Almost immediately after the free-agent market opened last week, the Kansas City Chiefs lost three of their best offensive linemen. Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah were all major contributors last season, and they all wasted no time bolting out of Kansas City. The Chiefs have done very little to replace their production.
The team did sign former Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach, but he is not an impact starter. His signing was more of an addition to depth and versatility. Outside of that, all the front office has done is schedule a visit with Minnesota Vikings free agent J’Marcus Webb. GM John Dorsey and company need to address the area more aggressively.
Alex Smith was forced to run around like a chicken with his head cut off before the offensive line started to progress late last season. The Chiefs can’t afford to have history repeat itself in this aspect of the game. The reason they won their first nine games in 2013 was because the defense played out of its mind. The offense was being carried, and that probably won’t happen again. With a much tougher schedule in the upcoming season, the Chiefs are going to need to put points on the board early and often.
That starts with the 0-line. Eric Fisher, Rodney Hudson, Donald Stephenson and Jeff Allen are all projected to start this season. All are young, talented and have plenty of potential, but the Chiefs need more. The team needs to sign another guard who can start immediately and add some depth through the draft.
Despite all of the talk about wide receivers lately, the offensive line should be the Chiefs’ first priority. That’s where they took their biggest hit in free agency, and that is what they need to rebuild.