The Green Bay Packers Thursday night beat down of the Chicago Bears perfectly demonstrated the importance of a good offensive line. And that demonstration came via a bad offensive line. The Bears' line did not protect Jay Cutler and he was on his back all night long (that's what she said?). That was the biggest reason for Cutler's 11-for-27 performance and the subsequent 23-10 loss. He was harassed all night long. That was the big story line from the game.
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I think many of us would agree that Cutler is a better quarterback than Matt Cassel. But individual talent doesn't really matter if you can't even get the ball off.
Clay Matthews had 3.5 sacks for the Packers, matching the rest of the team, so seven total sacks on Cutler. I remember seeing a stat after Cutler's 22nd pass that he had been hurried 18 times (!!!) already.
Let's make sure we don't take the Chiefs offensive line for granted. We've been waiting a few years for a good offensive line and it's here. Things were pretty dark there for a few years but piece by piece, draft pick by draft pick, the Chiefs have shored up their offensive line into what is in my biased opinion one of the better lines in the game.
That said, there are still things to work on with the Chiefs offensive line. Matt Cassel was sacked three times last week, which is still too many. The depth is an unknown right now.
But KC is on the right track, better than the days of Damion McIntosh, Herb Taylor, Will Svitek, Tre Stallings, and Adrian Jones. Anyone remember those former Chiefs?