Look! It's moving...it's...I think it's..could it...be...yes, its moving. It's alive! It's alive! IT'S ALIVE I TELL YOU (muahahaha).
The offensive line is breathing!
Four years ago Dr. Casey Fanz concluded that the neck of the Kansas City Chief's offensive line was...broken. "The brain is useless", he concluded, "we must find another."
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Four long years we have waited. Four long years we have clinched our teeth. Four long years...its been fu@%*^ four long years!
DOCTOR: "Well, the tests are back and it would appear you need a heart transplant, immediately. It looks like the waiting list is...four years."
You ever waited four looooong years, for anything? Something you really wanted...needed?
WIFE: "Honey, I went to the doctor and it appears they have a pill to cure my frigidness. They said they would get it to me... in four years."
You ever held out for four years? Waited 1461 days for something everybody knew you needed? Sucked it up, got broken down, or held it in for 35,064 hours?
No more! No more waiting, hoping, praying. No more Mike Goff. No more Rudy Niswanger. No more Ikechuku Ndukwe. No more Ryan O'Callaghan. No more Barry Richardson. What we have now is not the walking dead, not a piecemeal project. It is a legitimate attempt at creating an offensive line unit in which Kansas City fans can hold up their heads.
Kansas City fans can hold up their heads.
Brandon Albert, 1st round pick...Ryan Lilja, not drafted...Rodney Hudson, 2nd round pick...Jon Asamoah,
23nd round pick...Eric Winston, 3rd round pick...Jeff Allen, 2nd round pick...Donald Stephenson, 3rd round pick.
Don't get me wrong, the work isn't done. To keep the beast alive, it must be fed. But for years, this beast, the offensive line, was starved to death.
In 2011, the Kansas City Chiefs had problems getting movement along the offensive line. The Chiefs were stuffed 20% of the time on run plays. That means that the Chiefs were held to no gain or negative yards on 20% (21st in NFL) of their plays. That lack of production, in part, is a result of the Chiefs inability to dominate defenders, physically, at the line of scrimmage. - PFS
In the off-season Pioli has appeared to feed the beast to avoid such statistics. One free agent right tackle, one 2nd round draft choice, one 3rd round draft choice, and handing over the keys to the car by letting Rodney Hudson drive.
Why did we have to wait so long?
Well, maybe that heart transplant is going to come in the nick of time. Maybe, just maybe, people are going to start noticing that the men in the trenches are the ones that lead the way. They are the ones that provide consistency to a franchise.