Kansas City Chiefs
Another Year of the Patrick Mahomes Show
Emotions get the best of all of us. NFL decision-makers are not exempt from that. Everyone in the Kansas City Chiefs organization saw what the collapse of their offensive line cost them on the biggest stage and vowed to make sure that is not the reason they fail in 2021 and beyond, no matter the cost.
The Chiefs went into their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance with an XFL-caliber offensive line. From left to right, the Chiefs started Mike Remmers, Nick Allegretti, Austin Reiter, Stefen Wisniewski, and Andrew Wylie. Reiter was the only player of the bunch slotted to start before the season kicked off, and he was arguably the worst of the five intended starters to begin with. The two bookends—Remmers and Wylie—played about as poorly as possible, which was to be expected given the "better" of the two was a backup right tackle who got kicked to left tackle in the biggest game of the year.
Kansas City's Super Bowl offensive line would have been in trouble versus even an average front seven but was instead on the receiving end of one of the most disproportionate unit-versus-unit butt-whoopings in recent memory courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive front. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes had no choice but to scramble around like a chicken with its head cut off on nearly every play in that game.
Almost all of Kansas City's major resources this offseason were pumped into ensuring that Mahomes will be comfier in the pocket than he was in early February. Part of the all-in approach is an overreaction to how helpless the Super Bowl must have felt. It would be difficult to not get wrapped up in feeling as though you gave the best quarterback in the league no chance to win. It's not like the Chiefs' intended 2020 offensive line was particularly stellar when healthy, though. Even in 2019, without the opt-out of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, the offensive line was firmly mediocre.
In each of the past two seasons, Kansas City finished with the second-highest blown block rate in pass protection. They finished 26th and 23rd...