Flowers Enjoys The Work

From Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

The best cornerbacks in Lambeau Field in the pre-game warm-ups were Green Bay’s Charles Woodson, followed by the Chiefs’ double-Brandons, Flowers and Carr.

But when the teams came back out for the start of the game, Woodson was in sweats and a cap. His day was done, as he could begin preparations for next week’s regular season opener against New Orleans.

Flowers and Carr? They weren’t resting for the Chiefs season opener against Buffalo. Far from it. They left the field with 2 minutes, 14 seconds to play in the fourth quarter. The starting duo was in the game from start to finish.

That didn’t much help the backup guys like rookie Jalil Brown and veteran Travis Daniels. But the work helped Flowers and Carr.

“I’m glad it worked out the way it did,” said Flowers, who finished the game with an interception, a tackle and two passes defended. “I know it’s different than most teams did things, but I like it.

“We got into the game against Buffalo with a real idea of where we are and what we can do at this time. I think that’s momentum and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

In fact, Flowers liked the idea that the Chiefs and head coach Todd Haley approached things in a different manner than just about every other team in the league. The Packers had five defensive starters who did not dress, including Woodson. The Chiefs had only two defensive players in street clothes and neither one figured to be a major contributor – rookie OLB Gabe Miller and NT Anthony Toribio.

“The way he (Haley) approached it, there was some initial hesitation about how it was going to work,” said Flowers. “But I know it didn’t take long for everybody to get on board and now, I think it was the way to go.

“I just think after tonight, we are better prepared for playing next week and we are prepared to play the whole season.”

Flowers picked off a throw by QB Matt Flynn on a route he saw on tape as he studied this week. “I saw it (on tape) and I filed it away because I figured he would come back to it. He did and I was able to get the ball.

“That’s key for me this year. As a defense, we need to create turnovers and we didn’t get many in this pre-season. I’m happy we changed that tonight. That’s going to be key for our defense and our whole team.”

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