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Monday, August 24, 2009
Chiefs aggressively try to fix O-line woes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

We just found out something about new Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli: He is going to aggressively try to fix problem areas.

After the Chiefs' offensive line struggled in the first two preseason games, Pioli has made a move to improve both the starting lineup and the depth on the unit.

Pioli acquired guard/tackle Ike Ndukwe and guard/center Andy Alleman from Miami. Ndukwe started 15 games at guard last season and he was moved to tackle this season. He could push both guard Mike Goff and tackle Barry Richardson in Kansas City. Both Goff and Richardson have struggled. Alleman could potentially push for a starting spot at guard if Ndukwe wins the tackle job.

Ndukwe and Alleman were Miami's starting guards in its playoff game against Baltimore. Last season, Alleman started four games for the Dolphins.

These two aren't world-beater players, but they can upgrade Kansas City's line. The move shows Pioli is willing to do what it takes to address problem areas. Kansas City coach Todd Haley had said new quarterback Matt Cassel may have to make plays with his feet because of the line issues. Perhaps these moves will give Cassel more time.

Meanwhile, Kansas City cut linebacker Vince Redd, who was with Pioli in New England.