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Examiner
  • Stephen Brown: Chiefs’ O-line has to be better than generic

  • I use the off-brand. There’s a place for Cocoa Comets Cereal, but when wanting a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, generic doesn’t work. I’m partial to Skippy.

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  • I use the off-brand. There’s a place for Cocoa Comets Cereal, but when wanting a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, generic doesn’t work. I’m partial to Skippy.
    Quality matters.
    Kansas City is building a solid offensive line. Scott Pioli hasn’t ignored excellence. Right tackle Eric Winston is the huge upgrade every fan wanted for the offensive line. Winston was the Chiefs’ biggest offseason acquisition.
    A dependable offensive line has always been a Chief cornerstone. In just three seasons, Pioli has quietly retooled the offensive line. Most audible has been what Pioli hasn’t done, but fans are waking up to what Pioli is doing.
    The biggest cog to any offense is the offensive line; Pioli’s made it priority.
    In his first three seasons, Marty Schottenheimer drafted guard Dave Szott, center Tim Grunhard and guard Will Shields. Schottenheimer didn’t waste time building his base. Those three provided stability for a decade. Shields gave Kansas City 13 terrific seasons. Hard to believe 10 offensive lineman were taken before Shields in 1993.
    If the foundation is set, you can build any direction. A solid line allows an offense or defense to do whatever they want.
    The Chiefs are constructing the line with youth.
    Second-year player Rodney Hudson will take over for long-standing center Casey Wiegmann. Last season, Hudson’s locker was located next to Casey’s and across from Branden Albert.
    Talking to Hudson, he told me he was learning all he could from Casey Wiegmann.
    “I’m trying to learn everything I can,” Hudson said last season. “Technique and the way his mind processes things when he plays and goes up to the line. I’m just trying to learn all I can.”
    Hudson brings an impressive resumé to the NFL. He’s a capable guy. Hudson is the most decorated offensive lineman in Florida State history. He was ranked as the 24th best player in Seminole history before his senior year.
    Taking over for Wiegmann, Hudson is stepping into a command position. I’m confident Hudson has the history to become a solid performer for the offensive line.
    Behind guard Ryan Lilja is rookie Jeff Allen, who could see playing time. Some said Allen was the “typical Pioli pick,” but a closer look showed Allen was one of the best offensive linemen in the draft.
    Allen is a worker and consistent. He’s smart and knows where to be. He doesn’t make many mistakes. Allen is also excellent in pass protection and he played every game at Illinois. Allen showed enough in college to translate into being a long-term fix for Kansas City.
    Durability plus chemistry equals reliability. The Chiefs have that look, and with youth, something that will last.
    Page 2 of 2 - Schottenheimer’s offensive lines were consistent and the same was true with Dick Vermeil’s. The Chiefs Super Bowl team had a solid offensive line. It works, everything starts up front.
    Pioli has equipped the offensive line with very good talent. Earlier, Kansas City was predicted to have a top-five offensive line in 2012. That could very well happen.
    HILLIS LIKES WHAT HE SEES: Running back Peyton Hillis said something at practice that justified Pioli. Remember the disapproval Pioli took over using what he knew? You know, the “Patriot Way.”
    “Out of all the teams I’ve been on, this team is the most close because everybody knows each other,” Hillis said about the togetherness of players and coaches since joining the Chiefs. “It seems like everybody’s from the same branch, same tree – like Brian Daboll, Romeo Crennel, Scott Pioli – when that leaks down, it’s a comfortable feeling that everybody knows the way.”
    Imagine that, a guy using what he learned being on multiple Super Bowl teams. I guarantee Romeo Crennel will pull from his wisdom of multiple Super Bowl wins. So why can’t Pioli?
    Hillis likes what he sees, and so do I.
    Good day, Chiefs fans!

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