Kansas City Chiefs: Adding Al Harris to Coaching Staff Benefits Brandon Flowers

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIIJanuary 26, 2013

Sep 1, 2011; Green Bay, WI, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Brandon Flowers (24) escapes a tackle from Green Bay Packers wide receiver Tori Gurley (86) after an interception during the preseason game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports
Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs announced Friday that two-time Packers Pro Bowl cornerback Al Harris has joined the franchise as the assistant defensive backs coach. Harris reunites with general manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid, who Harris played under in Philadelphia from 1998 to 2004.

Harris, who just landed his first coaching gig in the NFL, will assist defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas and can learn a lot from him before taking a higher coaching job in the league.

On the other side, Brandon Flowers will go into the 2013 season with two former cornerbacks coaching him.

Harris appeared in three NFC Championship games and was the type of defender quarterbacks tried to avoid. Often times, receivers struggled making receptions or getting around Harris after a catch.

Since coming out of Virginia Tech in 2008, Brandon Flowers has slowly climbed his way to being one of the top cornerbacks in the league. But he has yet to build the type of presence that Darrelle Revis and Champ Bailey have.

Flowers has a lot of the skill sets that every coach wants in a cornerback, but he's not labeled nor noticed as a Pro Bowl cornerback. Harris can help change that. Flowers has improved a lot under Thomas since his arrival in 2010. Flowers can get better with Harris coaching him and finally become a dominant cornerback.

Eric Berry, Kendrick Lewis, Javier Arenas, Jalil Brown and other cornerbacks on the team can also learn a lot from two former defensive backs who have had successful careers in the league. The Chiefs had three linebackers receive Pro Bowl invitations this year. Next season, depending on what the NFL wants to do with the Pro Bowl, the Chiefs have a good chance to send multiple defensive backs to the game.

All of the credit will be due to the great coaching staff in defensive coordinator Bob Sutton and secondary coaches Thomas and Harris.