Orlando Brown the final piece of Chiefs’ rebuilt offensive line

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Patrick Mahomes ran for his life in a losing effort in Super Bowl LV, and the Chiefs knew they had to fix the offensive line that couldn’t keep Mahomes upright. By acquiring Orlando Brown Jr. in a trade with the Ravens, the Chiefs have now finished that offseason project.

The Chiefs’ offensive line will look nothing like the unit that played for them last year, as an offseason of big moves has made a big difference.

Brown is the cornerstone, the left tackle who was a Pro Bowler in Baltimore but didn’t want to stick around because the Ravens wanted to play him on the right side. Now Brown will get his wish and protect Mahomes’ blind side. But Brown is far from the only addition.

Guard Joe Thuney signed a five-year, $80 million deal to play next to Brown. Thuney was one of the best guards in the NFL during his time with the Patriots, and the Chiefs expect him to continue playing at a high level for years to come.

Kyle Long came out of retirement and signed with the Chiefs as well. The 32-year-old Long was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Bears and can play either guard or tackle, and after taking a year off Long is expecting to play at a high level again for the Chiefs.

At center, the Chiefs added Austin Blythe, who started the last three seasons for the Rams, on a one-year contract.

The Chiefs are also expecting the return of starting guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, who opted out of the 2020 season so that he could work in a nursing home during the COVID-19 pandemic. And 2020 third-round pick Lucas Niang, an offensive tackle who also opted out in 2020, is also expected back.

With three offensive linemen signed in free agency, two offensive linemen coming back from opt-outs, and now Brown’s arrival in a trade, no team in the NFL has done more to improve its offensive line this offseason than the Chiefs.

46 responses to “Orlando Brown the final piece of Chiefs’ rebuilt offensive line

  1. This goes to prove how important the offensive line is and the game is won at the line of scrimmage. The Chiefs learned that lesson the hard way!

  2. Strong move by the Chiefs. They just got better. Fair deal for both sides. I just don’t understand the technical aspects of trades such as this. I’ll give you this, but you give me back that, and I will give you this………and on and on. I guess it futures trading. Anyway, strong move by the Chiefs.

  3. KC fans and Mahomes are going to be all in on Thuney! Dude is a workhorse and a stud.

  4. The two players who opted out will obviously struggle. Like the Rams, this trade for OB will look great if they win the SB and look really silly if they don’t.

  5. Salary cap … what salary cap? There’s always ways to get around it. That’s what good teams do.

  6. What will be the excuse when Mahomes still can’t read a defense and runs into sacks?

  7. Really wish I had put money on the super bowl this year. Everyone should have known there was no way the Chief’s were going to survive with an entire line of second stringers playing against the Buc’s. Looks like problem solved for this year!

  8. A classic big time roll of the dice. Old players, retirees who haven’t played and no continuity.

    Oh, and one guy thinks he is entitled to “left tackle” money after overpaying for Thuney who wanted “tackle money” because he played some Tackle at NC State once.

    Stupidest OL build I’ve ever seen.

    Most really good olines have some youth and continuity. This has none of that.

  9. A better O line is not enough. The Chiefs, since they got rid of Kareem Hunt, has become a pass oriented offense, just like the old Air-Coryell offense of San Diego with a hall of fame quarterback, great receivers, TE and O line. The only downside is that they never won a Super Bowl. More recently, the LA LAmbs went from a balanced offense to a pass-oriented offense, and they wind up getting rid of their starting quarterback for an older one. Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl with a great D and a balanced offense featuring Leonard Fournette. It shows that no matter how good the passing is, opponents will disrupt it by putting pressure on the quarterback, if a team does not run the ball to make the defense honest.

  10. The Chiefs have helped Mahomes, unlike the Packers, who do nothing other than re-sign stuffs like Kevin King.

  11. They could sign Anthony Munoz at his prime and that still wouldn’t have stopped that relentless Bucs pass rush.

  12. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. For KC they have a massive tackle who played part of last year at left tackle and played well. If he plays well next year he will want top tackle money or they will lose him or they must franchise tag him. If he cannot sustain success at left tackle KC can move-on and look for another option. Either way this is a one-year try-out to determine the future need at the position while juggling a top tier QB cap hit year over year. For Baltimore this is all about the use of draft picks and free agent acquisitions. They have a left tackle in the fold and under contract. They can draft a developmental prospect and have a veteran free agent to plug-in at left tackle. The Ravens have developed undrafted offensive line free agents and low round draft picks as well as anybody. Having a stable of lineman on rookie deals or UFA deals provides cap space to do an elite QB deal. Two different philosophies for two different teams with results yet to be determined.

  13. There is no question the OL lost the Super Bowl for KC. What is amazing is that they got to the Super Bowl with that OL. The way the Buc’s defense was peaking, the Chiefs had no chance. With the OL being rag dolled all day like a dog toy, even Brady’s three straight turnovers didn’t matter.

  14. Lady Luck always finds a way to play a role. With the best LT out in the NFCCG and a couple of bonehead plays by the Packers that handed Tampa the win, to TB and his pals getting to beat up on a 2nd string Oline that handed TB another SB, this move was a reaction to that. And who can blame the Chiefs? We all know had their Oline been intact, the Chiefs with Mahomes, Kelce, Hill and company would have destroyed and embarrassed TB and the Bucs.

  15. If you look at this O-line objectively, is no better than last year.

    Orlando Brown played only 1 year at LT for the Ravens, a team that ran 65% of the time. Mahomes is a real QB and not a one-read-and-take-off. He goes through his progression, which means he needs longer time, something Brown didn’t do at Baltimore.

    Kyle Long’s body has fallen apart in the last 5 years (29 games played over 4 years). There’s a reason even Chicago moved on from him.

    Austin Blythe is on his third team. Teams don’t let a good center get away for nothing.

    Thuney is the ONLY sure thing out of all the moves.

  16. A good line won’t cure the Chiefs reluctance to make adjustments. In the Super Bowl instead of using screens, draws snd quick outs to slow down the pass rush they just kept throwing it 40 yards every time. If you listened to the audio they were determined to just keep sliding it. They made it easy on the Bucs.

  17. touchback6 says:
    April 24, 2021 at 9:18 am
    A classic big time roll of the dice. Old players, retirees who haven’t played and no continuity.

    Stupidest OL build I’ve ever seen.

    Most really good olines have some youth and continuity. This has none of that.

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    This guy apparently can’t help himself. “Old” KC starting OL (Brown, Thuney, Blythe, LDT, Niang) has an average age of 26.4 years. Spry youthful Patriots starting OL (Wynn, Herron, Andrews, Mason, Onwenu) has an average age of 25.6 yeats. I would take the old timers, given the disparity of pro bowl seasons accumulated.

    Continuity? Chiefs – 3 players (Brown, Thuney, Blythe) played every snap last season, 2 opted out of the season. Pats – guess which teams’ OL has had a career of injuries often winning the starting slot through another’s injury.

    Please wear steel-toed shoes if you choose to continue firing from the hip!

  18. “Most really good olines have some youth and continuity. This has none of that.”
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    Mahomes will be able to have a light snack in the pocket while he surveys the field.

    Gonna be a tough one for opposing teams.

  19. should be in good shape. don’t have to face the GOAT in playoffs except on outside chance they both make it back to the bowl.

  20. thevoice0freason says:
    April 24, 2021 at 8:31 am
    What will be the excuse when Mahomes still can’t read a defense and runs into sacks?
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    Mahomes can’t read a defense???? Bwahahahaha!!!!

  21. This is the difference between 2 teams wanting to be great and a team like the Vikings content with “just good enough”.

  22. Unlikely Mahomes sees another SB in his career. The blueprint is out there and the KC gimmick offense is solved.

  23. How were the Chiefs able to make all theses signings having limited cap space ? Why would Baltimore strengthen their rival in the same conference?

  24. thevoice0freason says:
    April 24, 2021 at 8:31 am
    “What will be the excuse when Mahomes still can’t read a defense and runs into sacks?”

    Right, because everyone knows that Mahomes really sucks. Every time I think that I’ve really heard it all . . .

  25. So KC crushed the playoff Bills, beat the playoff browns with a backup QB and lost their LT, after losing their RT and RG as well, and people think KC is figured out? Because a good Bucs team took advantage of 3 key injuries?

    Time will tell but if KC is healthy, no one is beating them, unless it’s self inflicted. Health is key for teams every year. KC just ran into their injuries at the worst time of the year.

  26. Took the chiefs ONE GAME to see a problem with their offensive line and fix it.

    My team on the other hand is heading into 4 years and we have only become worse at the offensive line with each passing season.

  27. Good moves by the Chiefs, but geez they’d better hope those TV contracts increase the cap next year.

  28. @Olyhawkguy

    What blueprint? The one where the defense does it’s best to penetrate the offensive line and get to the QB? Or the one where you hope other teams injures the offensive line enough to the point it’s in shambles?

  29. springfield says:
    April 24, 2021 at 1:43 pm
    So KC crushed the playoff Bills, beat the playoff browns with a backup QB and lost their LT, after losing their RT and RG as well, and people think KC is figured out? Because a good Bucs team took advantage of 3 key injuries?

    Time will tell but if KC is healthy, no one is beating them, unless it’s self inflicted. Health is key for teams every year. KC just ran into their injuries at the worst time of the year.
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    They won 8 of their games by a touchdown, or less. They could just of easily had an entirely different season. By the way, most teams go through the injury bug. Some have it in the middle of the season and it keeps them from getting to the playoffs. Others get it during the end of the season and it keeps them from winning playoff games/SB.

  30. “They won 8 of their games by a touchdown or less”. Does this somehow negate 8 wins in your eyes? With a salary cap, that teams have to participate in, it’s an equal playing field. Games should be close. Putting strings of wins together, especially as the SB winner, just adds motivation to those equally paid opponents.

  31. Christopher Allan says:
    April 24, 2021 at 4:47 pm

    They won 8 of their games by a touchdown, or less. They could just of easily had an entirely different season. By the way, most teams go through the injury bug. Some have it in the middle of the season and it keeps them from getting to the playoffs. Others get it during the end of the season and it keeps them from winning playoff games/SB.
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    The Chiefs were 27-1 heading into the Super Bowl this year and absolutely crushed the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Championship game. They had 4 different starters at Left Guard, Right Guard and Right Tackle during the season along with two different starters at Center, yet went 14-2 while resting players for the final game of the season.

    The Super Bowl would have had a completely different outcome had Eric Fisher not torn his Achilles against the Bills and as such, they had only ONE starter who began the season as the starting center, when facing the Bucs.

    I’m pretty sure that most teams wouldn’t even have a winning record if they had that many injuries throughout the season, yet people here bag on them for one bad game, despite the fact the Chiefs were in three straight AFC Championships, were the defending champs and had the best record in the AFC in 2020 AND beat the Bucs at home during the regular season.

  32. now they need to work on the D-line. Couple of there guys disappear in the playoffs

  33. Take notice NY Jets – it can be done. Now that they have wasted Sam Darold, will they do the same and let Zach Wilson get pummeled every game?

  34. Its absolutely amazing to me the ignorance and complete idiocy of some people on here . Mahomes can’t read a defense ?

    Thats one of the things he’s best at .
    You sound clueless when it you say such things . Youre either that or jealous .

  35. Dalriatamustangplayer says:
    April 24, 2021 at 6:51 pm
    Its absolutely amazing to me the ignorance and complete idiocy of some people on here . Mahomes can’t read a defense ?

    Thats one of the things he’s best at .
    You sound clueless when it you say such things . Youre either that or jealous

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    How could he read a defense running for his life. Raiders beat them and the Chargers should’ve beat them – they had to win on a late FG with seconds left.

    That gimmick will be figured out – Tampa Bay did so quite easily and San Francisco pretty much beat them for 3 quarters.

    Every “super offense” has been stopped no matter who the QB.

    We shall see. Also big deals signed end up collapsing rosters then you have to reload in draft.

  36. Andy Reid gets it. Pete Carroll doesn’t.
    Offense wins championships, because it scores more points. That’s how you win.
    It’s not run first or pass first, its BLOCK FIRST.

  37. seahawkcritique says:
    April 25, 2021 at 10:47 am
    Andy Reid gets it. Pete Carroll doesn’t.
    Offense wins championships, because it scores more points. That’s how you win.
    It’s not run first or pass first, its BLOCK FIRST.

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    Yeah, sweet job by Reid having his OL in that super bowl on my tv screen.

    If what you say is true, Mahomes wouldn’t still be running towards his own end zone.

  38. springfield says:
    April 24, 2021 at 1:43 pm
    So KC crushed the playoff Bills, beat the playoff browns with a backup QB and lost their LT, after losing their RT and RG as well, and people think KC is figured out? Because a good Bucs team took advantage of 3 key injuries?

    Time will tell but if KC is healthy, no one is beating them, unless it’s self inflicted. Health is key for teams every year. KC just ran into their injuries at the worst time of the year.

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    In the last 2 meetings,NEs D slapped the living daylights out of KC. They spend entire halves unable to score and NEs Ds had TDs taken awayby you know who on Park Ave.

    Some of us actually watch the games. NE has the blueprint on KC and has for a few years now.KC has to get ref help.

  39. How did NE fair in the playoffs last year? They’re usually there, did their only piece switch teams or something? Keep living in the past, you’re about to reminded of the Patriots of the 80’s. Buckle up!

  40. chefboyd says:
    April 24, 2021 at 10:35 am
    “If you look at this O-line objectively, is no better than last year.

    Orlando Brown played only 1 year at LT for the Ravens, a team that ran 65% of the time. Mahomes is a real QB and not a one-read-and-take-off. He goes through his progression, which means he needs longer time, something Brown didn’t do at Baltimore.

    Kyle Long’s body has fallen apart in the last 5 years (29 games played over 4 years). There’s a reason even Chicago moved on from him.”

    1. Even if Brown did play only one year at LT for a Ravens team that ran 65% of the time, he’s still better than the traffic cone that KC had playing at the position in the Super Bowl.

    2. Kyle Long has been off for a year, which has given his body a chance to completely heal. At 32, he should still have at least a good year or two left. And let’s remember that Duvernay-Tardiff should be back this season, further solidifying the OL. Barring injury, the O-line should definitely be better than last season.

  41. The Ravens are absolutely STUPID. How do you trade a stud OL and a LT at that to a team you have to overcome to move forward. If it comes down to Ravens Chiefs in the AFC, I know who I’ll be rooting for. Geez could of traded home to the NFC or a lesser AFC team, or a team in the Chiefs Division who it woulda helped.

  42. touchback6 says:
    April 25, 2021 at 11:00 am

    In the last 2 meetings,NEs D slapped the living daylights out of KC. They spend entire halves unable to score and NEs Ds had TDs taken awayby you know who on Park Ave.

    Some of us actually watch the games. NE has the blueprint on KC and has for a few years now.KC has to get ref help.

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    Dude, just stop. You’re embarrassing yourself and an embarrassment to other Pats fan here. But for the ref’s offside call the Chiefs are 2 and oh against the Pats in those two games when they got “slapped around.” Tom Brady is gone and the Pats have regressed back into the pack in the AFC East. Deal with it in ways other than mindlessly hating on the better team(s).

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