Ryan Lilja Ready To Help Chiefs Rookie Jeff Allen

May 24, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn (9) throws a pass as guard Ryan Lilja (65) blocks during organized team activities at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
Every year it happens. A rookie comes onto the team and he's competing with a veteran player at the same position. Ideally, the veteran shows the rookie the ropes, coaching him up as much as he can. That doesn't always happen because the rookie is there to take the vet's job. But it has worked well for the Chiefs recently, most notably veteran center Casey Wiegmann and Rodney Hudson.

It could also be happening with guards Ryan Lilja and Jeff Allen. Lilja was asked this week on 810 WHB's Border Patrol about how he's helping Allen, the Chiefs rookie, who plays the same position as Lilja.
"Pretty much the same way I described Casey helping Rod[ney Hudson]," Lilja said. "His head's spinning a little bit coming into the league. He's putting a new offense in and we're all putting an offense in but most offenses in the NFL are the same, just different terminology. I'm trying to help him just like I'm trying to help all the guys."

"We only have two coaches and we have like 15 guys or something," he continued. "Technique-wise, fundamental stuff, and different things like that, you don't have time. These OTA practices are not real long and there are only so many hours you can be in the building or the meeting rooms. We have a constant dialogue in the weight room and the locker room just trying to help guys get better because if guys get better it makes us better, the whole deal. We have a good group of young guys man."

Sounds like Lilja has the right approach to this. He's entering the final year of his deal. Allen is viewed as the future starter. That could be an awkward situation

Side note: Kinda weird to see the players talking about how short the OTAs are as if it's a bad thing considering they just collectively bargained for less contact during the offseason.
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