Should the Jets get into the Brandon Flowers sweepstakes?

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

This past week the Kansas City Chiefs cut Brandon Flowers due to both salary cap and performance reasons.  The Chiefs will save $14 million over the next two years by making the move and they will remove 2013’s 87th ranked corner per ProFootballFocus.

Since the Chiefs cut Flowers, NFL teams have been lining up to talk to the defensive back.  The Falcons are “monitoring” Flowers status, the Vikings have made a call, and the Ravens might be a darkhorse candidate.

Could the Jets be interested in Brandon Flowers?

According to Erika Esola on June 14th, the Jets had shown some interest.

Yesterday, Seth Walder of the Daily News checked with a source and stated that the Jets had not been in touch.

The general consensus on Flowers is that he is decent in zone corner with some aggressive tendencies but is on the smaller side at 5’9″ and 187 pounds and might struggle if he needs to play press coverage extensively.  Flowers excelled under Romeo Crennel, another 3-4 proponent who uses more zone schemes in the secondary.

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Brandon Flowers defends Eric Decker

Flowers played poorly last season in new defensive coordinator Bob Sutton’s defense.  Until 2013, Flowers has been among the league’s top corners.  Last year Flowers hit the wall last year under Sutton.  Sutton served under Rex Ryan since 2009 and employed the press-man coverage that Jets fans are familiar with.  In 2013, Flowers played 56% of his snaps from the slot, the most in his career and according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, he “didn’t like that.

One argument that I’ve seen made against why the Jets should be interested in Flowers is that he faltered under Sutton. The argument goes that if Flowers couldn’t succeed in Sutton’s defense, why would Jets want him?

I’m sorry, but that argument is like asking a piece of marble if it wants to be sculpted by Michaelangelo or Michaelangelo’s former assistant who tucked one of Michaelangelo’s sketches under his arm on the way out the door.

If one stops to think about that argument, it makes no sense. Sutton is a fine coach, but not a strong defensive coordinator. Sutton was more implementer than schemer under Mangini and was a holdover with Ryan. Sutton basically took Rex Ryan’s playbook to Kansas City and tried to implement it … to much lesser effect than Ryan would have or could have.

The problem for the Jets is where they would use Flowers if they did sign him.  He obviously doesn’t like playing in the slot.  Could they guarantee him the ability to play on the perimeter?  Could they convince him that they can use him well in the slot?  In the Jets scheme it might be that Flowers is interior corner who could split time on the boundary.  It would seem that the Jets have a number of players who fit that mold right now in Dimitri Patterson, Kyle Wilson, Darrin Walls, Ellis Lankster, Ras-I Dowling and Dexter McDougle.  Flowers would certainly boost an already competitive and deep group of cornerbacks, but might not be the default CB2 to line up across from Dee Milliner for 16 games.

Concern about injuries would be the reason the team do what it takes to sign Flowers.  With Milliner struggling with hamstring tightness in recent weeks and Dimitri Patterson, Ras-I Dowling and Dexter McDougle all having a history if injury woes, could the Jets interest in Flowers be a numbers game?  With as much cap room as the Jets currently have, it’s not far-fetched.

Brandon Flowers is a skilled player and could push in for time somewhere between the Jets second and fourth cornerback spots.  The Jets might not need to make a play for Flowers, but he comes to the team with familiarity of the playbook thanks to his year with Sutton.  The Jets obviously think enough of him to have even entertained the idea of a trade for him, but now that he’s been cut, the team has no cap figures hanging over their head.

The Jets might have some interest, but it will come down to Flowers.  He might get a better shake in a city where he has some ties to former Chiefs regimes.  Scott Pioli is now in the Falcons front office and Romeo Crennel is in Houston as the coordinator.  There are teams that might be able to promise Flowers more from a playing time and role perspective.





232 comments
marcus81
marcus81

Jets did not even try to get one of the good FA CB's and if they do get Flowers they may have to overpay, unless he signs a one year deal Jets should just stick with what they have

idothis2
idothis2

"Revenge served nice and hot". gotta love it

williamg1
williamg1

I thought we had no chance of scoring again.

juunit
juunit

*Comment about soccer*

idothis2
idothis2

US is trying to give this game away

BDarc23
BDarc23

Not to add fuel to the fire but I am going to predict 2-0 USA over Ghana with 2 goals by Altidore.

Brendan
Brendan

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer Oh, settle down, you're going to start sounding like 57 soon. 


It's growing, it has a steady following, they just need success on the grand stage to hook talented youngsters before they latch onto another sport. 

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer

It's "Fussball" (pronounced "Foos-bahl") over here.

BTW, Germany spanked Portugal today, 4-0. It's not like the Jets winning, but at least it's something

Brendan
Brendan

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer MLS will never be as big as the big European leagues, but it also doesn't have to be. The US top talent can play abroad, that's a sign that the team is internationally relevant. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se I don't have one? 


They don't need to change soccer to make people like it, people already like it. It's the 3rd most attended sport in the country (average, not cumulative). 


And reef - no offense to your old man or 57, but catering to them is a failing business model. They need to hook younger generations, not older ones. 

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer @NYCPEinGermany

Maybe. Germany's an effing machine though. It'll be an 1980 USA beats Russia in hockey type deal if they can pull that off. I'll be rootin for em - even though I'll be the only one around here doing it

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se And yet more people like soccer than hockey. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se That's great, YOU liking/disliking something is irrelevant when you make a blanket statement. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer Reef, the numbers show it's much closer than you're leading on. MLS averages more attendance than NHL, they have nationally televised games as often as NHL. It's not a big gap, and considering the NHL has time on its side, that should say something. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Oh, how clever! 


Care to address the point I made? 


More people like soccer than hockey. I like hockey more than soccer, but that's because I grew up with a family that rooted for it. 

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@a57se @Dr. Jonathan Reefer @Brendan

"I don't hate soccer, i just find it boring."


That's interesting to me. Living here in germany, I get lots of people talking to me about "American Football". Most say roughly the same thing - "it seems so boring, just a lot of big guys banging into each other". 


When I first got here, I wasn't a soccer fan, but it's hard not to get into it when it's so all-pervasive. I used to find soccer boring, but now I see that every second is filled with action, unless one's definition of action is very narrow, i.e. 'shots on goal'. But a lot is actually happening every second, the same way an NFL game could end up with a final score of 3-0, with no one ever really sniffing the end zone, but be action packed. All depends on how much one understands the nuances of the game. 


Not to say that any of you should like soccer any more than Klaus who lives up the street from me should start liking (real) football. Just interesting how a different perspective can change things. 


(and cilantro rules)

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Your cilantro analogy is irrelevant and nonsensical. I don't need to explain why. 


YOU not liking soccer is irrelevant, it does not change the fact that there is an established soccer base in this country that supports a successful professional sport league. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer I agree. Doesn't change the fact that MLS sells more tickets per game. 


I'm an NHL fan, I prefer the NHL, but acting like it's still the step-child of the "big four" sporting leagues in this country. MLS closed the gap. There is still a gap, but it's not canyonesque. People thought MLS would wither and die quickly, they were wrong because they underestimated the pull soccer has here. It's not Big Four big, but it's gaining steady ground. 

Brendan
Brendan

@NYCPEinGermany I think Germany just took him out of it. They basically dared the rest of Portugal to beat them and they failed miserably. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer You're my age. Let's pull some opinions of kids 12-14 years old, I think you'll have a different feeling. It's wildly popular with kids, they've just never figured out in this country how to utilize that early interest into long-term "empire building" (which is what you're really talking about if you want to compete on an international level). 

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@Brendan @NYCPEinGermany

They doubled and tripled him every time he sniffed the ball, that's for sure. Germany plays a real team game while Portugal was overly aggressive and as usual, a team beats an individual

Brendan
Brendan

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer You're talking about changing the most popular sport in the world to get people like 57 who don't like it to start watching. That's a failing business model any way you look at it. 


I'm not having this discussion right now. Enjoy the game. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer Stop. MLS is self-sustaining, none of those sell over 18k tickets per game. You're being 57 Jr. right now. Stop arguing facts and statistics, reef, it's not like you. 

Brendan
Brendan

@NYCPEinGermany Germany is, as you put it, a machine. They peeled back a bit and it almost cost them, but they snapped back into form real quick. I have a hard time seeing anyone beating them. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer That's you, that's not every kid ever in the history of this country, past or present. You're better than making a blanket statement like that. 


Football will always be huge here, not arguing that. But there is plenty of room in the talent pie for soccer players. 

NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

@Brendan @NYCPEinGermany

yeah the first few minutes were kinda curious but after that it wasn't much of a contest. Müller really had an amazing day. 

Argentina and Brazil have probably the best shot of beating Germany, but it won't be easy. One concern is that Hummels hurt his knee - no idea how serious it is

Brendan
Brendan

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer  Point is its growing. You guys are acting like it's the Arena League. It's not. It's a legitimate professional sporting league and is only gaining in popularity. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer Okay, continuing thinking it's a joke if that's what you want. There's a reason they keep expanding, and it's not because it's a weak sport here. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer More people will watch this WC game than watched any single game of the Stanley Cup, I'm willing to bet. I think you're kind of convoluting my argument. I already said MLS will never be a top league, but it is a self-sustaining breeding ground for local talent and is a tool to keep younger generations interested. Premier talent is going to Spain, England, Italy and Germany (or one of the other Euro leagues), MLS will never compete with them. But it isn't going anywhere and it can become something like the Brazilian league, which is a stepping stone for elite talent to get to those big leagues (like Neymar did, for example). 

Brendan
Brendan

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer The MLS is exponentially more popular than the WNBA, not entertaining that one for another minute. 


And I'm not trying to sell you on soccer, I don't care if you like it, but it's more popular in this country than you're giving it credit for. 


And most of the countries where soccer is popular have plenty of other sports, is that a legitimate point or jus something you think is the case? Because I find that one harder to swallow than the 2nd (which is true and one of the reasons baseball struggles in poorer areas in this country compared to basketball). 


I am just way more open to the idea of professional sports in this country moving into a "big five" than you are. 


The MLS is over 20 years old and over the past 11-12 years it's exploded in popularity, basically stemming from the 2002 WC. This stuff takes time. I was the biggest critic of the league, but they actually did things intelligently, they took a page out of the NASL's book (the thing 57 was referring to earlier) by signing older, aging international stars, but they also invested in developing a legitimate following. They won't see true results for years, but they have a strong enough league where that's okay.