The Kansas City Chiefs are going into the 2022 season with the same offensive line as last season. The same offensive line that was revamped in 2021 and played very well overall. If you ask me, I think it is the best offensive line Patrick Mahomes has ever had.
Now, they are going into year two together.
What are the expectations for the offensive line now that they have spent a whole year together and are going to be together for the second straight year. Well, one national media outlet has them ranked in the top-10 as a whole. Or, you could even say they are a tier two offensive line.
PFF’s ranking of the Chiefs offensive line was too low and it already looks bad
According to Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus, the Chiefs are a top-10 offensive line in football ranked ninth overall. They also fall into tier two. I’m not upset by the ranking, but I do feel there are reasons they could be higher.
Here is what Renner wrote on the Chiefs’ offensive line:
“While the Chiefs figure to field one of the best interior lines in the NFL next season, their right tackle position is still a question mark. Lucas Niang is the likely starter, but he was a liability at times in pass protection in his first year as a starter in 2021. He allowed five or more pressures in three of his seven full games last season, so he will need to improve to justify this ranking.”
Renner is right in saying that Niang is the weak link in this offensive line if there was one. However, not only was it his first year starting last season, it was his first year period. Niang missed his first real season after he was drafted due to sitting out because of COVID. He also dealt with an injury at times last season which could have stunted his development on the offensive line, and just messed with his play overall.
Some of the teams ahead of the Chiefs are the Bengals, Patriots, Cowboys, Packers, Buccaneers, Lions, Browns, and Eagles.
I think the ranking could be higher than ninth, and in my opinion, they should be right outside the top-5 at sixth. However, this ranking does not make me upset. It does feel good to see national media say that the Chiefs have one of the best interiors on the offensive line in the NFL.
Niang has been on the PUP list for most of training camp, forcing Andrew Wylie to start at right tackle. If we are being honest, Wylie has had a good camp. Not great, but good. On Saturday he carried that over to real game like situations
Just to back up that statement, the Chiefs offensive line put on a show in the first preseason game of 2022 against the Bears. Patrick Mahomes and Chad Henne, the first and second team quarterbacks, did not get sacked at all on Saturday.
While it is preseason, it is also evidence that the line has gotten better. With Andrew Wylie making the start at right tackle, the Chiefs starting offensive line was dominant on Saturday, much better than a ninth-ranked offensive line.
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