K.C.'s problems start with O-line

October, 15, 2009
10/15/09
5:20
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

I’m getting a lot of questions from Chiefs fans about their hope that the team – which looks destined for another top-five draft pick in 2010 –uses their next first-round pick on an offensive lineman.

I couldn’t agree more. The team is in desperate need of offensive line reinforcements. A major reason why Kansas City is 0-5 is because of issues on the offensive line. Kansas City – which boasted one of the best offensive lines in the NFL earlier in the decade – can’t get anything going on offense.

It starts with poor offensive line play.

Consider:

Kansas City has allowed 17 sacks, which is tied for the third most in the NFL.

Kansas City is averaging 3.5 yards per rush, and its run game is ranked 24th in the league.

Kansas City’s offensive linemen have committed 18 penalties, which is the second most in the NFL.

The unit is struggling in every facet of the game. Making matters worse is left tackle Branden Albert didn’t practice Thursday with an ankle injury. He suffered it Sunday against Dallas and his playing status at Washington on Sunday will likely be in jeopardy.

So, don’t expect much improvement from the unit this week.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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