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Coach Harris is going to coach whoever the team puts in front of him because that is his job. I get the sense that Harris wasn’t happy with how the secondary performed in 2017, so perhaps a fresh start with these new faces will be good for him. Currently Harris has plans for at least three of the Chiefs cornerbacks.

“Those guys right now, all three of them are doing a very good job. Fuller is a pro, football IQ is high. Steve has always done a great job, he’s a competitor, doesn’t miss reps. I mean he wants to compete all the time. I know what I am going to get from him. Dave has also done a great job as well, coming from a different scheme, adapting to what we do, our culture and how we handle business here… Right now Dave and Steve are my outside pieces and Fuller will go inside.”


“I can see why they say that. He is a smart guy. He does exactly what you ask him to do. Very coachable, which I can definitely see people saying that,” said Harris. “From route concepts, to knowing where to be. You tell him something one time and I could say, ‘Alright I need you two yards outside of this guy.’ The route concept may make two yards a little bit too far. So he may tighten it up a little bit because he knows what is coming. That type of , you can’t coach that. Being around the game and knowing the game and seeing the big picture. That is a guy who sees the big picture.”

That is pretty high praise from coach Harris. There was some talk about Fuller playing on the outside from Brett Veach, but it sounds like with Fuller being comfortable in the slot, coach Harris doesn’t feel inclined to play him out of position.

“Just watching him on tape from last year, you see that he is in . That is not a place that you get a guy, an outside guy, you can’t just grab him and say, ‘Hey I am going to put you in the slot.’ It’s a totally different world. So when you get those guys who can play the inside and play outside you utilize them the most as an inside piece.”

So while Fuller might have a chance to play outside down the line, he’s going to be playing inside because of the difficulty finding great players at that position. It makes a ton of sense, though it is a bit concerning that Brett Veach and the coaching staff might not exactly be on the same page there.

“Just the football IQ. We’ve thrown a lot at all the guys and just talking the young guys is one of the guys who has grabbed it. You tell him something once, he grabs it. He takes great notes, he listens, and his football IQ is high. Even some drafted guys– you can draft a guy and their football IQ may not be as high. They develop that over time, but this guy, he sees the big picture. He is a guy that if I wanted to line him up at corner, I could line him up at corner. I could line him up at nickle. I could line him up at safety and not worry about a busted assignment.”

If coach Harris is speaking the truth about Arrion Springs you can consider him a lock to make the roster. In fact I already have him in my 53-man roster prediction and we have covered him in our UDFA Spotlight series. BJ Kissel got in a coaching question for Harris and his answer was quite interesting.

“The thing is the guys that have been here, they kind of coach them up beforehand. So before I get to them, they are already kind of marinated. It’s not hard. Like I said, the guys that we’ve got in the room are professionals and everybody is fighting for their spot. So it makes it easier as a teacher when guys are eager to learn.”

I love that guys like Steve Nelson and Keith Reaser who have been on the team a bit are out there coaching guys up before they could even get with Al Harris. That is some true leadership and teamwork right there that goes on behind the scenes that you rarely hear about. Harris continued and spoke about the rest of the rookies and how teaching them compares to teaching a veteran.

“When you get a guy from college and they come in, I get to raise them as soon as they come in. When you get guys from other teams you’ve kind of got to have them erase their memory, techniques, movements, and kind of do what we are doing. It’s easier when you get a guy right out of college.”

So Harris got the message loud and clear after closing out last season, the Chiefs needed to get tougher on defense. Brett Veach echoed this sentiment in the draft.The hope is that these new players will be up to that task of bringing toughness back to the Chiefs defense.

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