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Chiefs blockers turned to LeCharles Bentley this offseason

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Much more will be expected from Chiefs offensive linemen Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson this season.

So they went to prepare with the guy who was indirectly responsible for some of the pressure.

According to Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star, Allen and Stephenson spent part of the offseason working with former NFL offensive lineman LeCharles Bentley.

Bentley trained their former teammate Geoff Schwartz last offseason, and Schwartz was rewarded with a four-year, $16.8 million deal from the Giants this year. That’s the quickest way to catch another player’s attention.

“He has a proven record,” Stephenson said of Bentley. “The guys that went there have made a wonderful transformation, guys like Geoff Schwartz. I’m already feeling the benefits.”

Bentley’s playing career was cut short by a knee injury and a subsequent staph infection, but he’s developed a bit of a niche as an offensive line guru. If quarterbacks can have them, why shouldn’t blockers? He’s built a new facility in Arizona, and deals only with offensive linemen.

Bentley worked with both players on their functional strength.

“When you have a guy that’s so gifted in terms of God-given ability, then you can also lose focus and lose the ability to really learn how to be a true master of your craft,” Bentley said. “The biggest thing with turning him into the best player he can be, just attention to detail and constantly focusing on the little things.”

After losing Schwartz, guard Jon Asamoah and left tackle Branden Albert this offseason, Kansas City needs Allen and Stephenson to get better in a hurry.

And if Bentley’s helps them play more like Schwartz, there’s a long-term benefit for them as well.

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11 Responses to “Chiefs blockers turned to LeCharles Bentley this offseason”
  1. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 23, 2014 1:25 PM

    I always felt bad for that guy — Bentley was a hell of a player and shredded a wheel at a very inopportune time. Buckeye or not, I hope it works out for the guy.

  2. chut26 says: Jun 23, 2014 1:25 PM

    “By the time you read this… LeCharles Bentley will be an Eagle”

    -Mark Eckel

  3. zemonemo says: Jun 23, 2014 1:49 PM

    He also helped mold Alex Boone up from an alcoholic schlub into a Pro Bowl guard.

    Bentley’s track record is a good one.

  4. tinbender2000 says: Jun 23, 2014 1:52 PM

    May the Schwartz be with you

  5. notthetroll says: Jun 23, 2014 1:57 PM

    How very American of you LeCharles, well done.!

  6. mred163 says: Jun 23, 2014 1:58 PM

    Isn’t that what the coaches are paid to do?

  7. shayeezy says: Jun 23, 2014 2:02 PM

    both allen and stephenson are talented and athletic for their size, but bentley is able to provide that extra bit of technique and physical conditioning to take them to the next level. both entering their third season in the league and they’re due for a very good one.

  8. mdd913 says: Jun 23, 2014 2:04 PM

    Does Bentley also teach his students to become fat, lazy slobs after their second year in the league? That’s what he did……that leg injury was the best thing that ever happened to him, because if he’d kept playing for any amount of time people would’ve started to realize what an awful, malcontent, piece of junk player he was.

  9. ashevillechief says: Jun 23, 2014 2:31 PM

    Chiefs O-line will be just fine. Hate when people keep saying we lost 3 starters. Swartz took the job from Asamoah. Really just lost 2.

  10. joetoronto says: Jun 24, 2014 4:13 AM

    House of cards.

  11. jtfawver says: Jun 26, 2014 9:59 AM

    I’m not saying this will or wont work (although Bentley’s record seems to be a good one) but as a fan how can you not appreciate players who take $ out of their own pocket to be a better player?

    I already liked Allen & Stephenson, but you cant help but really want to see them succeed when you read something like this.

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