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Hog Farmer
11-04-2010, 07:04 AM
Split Second Competitor
By Josh Looney

Posted 20 hours ago

aaCB Brandon Flowers revealed another side of his game last Sunday

Just one snap following Ryan Succop’s 39-yard overtime miss, Buffalo nearly put the dagger in Kansas City. It doesn’t happen often, but Brandon Flowers got beat. What transpired on that play may have been Sunday’s most overlooked moment.

With just over three minutes to play, Buffalo’s Lee Evans gave a move and was off to the races. Flowers, who was matched up with Evans, knew he was beat down the Bills sideline, and so did QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. A connection to the open Evans would have likely resulted in yet another Ryan Lindell game-winning FG attempt or, even worse, Evans going house a la Miles Austin.

In a split-second decision, Flowers reached out and gave Evans’ jersey a pull. The maneuver, which drew a flag, allowed Flowers to recoup. The steps Evans had on Flowers had been eliminated and it was the smartest foul that Kansas City has committed all season.

“(Evans) made a nice inside move on me,” Flowers said. “I felt like if I gave him it a little tug it would be nothing but a five-yard penalty. It’s like a five-yard run rather than him making a great catch downfield. It was just making a veteran move and giving him a little tug to take the five-yard penalty and give our defense another chance.”

There isn’t much time to make the decision that Flowers did. His ability to recognize defeat played a major role in the Chiefs avoiding that same fate.

Had Flowers chosen to get into a footrace with the speedy Evans, he’d have been running an uphill race. If he’d waited just a few more yards to give the pull, Fitzpatrick’s pass would have already been in the air, and the penalty would have turned into a defensive pass interference flag rather than the five-yard hold.

“It’s something that you are taught early on,” Veteran DB Jon McGraw said. “The hard part is making that decision and being able to do it at the right time. Brandon has a really good knack for feeling the game and making split-second decisions that are normally the right ones. He’s been a tremendous asset for us back there.”

Buffalo was granted an automatic first down on the penalty, but only at their own 34-yard line. Flowers’ quick reaction helped the Chiefs live for another snap at a critical point in the game. The Bills kept driving after the flag, but eventually LB Tamba Hali forced an intentional grounding call and the rest was history. Kansas City got the football back and drove down the field in the closing minute to gave Succop a second chance at glory on the game’s final snap.

The self-awareness shown by Flowers was a difference maker in the Chiefs moving to 5-2 in 2010, but it also showed another side of the cornerback’s game. Kansas City’s third-year player isn’t just gifted physically, but he has a mental edge included in his arsenal as well.

“He is a smart player,” head coach Todd Haley said. “He made some terrific plays and at the cornerback position you are going to get beat occasionally. That happened a couple times (Sunday). On the hold, that is his decision to make but when you have instinctually-heavy players, which Brandon is, he is a football player. I talk about receivers being football players not just pass catchers; Brandon is a football player now.”

Recently, Flowers has begun to gain national attention as being among the top cornerbacks in the league. It’s something that many Chiefs fans had already believed heading into 2010. Part of the increased recognition is due to the Chiefs sitting atop the AFC West, and a lot of it is due to Flowers taking yet another step this past offseason. He’s making plays that prove he’s on the cusp of becoming a complete corner.

“I don’t know that I would take any corner over Brandon in a run support role,” Haley said. “This guy comes up and hits.”

One of those hits almost sealed Kansas City’s victory over Buffalo during the closing minutes of regulation. Following an Evans reception inside the Chiefs Red Zone, Flowers broke down for an open field tackle that jarred the football loose and onto the ground. Only after a review was LB Mike Vrabel’s fumble recovery ruled out of bounds.

“When that ball is thrown out there and it is you and Lee Evans on an island and you make the play he made causing the fumble, and we recovered it, it was just a bad break of where we were at on the field,” Haley said.

Flowers showed all three elements of his game against Buffalo.

It’s easy to see when a player makes a big hit, intercepts a pass or shuts down an opposing receiver. What’s difficult to measure is a player’s awareness. Flowers’ recognition and ability to reacting after being beat may have been the biggest play he made on Sunday.

“I think Brandon Flowers has done nothing but get better from day one,” Haley said. “I like Brandon a lot. I think he has a chance to be a great player in this league, I really do. He is another guy I am happy to have on our team. I am seeing something different in Brandon, skill-set aside, this guy is a unique, highly-competitive player.”

Bill Lundberg
11-04-2010, 07:06 AM
It's time to sign him to an extension before he goes Revis on us.

Silock
11-04-2010, 07:09 AM
BFlo for prez.

Bane
11-04-2010, 07:10 AM
Lock him up for a long time!

Buehler445
11-04-2010, 07:16 AM
It's time to sign him to an extension before he goes Revis on us.

Truth. Lock him up for about 90 years.
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Sofa King
11-04-2010, 08:17 AM
Truth. Lock him up for about 90 years.
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that sounds about right.

the Talking Can
11-04-2010, 08:35 AM
dude is the new Hasty (one of my favorite chiefs ever)

Bwana
11-04-2010, 08:42 AM
Lock him up for a long time!

Exactly!

smittysbar
11-04-2010, 08:47 AM
On Flowers island, pushing up daisy's

Chief3188
11-04-2010, 09:15 AM
A 7 year 52 million with 28 guaranteed sounds good to me. This is not the type of player that will quit after getting his check ala DeeJay Larry "the woman beater" Johnson. If anything he will work even harder since the Chiefs took a leap of faith and paid him early after this season. He is one of those players that actually deserves that type of money

bluehawkdoc
11-04-2010, 09:16 AM
Great article, HF! This kid is beyond his years in regards to the intricacies of the game. Needs to be in our secondary for a long, long time. Who would have thought that articles like this would be written about our defensive players 1-2 years ago?

Sweet Daddy Hate
11-04-2010, 12:15 PM
The Man. Period.

MTG#10
11-04-2010, 12:19 PM
Bailey is still 100 times better /knowmo

thurman merman
11-04-2010, 12:21 PM
The Man. Period.

I have not heard of this before. Is it similar to the woman period?

Sweet Daddy Hate
11-04-2010, 12:38 PM
I have not heard of this before. Is it similar to the woman period?

LMAO Dear God I hope not.

WebGem
11-04-2010, 01:15 PM
Brandon Flowers makes me feel so naughty.

Championship
11-04-2010, 02:16 PM
A 7 year 52 million with 28 guaranteed sounds good to me. This is not the type of player that will quit after getting his check ala DeeJay Larry "the woman beater" Johnson. If anything he will work even harder since the Chiefs took a leap of faith and paid him early after this season. He is one of those players that actually deserves that type of money

7/52 million ROFL

That's chump change compared to the best cornerback in the game, Nnamdi Asomugha.

If Flowers is truly as good as you homo's say he is, he will demand a lot more money than that.

Sweet Daddy Hate
11-04-2010, 02:22 PM
7/52 million ROFL

That's chump change compared to the best cornerback in the game, Nnamdi Asomugha.

If Flowers is truly as good as you homo's say he is, he will demand a lot more money than that.

It's shame no one talks about him anymore. Yep, not even mentioned in the same breath as Revis and Flowers as of late.

Oakland:

Where careers and dreams go to die.

Bob Dole
11-04-2010, 02:23 PM
7/52 million ROFL

That's chump change compared to the cornerback who won't be playing Sunday, Nnamdi Asomugha.

If Flowers is truly as good as you homo's say he is, he will demand a lot more money than that.

FYP

Championship
11-04-2010, 02:25 PM
It's shame no one talks about him anymore. Yep, not even mentioned in the same breath as Revis and Flowers as of late.

Oakland:

Where careers and dreams go to die.

That's funny because all I heard all offseason was how Revis and Nnamdi are the two best corners in the game, and how Revis was tying to get Nnamdi like money.

Brandon Flowers is an afterthought, playing in one of the most irrelevant city's, for one of the most irrelevant teams.

Bane
11-04-2010, 02:26 PM
Injured Ass imwha.
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Championship
11-04-2010, 02:30 PM
Nnamdi has allowed five catches so far this year on 20 targets. Only one touchdown in the last four seasons combined. He is also one of the best CBs against the run.

Brandon Flowers is an overachiever, a short and slow corner who has turned himself into a solid corner. But the facts are, he may not even be the best CB from his draft class. Aquib Talib and Dominique Rodgers Cromartie say Hi.

JohninGpt
11-04-2010, 02:32 PM
That's funny because all I heard all offseason was how Revis and Nnamdi are the two best corners in the game, and how Revis was tying to get Nnamdi like money.

Brandon Flowers is an afterthought, playing in one of the most irrelevant city's, for one of the most irrelevant teams.

Offseason has been over for quite some time, pay attention.

Sweet Daddy Hate
11-04-2010, 02:38 PM
Nnamdi has allowed five catches so far this year on 20 targets. Only one touchdown in the last four seasons combined. He is also one of the best CBs against the run.

Brandon Flowers is an overachiever, a short and slow corner who has turned himself into a solid corner. But the facts are, he may not even be the best CB from his draft class. Aquib Talib and Dominique Rodgers Cromartie say Hi.

Who? Yeah, that's right.

Demonpenz
11-04-2010, 02:41 PM
Mr. Brightside.

Championship
11-04-2010, 02:41 PM
Who? Yeah, that's right.

Talib was just named the NFC Defensive player of the week. That's who.

I don't think Flowers has ever gotten an award, or even been to the pro bowl.

RustShack
11-04-2010, 02:48 PM
It's just amazing how stupid Raiders fans are.

Sweet Daddy Hate
11-04-2010, 02:50 PM
Talib was just named the NFC Defensive player of the week. That's who.

I don't think Flowers has ever gotten an award, or even been to the pro bowl.

That will change this year, bank it.

manjy90
11-04-2010, 03:17 PM
What scares me is that after Asante Samuel had his breakout year in 06-07, the Patriots let him walk. Hopefully Pioli realizes that not everything about the Patriot Way is correct and locks the dude down.

Thig Lyfe
11-04-2010, 03:42 PM
I would be fine with giving all of the money to Brandon Flowers. ALL OF IT.

TheGuardian
11-04-2010, 04:11 PM
That's funny because all I heard all offseason was how Revis and Nnamdi are the two best corners in the game, and how Revis was tying to get Nnamdi like money.

Brandon Flowers is an afterthought, playing in one of the most irrelevant city's, for one of the most irrelevant teams.

Nnamdi money is what it took to keep him there. That is, he makes as much or more than Manning and he wanted out of Oakland. He said he wouldn't be franchised so they threw a zillion dollars at him for two years to keep him. He will walk from Oakland as soon as he can.