All Eyes on Chiefs Offensive Line

If the Kansas City Chiefs have any interest in defeating the Seattle Seahawks in their 2015 Arrowhead debut Friday night, Andy Reid’s banged up offensive line needs his back-ups to show they are worthy candidates for promotions to the first team.

When Tackles Jeff Allen and Eric Fisher found themselves down for the count with injuries this week; Head Coach Andy Reid was forced to make some swift changes to his offensive line.

Tonight it’ll be interesting to see how this version of Reid’s makeshift offensive line will perform when the Kansas City Chiefs face-off against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seahawks have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. The Chiefs enter this contest with one of the most questionable offensive lines in the NFL. So it would appear, this is a big time mismatch for Reid, and a potential headache should his starters fail to recover in time for the regular season opener.

Now it’s possible new right tackle, Paul Fanaika can make the successful transition from guard to tackle. It’s also possible that 2014 6th round picks, Laurent Duvernay- Tardiff and Zach Fulton, play above their experience and settle in as a starter this season. Further, will Donald Stephenson play well enough to get out of his Reid’s doghouse?

Ben Grubbs has been stellar as Chiefs continue to workout offensive line woes.
Photo Courtesy: Mark J. Rebllas USA Today Sports

However based on what we’ve seen thus far in one pre-season game, both second year guards have ability but neither has stepped out of the shadows to believe they are anything other than depth in 2015.

Yet to be fair Reid is a master at playing the mix and match game with his offensive line. Though in order to find five guys that can run his complex system, he’s been forced to simplify his offense. That’s fine in the pre-season but it won’t fly once the games count in September.

Then again, there is a silver lining. If the Chiefs get healthy, and both starting tackles return in the next couple of weeks, Reid should feel more comfortable about the teams overall depth at offensive line.

Then again that depth could be accentuated if Reid can convince free agent Guard, Evan Mathis to sign with Kansas City over the weekend.

However for the moment, those talks are stalled so Reid must work with what’s available on his current roster. Either way, the play of his offensive line tonight is probably the biggest ticket item on his agenda and one to watch closely.

If the new guys struggle, then some swift roster changes could be on the horizon for the Chiefs.

Photos: Mark J. Rebllas USA Today Sports Images


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