Chiefs Offensive Line Needs Work

If the Kansas City Chiefs have any thoughts of becoming a dominating force in the AFC West in 2015, Head Coach Andy Reid has his work cut out for him in molding his revamped offensive line into a cohesive unit.

On Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs went into full dress mode. With pads, helmets, and the ability to go full speed in practice, it exposed one big area of weakness for Andy Reid’s offense.

For three straight days the Chiefs have lined up Eric Fisher, Ben Grubbs, Eric Kush, Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson to anchor KC’s offensive line. In those days, outside of Grubbs and Allen, nobody looks comfortable.

Now you can interpret the word comfortable in any manner you wish. For me, these five are anything but ready to play an exhibition game week after next. That’s not good news for this football team.

Granted it’s early, but if the Chiefs are not serious about adding free agent Guard, Ben Mathis this week, this offensive line might not be good enough to protect Quarterback, Alex Smith, anytime soon.

The problem of this line is two fold. One the tackles Fisher and Stephenson have struggled with their footwork. Inside, Kush an unproven commodity, has been blown up by KC’s defensive front three on numerous occasions.

That last statement is very troubling for the entire offense when you consider All Pro Defensive Tackle, Dontari Poe, isn’t even practicing. Instead, journeyman, Jaye Howard has been dominating the interior of the Chiefs offensive line.

If Chiefs want to fix their offensive line, they need to be more aggressive in signing Free Agent Guard, Evan Mathis. (Photo: Howard Smith USA Today Sports)

I’m not ready to push the panic button just yet but I am serious about this team adding Mathis. If they slide him into right guard, then Kush has a pair of wily veterans that can pick up any slack in the interior of the line.

In doing as I suggest, Allen could move to right tackle where I think he’d best serve this offensive line. As far as Fisher, he’s either going to regress or suddenly find that sweet spot that made him the first overall pick a few years ago. I’m just not convinced he’s going to get much better.

Reid broke into the coaching ranks as an offensive line coach. If this line is going to erase two dismal seasons under the Chiefs head coach, the man must get his hands dirty and fix his offensive line – position by position.

As I stated, the answer may not be on this roster. If it’s not, General Manager, John Dorsey, best keep pushing to find replacements in any manner necessary.

If not, I’m afraid the status quo with this offensive line, won’t be good enough this season for this football team to claim an AFC West Title or a playoff spot.

Images: (Alex Smith, Eric Fisher & Von Miller) Doug Pensinger USA Today Sports & (Andy Reid) Denny Medley USA Today Sports.


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That last statement is very troubling for the entire offense when you consider All Pro Defensive Tackle, Dontari Poe, isn’t even practicing. Instead, journeyman, Jaye Howard has been dominating the interior of the Chiefs offensive line.\r\n\r\n

\r\nIf Chiefs want to fix their offensive line, they need to be more aggressive in signing Free Agent Guard, Evan Mathis. (Photo: Howard Smith USA Today Sports)

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I’m not ready to push the panic button just yet but I am serious about this team adding Mathis. If they slide him into right guard, then Kush has a pair of wily veterans that can pick up any slack in the interior of the line.\r\n\r\n

In doing as I suggest, Allen could move to right tackle where I think he’d best serve this offensive line. As far as Fisher, he’s either going to regress or suddenly find that sweet spot that made him the first overall pick a few years ago. I’m just not convinced he’s going to get much better.\r\n\r\n

Reid broke into the coaching ranks as an offensive line coach. If this line is going to erase two dismal seasons under the Chiefs head coach, the man must get his hands dirty and fix his offensive line – position by position.\r\n\r\n

As I stated, the answer may not be on this roster. If it’s not, General Manager, John Dorsey, best keep pushing to find replacements in any manner necessary.\r\n\r\n

If not, I’m afraid the status quo with this offensive line, won’t be good enough this season for this football team to claim an AFC West Title or a playoff spot. \r\n\r\n

Images: (Alex Smith, Eric Fisher & Von Miller) Doug Pensinger USA Today Sports & (Andy Reid) Denny Medley USA Today Sports. \r\n\r\n

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On Monday, the Kansas City Chiefs went into full dress mode. With pads, helmets, and the ability to go full speed in practice, it exposed one big area of weakness for Andy Reid’s offense.

For three straight days the Chiefs have lined up Eric Fisher, Ben Grubbs, Eric Kush, Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson to anchor KC’s offensive line. In those days, outside of Grubbs and Allen, nobody looks comfortable.

Now you can interpret the word comfortable in any manner you wish. For me, these five are anything but ready to play an exhibition game week after next. That’s not good news for this football team.

Granted it’s early, but if the Chiefs are not serious about adding free agent Guard, Ben Mathis this week, this offensive line might not be good enough to protect Quarterback, Alex Smith, anytime soon.

The problem of this line is two fold. One the tackles Fisher and Stephenson have struggled with their footwork. Inside, Kush an unproven commodity, has been blown up by KC’s defensive front three on numerous occasions.

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That last statement is very troubling for the entire offense when you consider All Pro Defensive Tackle, Dontari Poe, isn’t even practicing. Instead, journeyman, Jaye Howard has been dominating the interior of the Chiefs offensive line.

If Chiefs want to fix their offensive line, they need to be more aggressive in signing Free Agent Guard, Evan Mathis. (Photo: Howard Smith USA Today Sports)

I’m not ready to push the panic button just yet but I am serious about this team adding Mathis. If they slide him into right guard, then Kush has a pair of wily veterans that can pick up any slack in the interior of the line.

In doing as I suggest, Allen could move to right tackle where I think he’d best serve this offensive line. As far as Fisher, he’s either going to regress or suddenly find that sweet spot that made him the first overall pick a few years ago. I’m just not convinced he’s going to get much better.

Reid broke into the coaching ranks as an offensive line coach. If this line is going to erase two dismal seasons under the Chiefs head coach, the man must get his hands dirty and fix his offensive line – position by position.

As I stated, the answer may not be on this roster. If it’s not, General Manager, John Dorsey, best keep pushing to find replacements in any manner necessary.

If not, I’m afraid the status quo with this offensive line, won’t be good enough this season for this football team to claim an AFC West Title or a playoff spot.

Images: (Alex Smith, Eric Fisher & Von Miller) Doug Pensinger USA Today Sports & (Andy Reid) Denny Medley USA Today Sports.

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