Dec 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Indianapolis Colts defensive end Fili Moala (95) is tackled by Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher (72) after recovering a fumble in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Indianapolis won the game 23-7. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs: Are We Overlooking The Offensive Line Issues


 

With free agency and the NFL draft approaching, the debates about who the Kansas City Chiefs should target in either one have really taken off. Should they draft receiver, or go defense? Should they target Jeremy Maclin or Eric Decker? While both of those are certainly areas of concern, one of my biggest is how they’re going to address the offensive line in the months to come.

Pro-Bowl left tackle, Branden Albert is certainly gone, leaving the left tackle spot up for grabs. Donald Stephenson has done a great job when asked to fill that void but is he really going to get that spot over the number one overall pick, Eric Fisher who struggled mightily his rookie year?

What about Jon Asamoah? He went down with a calf injury about half way through the season and Geoff Schwartz did one hell of a job stepping in for him. He too seemed to be an upgrade over Asamoah and the Chiefs felt the same way when they decided to keep playing him and Stephenson over a healthy Asamoah and Fisher.

Both Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz are bound for free agency unless the Chiefs extend them a new deal or slap them with the franchise tag. They can’t keep both, so which one?

Geoff Schwartz would be my option over Asamoah mainly because he played as good, if not better than the latter, and he’ll likely be the cheaper option. Asamoah is valued as a top player at his position in free agency, and someone is going to pay him decent money. With the Chiefs current cap issues, they need all the help they can get at discount prices.

Fisher is the one that scares me the most. As you already know, the Chiefs spent the number one pick to get him, and he most certainly didn’t live up to the hype in his rookie season. Typically, tackles taken in the top ten step in right away and make a significant impact. Eric Fisher made an impact, but not necessarily in a good way.

He really struggled to find any kind of groove and battled tons of nagging injuries- leaving me to question his toughness a bit. I’ll cut him some slack because I do believe he was underweight and it was his rookie season, but I still feel he should’ve been able to show the Chiefs more than what he did last season. Hopefully, Fisher can get it together, gain some weight, and come into camp ready to bust some heads.

I like Stephenson on the right side, mainly because he’s proven to be dominant in the run game in his first two seasons. If anything though, Donald has proven he can hold his own against premier pass rushers better than Eric Fisher. Just go back and watch the second Denver game and both Colts games. But I still don’t know which one should get the nod over the other when it comes to protecting Alex Smith‘s blind side.

The points is that the Chiefs have some serious questions that need to be answered along the offensive front and while we sit here and debate on what’s more important this off-season, let us not overlook the troubles that they could be facing with their offensive line.

Kansas City likely wont be drafting an offensive lineman in the first round, or be looking for the best available free agent, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be looking for some kind of answers. So I raise the questions, should the Chiefs draft, or, sign another tackle or guard in 2014? What about Schwartz over Asamoah and are you comfortable with Stephenson or Fisher at left?

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  • kcpauly

    I think Fish, and Don Steve will be fine so we just need some relief/depth players, to supplement, I think Asomoah will probably walk in FA as he will be too expensive for our cap situation. It will be interesting one way or the other to see how Mr.Dorsey is able to deal with the cap situation and the needs of our team, we will see if he is able to earn his money? I think he will do fine, I think he is a smart man and he knows a thing or two about the game.
    Go Chiefs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • 3rdgen CHIEFS fan

      I agree about Fisher that he’ll be fine. Maybe he’ll be like Poe, perceived as a bust in his first year and a pro-bowler in his second.

  • Josh Landers

    None of the top 5 tackled performed well this year. Plus, fish was learning a new position coming from a small school to the nfl. Give the dude a break. He progressed towards the end of the year and will likely be at lt next year. I would live to have Schwartz back but I’m pretty concerned with Allen. Asamoah is probably gone so if we can find some help at lg, I think that would be the best move. I think fs is our top priority with wr just a half step behind. Clinton-Dix or Pryor May be wishful thinking but if we could get one, I think that’s the best first round move. There are a ton of wr’s that I think could contribute as our number 2 in this draft class. Martavis Bryant is who I have my eyes on. As for the rest, we’ll probably need either a starter at le or depth behind Bailey and devito as t-jax will probably be gone, as well. And ilb

    • Josh Landers

      Is also a need but we can get by if we resign Jordan. But DJ is not getting any younger. Idk if nico Johnson will be part of that equation but if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Just my opinions. GO CHIEFS!!!

  • Calchiefsfan

    I’m glad to see someone else is concerned about this Josh. Let’s hope that Dorsey and Reid understand what’s at stake, which I’m confident they do. The Chiefs started producing big numbers last season when the O line started coming together. Reid was able to open up the playbook and Smith started talking more chances down field. I don’t want this offense to take a step back next year which is a possibility with Albert probably leaving. Either Fisher or Stephenson will be a down grade at LT. I think Joe Staley is a good comparison to Fisher. Fisher should be much better next year and I believe that Stephenson will be fine at RT. But Fisher needs a year or two more to be able to play at the level of Albert. Then there is the issue of depth. All three tackles played extensively due to injuries. We need three good tackles. Same with the guards. We lose Schwartz or Asamoah and we will have insufficient depth. Crazy as it sounds but I would rather draft O linemen with our first picks over a WR or TE. Of course free safety is our biggest need.

  • Stan Colbert

    I have always liked Jon Asamoah, but have read he doesn’t fit well in Reid’s offense. Schwarz and Stephenson really looked good together on the rt. side. Together they could be dominate if Andy ever decided to run the ball. Most think Fish will improve significantly during off-season. He was overmatched early, but worked all year to get better. I think that is a good sign. Allen is most concerning. Can use a TE to help Fish more difficult to help Allen. Watkins & Lush provide depth at guard, nice to draft another Tackle though. No doubt left side weak side.