chiefs made a comeback. WR J.T. Smith caught a 17-yard TD pass from QB Steve Fuller and Tony Reed scored on a nine-yard run. RB Ted McKnight then added a one-yard TD run and K Jan Stenerud hit from 30 yards out to give the Chiefs a 24-20 lead. But Sipe drove the Browns offense to the winning score and finished the game 19 of 35 for 243 yards. TE Ozzie Newsome caught six passes for 77 yards.

On September 9, 1990, the Chiefs won the season opener beating the Minnesota Vikings 24-21 at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs jumped to a 14-0 lead on a pair of TD passes by QB Steve DeBerg. He threw four yards to FB Billy Jones and then 22 yards to RB Todd McNair. K Nick Lowery kicked a 43-yard FG and then I n the fourth quarter, RB Christian Okoye scored on a two-yard run. Okoye finished with 92 yards on 28 carries. DeBerg was 16 of 28 for 196 passing yards. S Jeff Donaldson had an interception of Vikings QB Wade Wilson, and the Chiefs had three sacks, contributed by DE Neil Smith, LB Percy Snow and a split-sack between DT Dan Saleaumua and LB Derrick Thomas.

On September 9, 2001, the Chiefs lost the season opener and the first game of the Vermeil Era to the Oakland Raiders 27-24 at Arrowhead Stadium. A 31-yard FG by Oakland K Sebastin Janikowski with 15 seconds to play was the winner for the visitors. The Chiefs grabbed t he early lead when on the first offensive series, CB Eric Warfield picked off a pass by Raiders QB Rich Gannon and returned it 51 yards for a touchdown. In the second quarter, RB Tony Richardson scored o n a three-yard run and in the fourth quarter, QB Trent Green hooked up with WR Snoop Minnis for a 30-yard touchdown. But Gannon came back and threw a pair of TD passes for the Raiders. He ended the game going 31 of 46 for 341 yards.

SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY …

Born on September 9, 1938 in Delhi, Louisiana was S Johnny Nolan Robinson. He was part of the Dallas Texans original draft class and played in the inaugural season at halfback. Robinson played 12 seasons for the Texans-Chiefs (1960-71), appearing in 164 games and starting almost all of those. His first two years, Robinson was a running back, carrying the ball 150 times for 658 yards and six TDs and catching 77 passes for 1,228 yards and nine TDs. He played safety for the last 10 seasons, grabbing 57 interceptions, including two seasons where he had 10 picks (1966, 1970). The Texans-Chiefs were 35-1-1 in games where he had an interception. Robinson joined the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1974.

Born on September 9, 1976 in Pineville, Louisiana was RB Frank Moreau. He was selected in the fourth-round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of Louisville. Moreau played 11 games in his rookie season, carrying the ball 67 times for 179 yards and four TDs. He played the ‘01 season with Jacksonville.

Born on September 9, 1939 in Sulphur, Louisiana was DB Paul Hynes. He was a 12th-round selection in the 1961 AFL Draft out of Louisiana Tech. Hynes played one seasons with the Texans (1961) and appeared in one game, returning a kickoff for 27 yards. He played the next two seasons with the New York Titans.

Pestilence
09-09-2009, 02:13 PM
We finally hit on a 2nd round pick.

C-Mac
09-09-2009, 02:24 PM
http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=213595

ChiefaRoo
09-09-2009, 02:58 PM
We finally hit on a 2nd round pick.

Bartee for the ..............

Priest31kc
09-09-2009, 03:57 PM
We finally hit on a 2nd round pick.

Yes finally. Flowers was the player I wanted badly in the 2nd round, like 2 months before the draft. I also had him going to us in my mock draft (as well as Albert, Franklin, and Richardson, which was cool), and was jumpin up and down when I saw his name flash on the screen.

scott free
09-09-2009, 04:53 PM
Any starting, rising NFL player that goes 5'9 187, has tons of sand & stones...we know that much.

Flowers has barely missed a stride in his progress, despite coming into a wreck of a team as a rook & now learning a new system.

High Hopes.