Through the first 3 weeks of the season the majority of bloggers and columnists out there have gushed about Romeo Crennel and what he has done for our defense. And it HAS been remarkable what he has accomplished with essentially the same front 7 that was such a problem area a year ago.
But the real surprise turnaround so far in my eyes is what Charlie Weis has done with the offensive line.
The offensive line has been the bane of our offense since Will Shields retired. We've given up an average of over 40 sacks per year the last 3 years. When Cassel came in things looked even more dire as he had a tendency to tuck the ball and fall over whenever his first or second read wasn't there. Add to that the wasted years of Larry Johnson behind this offensive line and you can see how the offense has been so dreadful.
Things started turning around after Jamaal Charles took over last year. Fewer sacks due to the threat in the run game, being able to convert on 3rd and mediums both in the air on the ground. Brandon Albert finally finding his rhythm again after losing all of his offseason weight.
And then enter Charlie Weis. Three weeks and three wins in to his tenure as offensive coordinator and the Chiefs not only lead the league in rushing yards per game, but they have also given up the second fewest sacks with just 2. Only two sacks given up against defenses who ranked #3, #8, and #13 in total sacks last season.
Some of the credit really has to go to Matt Cassel who has proven that he doesn't HAVE to freeze up in the pocket and has made a few passes under duress. And quite a bit should go to Scott Pioli for bringing in Weigman and Lilja, two castoffs from their former teams who fit perfectly in to our blocking scheme. But the majority I would place on Charlie Weis and his offensive game plan. Every game so far I've felt that the Chiefs were the better prepared of the two teams on both sides of the ball.
The most remarkable feat that Weis has accomplished while getting this offensive line to perform like a group of pro-bowlers though has to be the fact that he's doing it with only modest help from Jamaal Charles, one of the most electrifying backs in the NFL.