Kansas City's signing of Ty Law seems to have given the entire organization a "shot in the arm" heading into training camp this week. Although it is said to be a five-year contract (terms not disclosed), you can bet that this will result in a much shorter deal with a lot of incentives. Part of the reason that Law signed so late is that, at age 32, he was looking for one last contract with multiple years and most NFL teams see Law right now as a short-term fix with one or two good years left. So can Law fit in at Kansas City and can he help a pass defense that was ranked 25th in the league a year ago? The answer is, Yes!
The Chiefs will utilize a Cover 2 defense in 2006, a scheme that head coach Herm Edwards believes will dramatically cut down on the amount of big plays given up by a struggling secondary a year ago. This defense, under coordinator Gunther Cunningham, used the Cover 2 at times in 2005, but mostly on third downs. Law is a perfect fit in this scheme and he will form an excellent tandem with the other starting corner, Patrick Surtain.
To play cornerback well in the Cover 2, you must be able to cover the short-to-intermediate routes of opposing receivers and you must be willing to come up and be competitive in run support. Law can do all of that and more. At this stage of his career, he is considered more quick than fast, but he still has excellent footwork and he can plant and drive and close on the ball -- especially on plays in front of him. He also has great instincts and he will not only read the receiver's routes but also the quarterback's eyes and he will get to more balls than his physical skills might indicate.