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Chiefs Game Changers: Offensive Line Gets An Upgrade



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First up, the offensive line.

In the 2009 draft, GM Scot Pioli opted to focus on the defense early selecting two defensive ends with the Chiefs first two picks.

After that, the offensive line wasn't given much attention. Colin Brown was selected in the fifth round. Of course, he ended up on IR before the season started so he didn't have an impact in 2009.

Things changed this offseason when the Chiefs opted to make the offensive line a priority early. Two new players were added in the second wave of free agency -- G Ryan Lilja and C Casey Wiegmann -- at least one is expected to be a starter and I wouldn't put it past Wiegmann to win the center job.

The Chiefs are also expected to consider an offensive lineman in the 2010 draft so it's possible the line could see a 60% turnover in just one year.

Is the Chiefs offensive line fixed? No way.

But aggressively addressing it in free agency is a start and it demonstrates that the front office isn't content with mediocrity. It also shows they're willing to do what it takes protect their investment Matt Cassel.

The 2009 draft was the year of the defensive line. Does 2010 point to the offense?

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