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Monday, September 16, 2013
Chiefs didn't change strategy to help Flowers

By Adam Teicher

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton didn’t say so, but it had to take all his self-restraint not to provide more help to cornerback Brandon Flowers in his often futile efforts to cover Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant on Sunday. In the first quarter, Bryant caught five passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.

“You try to stay true to yourself,’’ Sutton said. “We’re not one-dimensional but a lot of our system obviously is that our corners are man to man essentially on almost all plays. They’re down low pressing.

“(Bryant) is a great football player for them. He did a great job catching the ball and (Tony) Romo did a great job of placing some of those throws because we were on him about as tight as you can be on some of those coverages, including the second play of the game when they hit the long pass. (Flowers) was on tight and he kind of reached over the top and got the play.’’

Flowers did a better job on Bryant the final three quarters, holding him to four catches for 41 yards. Bryant did drop a deep pass in the fourth quarter that might have changed the result of the game, a 17-16 Chiefs’ victory.

Though the Chiefs paid a price for it, leaving Flowers alone with Bryant did provide some important benefits that perhaps allowed the Chiefs to win the game.

“The thing I thought Flowers did such a great job of was that he continued to compete,’’ Sutton said. “He didn’t back off. Stayed low. Challenged him. That allowed us to continue to do the things we did. It allowed us to keep pressure on Romo where he wasn’t completely comfortable, hopefully.’’