Andy Reid: Chiefs’ offensive line isn’t pretty, but it’s scrappy

Divisional Round - Cleveland Browns v Kansas City Chiefs
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The Chiefs’ offensive line is, heading into Super Bowl LV, practically held together by scotch tape. But Andy Reid isn’t panicking.

The offensive line woes began before the season started, when starting guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif made the selfless decision not to play this year and instead put his medical degree to use caring for elderly patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Then Lucas Niang, an offensive lineman the Chiefs selected in the third round of the 2020 NFL draft, opted out as well.

Then starting guard Kelechi Osemele and starting right tackle Mitchell Schwartz both suffered season-ending injuries. And left tackle Eric Fisher suffered a season-ending injury of his own in the AFC Championship Game.

So the Chiefs will be down to Mike Remmers starting at left tackle, Andrew Wylie starting at right tackle, Nick Allegretti and Stefen Wisniewski as the starting guards and Austin Reiter at center in Super Bowl LV. That might be the worst offensive line in the league, but Reid is putting a positive spin on it.

“My guys have been practicing hard the last couple weeks here, trying to make sure their technique and fundamentals are proper,” Reid said. “Listen, we’re not the prettiest bunch on the offensive line, but I’ve got scrappy guys and they’ll figure out how to do it well.”

It’s to the enormous credit of Patrick Mahomes that he has continued to play at an MVP level behind that sieve of an offensive line. It will take a truly super effort against an excellent Bucs defensive front in the Super Bowl.

12 responses to “Andy Reid: Chiefs’ offensive line isn’t pretty, but it’s scrappy

  1. I remember the Vikings signing Remmers as a tackle then moving him to guard where he failed miserably because he was too tall and his center of gravity was too high. So they cut him and now he is starting at tackle in the super bowl. What if they had just played him at his position? Still makes me mad. Elflein was a center, moved him to guard where he failed and cut him. There is a reason their line is perennially awful. Anyway go Remmers!

  2. “That might me the worst offensive line in the league”… I’m confused, they lose 1 lineman 2 weeks ago, and the previous guy they lost 2 months ago, and now people are suggesting they “might” have the worst line in the league? Yet they’re undefeated in that time same timeframe.

  3. Remmers will make his 2nd super bowl start. He started for the Panthers in Super Bowl 50, lining up against Von Miller most snaps. JPP is not Von Miller but… yeah Mahomes better be ready to run.

  4. Brady is great, but Tampa will win this game because of this patchwork Oline in front of Mahomes. It’s going to be ugly. Barrett and JPP will have a field day.

    But Brady will get all the credit and history will only remember 43 year old Brady beating the young gun Patrick Mahomes.

  5. Good luck Mahomes. You are going to need it against that ferocious Bucs pass rush.

  6. Patrick Mahomes can cover up a lot of the o-line shortcomings with his mobility and football IQ

  7. This matchup of lines will probably determine the outcome of this game. IDK who the KC OL coach is but I’m hoping he has some tricks up his sleeve.

  8. They are ready for anything Tampa Bay throws at them. JPP is no Von Miller! All year the Chiefs are going against this great defense or that great defense. The Chiefs beat every great defense this year. 14-2 was their record… My only worry is that SUH is a very dirty player. I hope the REFs keep their eye on his dirty play! Chiefs win 35-21!!!

  9. Meanwhile on the other side of the field….Tom Brady is gonna be in for a long day himself. The Chiefs D line can bring pressure consistently and push that O line right into Brady and disrupt his rhythm and timing. Add a few of Spagnola’s corner or safety blitzes and it could be a long day for Brady as well. My money is on Mahomes …he has a much better/younger set of wheels to move around in that backfield.

  10. Center and left tackle? Yikes!! Some ole strory… Brady has to play like an ordinary Joe and Mahomes has to be spectacular to win.

  11. I bet you that Brady gets sacked more than mahomes on Sunday. They
    Had 2 weeks to get ready they will give there o line any additional help with backs and tight ends chipping in.

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