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Talking about the Chiefs' Offensive Line

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Larry is happy with the new talent on the Chiefs' offensive line. via ESPN.com

Player G GS Pen Yds False Start Holding Sacks Allwd Yds
T Damion McIntosh 12 12 3 15 3 0 7 56
T Branden Albert 11 11 0 0 0 0 3.5 22
C Rudy Niswanger 12 12 3 23 0 3 2.5 19.5
G Adrian Jones 9 9 1 5 1 0 1 7
C Wade Smith 11 3 0 0 0 0 1 6
T Herb Taylor 12 1 3 15 3 0 1 8
G Brian Waters 12 12 2 20 0 2 1 5
T Barry Richardson 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Inspired by the comments in this FanPost, I compiled some data on Kansas City Chiefs offensive line. Last year and heading into this season, the Chiefs' offensive line was the biggest worry out of the entire roster.

This year, the offensive line has quietly come into its own. No rushing meltdowns. Fewer "disintegrations" in pass protection. We've hardly complained about the line this year.

A couple notes about the stats:

  • As UC said in the Clady post, 7 sacks given up by the right tackle McIntosh is pretty pathetic.
  • I love that Albert has no penalties on the season. He could easily have four or five offensive penalties and we'd be chalking that up to him being a rookie.

Yes, the offensive line is playing pretty well this year. Part of that is the increased talent. Part of that is the scrambling ability of Tyler Thigpen and his ability to dodge defenders in the pocket.

We can sing their praises but the reality is that the Chiefs likely need to replace McIntosh and Niswanger. Brian Waters is playing quite well and will probably be around for at least three to four more years. He doesn't get injured really at all.

Who do we scrap on the offensive line and how early do we pursue a linemen in the 2009 draft?