On Thursday, Pro Football Focus writer Sam Monson published an article noting the biggest strength (and weakness) for each NFL team. For the Kansas City Chiefs, both choices were in the trenches.
Biggest Strength: Offensive Line
Obviously Patrick Mahomes is the strength of this team. Tying him down to a decade-long contract means the Chiefs are perennial contenders.
Though it feels wrong to ignore just how good of an offensive line they have assembled in front of him.
Creed Humphrey was the best-graded center in the NFL as a rookie, with Trey Smith proving to be a steal as a sixth-round pick. Orlando Brown Jr. and Joe Thuney each played well in their first season with the team, making the biggest question mark of the unit right tackle Lucas Niang, whose play was solid across 524 snaps last year.
Monson’s selection of the offensive line as the team’s greatest strength is also solid.
It may seem strange — it’s been a while since Kansas City fans could think of the team’s offensive trenches in that way — but Monson isn’t off-base.
You could argue that for the foreseeable future, quarterback Patrick Mahomes is (and will remain) the team’s greatest strength — but if that’s true, putting him behind a top-flight offensive line is a very smart move. And with each passing day, the team’s 2021 efforts to improve the line look better and better.