Whether or not Brown plays a single down for the Chiefs, expect the rest of the Kansas City secondary to know a little more about the concept of playing defense this season. If there was ever a player worthy of the description "coach on the field," this is the guy. Brown went from second-round draft pick to key contributor to defensive captain in a relatively short period of time, making up for what he lacked physically with smarts, instincts, and toughness.
While he's built more like a free safety and played that position earlier in his career, he's more effective at strong safety these days and defends the run very well. Brown has never been gifted from a coverage perspective, but he's shown a nose for the football and holds Chicago's all-time record for defensive touchdowns.
Obviously, injuries are the primary reason why he is no longer a Bear. After suiting up for every contest his first four seasons and quickly developing into one of the better safeties in the league, Brown missed 43 of 64 games from 2004-07 because of various lower-leg injuries. The weird thing is that none of said injuries appeared to be related, from a calf to an Achilles to a foot to a knee.
Brown did start the first 15 games this past year before being moved to injured reserve yet again for the finale, although there was more than one occasion when he couldn't play a full four quarters and had to be pulled because of various bumps and bruises. When he is healthy enough to play, he's a much better in-the-box safety than he is running stride for stride with receivers down the field.
Even though he has tortured them repeatedly by constantly getting hurt, most Bears fans were still hoping the front office would give Brown another chance to come back and play. Youngsters Kevin Payne and Craig Steltz are now atop the depth chart at strong and free safety, respectively, and both are probably tired of hearing the question they got time and time again during the offseason program: "How do you replace Mike Brown?"
It's impossible not to root for him because he plays the game the right way, is a leader in the locker room, and tells it like it is with the media, and Bears fans did nothing but wish Brown well after hearing he signed with the Chiefs.
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