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Chiefs’ Geoff Schwartz Wants To Play Guard


Kansas City Chiefs free agent acquisition Geoff Schwartz thinks he can best help his new team by playing guard.

Schwartz came into the NFL as a tackle. Though he played a few games at the position when he was a member of the Carolina Panthers, the former seventh-round pick seems to think his best position is guard.

“I think I’m better at guard,” Schwartz said in a recent conference call with the media. ” Being able to play tackle is definitely a positive, but I haven’t really done it in a couple years. I’m just looking forward to getting a healthy camp at guard, preferable, but like I said, I can still do tackle.”

The Panthers liked Schwartz at guard as well. After a successful transition from tackle to guard, Schwartz was a starter at the position for Carolina before a hip injury derailed his 2011 season. Schwartz ended up with the Minnesota Vikings last season but he played only sparingly.

Now that he has a fresh start in KC, Schwartz is looking forward to what the Chiefs have told him will be a competition for playing time in camp. The chance to get back on the field in a starting role is one of the things that excited Schwartz about coming to Kansas City.

“First and foremost, I think there is competition on the offensive line,” Said Schwartz. “Right tackle is open right now. There’s not anyone really there, but besides that, I really like Coach Reid. When he was in Philly he won a lot of games. He’s been a very successful coach. In 14 years he’s been in a lot of conference championship games. That’s exciting to me. Even when he’s getting a fresh start here and I wanted a fresh start, so it was just a perfect situation for me.”

The Chiefs have a couple of young players along their offensive line in guard Jeff Allen and tackle Donald Sephenson. It will be interesting to see if Schwartz can challenge one or both for a starting gig.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/AmericanWolfx Michael Tavis

    I would prefer him at guard anyways so this is music to my ears. I think this was a great signing. I believe we get a tackle in the draft and that will complete our O line.

    • micah stephenson

      I like B.Albert and D.Stephenson at OT. we cud add a lil depth there with 1 of our 3rd rd picks to help protect GENO SMITH and A.Smith.

      • Canad-Ian

        Some people seem to be annoyed with you beating that drum but I think the enthusiasm is awesome.

        Chiefs sign a corner– “He should provide great competition in practice going up against GENO SMITH. GENO GENO GENO!”

        • micah stephenson

          Lol. Part of it is at this point im just messing with people! Lol

          • Michael Shaw

            Your not supposed to admit that Micah. We all knew it anyway, but NEVER admit it!! LOL!

          • dominicscarlatti

            Micah is our very own “agent provocateur”… ;-)

    • superman_25_58

      Yes I can see them possibly trying to trade back and take Fluker bc he played right tackle for Alabama.

  • berttheclock

    I say provide the young man with all of the lox, cream cheese and bagels he wants and let him compete. Excellent addition which shows whomever is handling the NFL, CFL player evaluations for Mr Dorsey knows his game far better than did Farmer who held that position for Pioli.

  • berttheclock

    Hey, Patrick Allen, if you want a great story, which touches upon the Chiefs, look up http://www.csbsju.edu/Alums-in-sports-Business.htm. It is about Trent Kirschner, the Pro evaluator for John Schneider of the Seahawks. I was checking on when Browner was signed from the CFL and became a 2011 starter for the Seahawks. What I found was Kirschner was the NFL/CFL talent scout for Schneider. What I didn’t know was the fascinating story of how Kirschner, with no working experience and no connections in the NFL, had travelled to the Combine in Indy just trying to talk with anyone about getting a job in the NFL. John Schneider happened to be working for the Chiefs at the time, met him and allowed him to hang out with him during the combine. Kirschner ended up scouting for the Panthers for several years and after Schneider became the new GM for the Seahawks hired him to run the NFL/CFL evaluation team. He was the one who spotted Browner, who signed as a FA.
    However, it shows, once again, the importance of having quality evaluators on the management team.

    • micah stephenson

      I wonder what Trent thinks about GENO SMITH?

      • berttheclock

        He covers the NFL/CFL side of scouting, not college scouting. He is responsble for observing, either, current players or players who have been waived. In the case of Browner, Browner had been an UFA for the Donkies, played well, but, was injured and lost in the shuffle. So, he took his six foot four inch body to Canada where he played very well for 3 years. He was available for any NFL team prior to that NFL season. Kirschner happened to be the one who spotted him and Browner has been a force in the very large defensive backfield of the Seahawks ever since.

        • Canad-Ian

          Maybe I should go to my home town Eskimos games and send some scouting reports to AA and Dorsey.

          • berttheclock

            Hey, not many thought much of Warren Moon until he played in the CFL. I believe Browner played for Calgary.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jonathon.thomson.3 Jonathon Thomson

            You’re correct. In addition, Cameron Wake of the Dolphins used to be with the B.C. Lions, and Phillip Hunt (D-line for Philly) used to be a Winnipeg Blue Bomber (where I’m from), and likewise Chief’s Cory Greenwood was drafted by Toronto. The problem with the CFL talent is that there is a HUGE difference of CFL to NFL, but there have been success stories like Moon and Jeff Garcia and Doug Flutie

      • Chief Hokie

        You just can’t resist, can you? haha
        Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
        A: Geno Smith

    • Chief Hokie

      That’s pretty cool. Good find, thanks for sharing.

  • berttheclock

    I love it when posters write in Stephenson at RT. He could not pass protect at LT, so, yeah, put him at RT, where Winston was cut because he was not effective in pass protection. Some rave about the 220 something yards ripped off by Charles when Stephenson was at LT. They say he is a great run blocker. That particular game was lost due to the fact the Chiefs threw only 22 times (One of those was picked off and run back for a Pick Six) and ran the ball 44 times. Andy Reid wants to pass, not run. So, he needs pass protecting bodies, not run blockers. BTW, in that run game against Indy, Stephenson gave up a sack and allowed hurries and hits to BQ. So, now, he is supposed to protect Alex Smith or GENO? If so, they will need to talk with a Lloyds of London rep.

    • Michael Shaw

      Guess we will see who is right, you or the guys that evaluate the team. I know Donald Stephenson wasn’t perfect, but he did a great job in relief for Albert. Otherwise he would have been released by now. Remember, the guy was a 2nd or 3rd round ROOKIE that was drafted as DEPTH, not as a starter. Do I think he can handle the RT spot? Absolutely! I think the OL will look one of two way this fall: Albert, Schwartz, Hudson, Asamoah, Stephenson or Albert, Schwartz, Hudson, Asamoah and Joeckel/Fisher. I am hoping that we don’t go OT with our #1, but the way they have filled holes, I am thinking they almost certainly will after they trade down.

      • dominicscarlatti

        He’s probably pushing weights as we speak…

      • superman_25_58

        DJ Fluker RT from Alabama after the trade down might be a possibility

      • Chief Hokie

        I agree I think those are the two possibilities for our OL. I’m almost certain it will be Joeckel, though. And I really don’t see us being able to trade down, unless someone falls in love with Geno Smith. I wish that team were the chiefs :(

    • Troy Utt

      Your point is spot on in regards to Stephenson! I have pointed out the same seemingly due to lack of upper body strength. He has a tendency to get pushed in the direction of the play as he is unable to sustain block / keep defenders at bay! He is not a bad player!!! Just not quite ready for the rigors of being a full-time NFL lineman!

      • micah stephenson

        O hell knaw! What! Stephenson was 1 of the strongest at the combine and he ran a sub 5 sec 40. He only started 4 games and he played well. All rookies strugle against D.Freeney. Stephenson got better each game. As you watch more of Stephenson you will start to see him man handle DEs

        • Troy Utt

          Running has nothing to do with with his lack of upper body strength! Then again according to your theory with his superior speed why can’t he keep up with Dwight? If you will note I said, “he is not a bad player!” Not every prospect that comes in the league is ready to play day 1! As Michael points out & I do believe DS was drafted 3rd rd…for depth! Was he perfect? NO… Serviceable? Yes… Out of the gate quick & faded fast, just need’s more time in the weightroom! Time spent in weight room is among the “laundry list” he has been labeled with since coming into league!

          • micah stephenson

            He was drafted becus of his strenth amd nastiness. He was the 11 nest LT in the draft. He was drafted for insurance for if we lose Albert ot Winston. We lost Winston. Stephenson steped up enough not to need to need an OT at this momment.

          • Troy Utt

            If you are going to argue a point…at least know what you are talking about! See Stephenson’s info below…
            NFL COMBINE AVERAGE -BY POSITION.
            Avg. 40 yard dash time…..5.32. DS 40 yard dash time……..4.94. No doubt speed is not an issue as we both agree! Avg Bench OT…………………..25
            DS Bench Press………………..19
            *QUOTE FROM NFL COMBINE / SCOUTING REPORT*
            “Stephenson is not very strong despite his size. Always in a stalemate & forces himself to use footwork. Quick off the line, but not explosive! Can get blown back by more explosive players in pass blocking.”*
            This only further proves my point! He was a good pick up as a project player, (not plug & play) which he proved last year. He is coming along but needs more time and will do well for the Chiefs! But like I said…he will have to put some work in the weight room.

        • Chief Hokie

          Yes sir. Stephenson is gonna be a BOSS.

        • berttheclock

          Russell Wilson played far far far better and Jake Long has signed with the Rams.

    • micah stephenson

      If the Chiefs still need a OT J.Long and A.Smith are still availbe.

    • Chief Hokie

      Being a little tough on Stephenson, eh? He was a ROOKIE, and he did pretty damn good for a rookie, too. Not sure I want him to be the starting RT already, I’m just saying it could be worse. However, I’d bet that next year, assuming Albert’s gone, Stephenson will be our starting RT and Joeckel our LT.

      • berttheclock

        Your point about next year is apt. He does need another year in the weight room before he is fully ready to pass block. My point is he is not ready to pass block this year. Reid wants pass blocking over run blocking. He loves to pass first, so, pass blocking becomes a priority. But, you are correct. He was a rookie. Damn shame too, as Russell Wilson should have been that rookie. I remember screaming at the TV when he was not announced and the name of Stephenson was called. Pioli’s folly will be felt for years after for that bone head move.
        BTW, Alex Smith is a conservative QB who, even behind a great O-line last season, still took sacks and threw away passes. He needs pass protection because he was not brought here by Reid to just hand off to Charles. The run blocking several Stephenson fans bring up was the day Charles ran for over 220 yards. 44 running plays and only 22 passes that day. That is not Reid’s style. Stephenson happened to be the one on that day who had a far better game of run blocking than pass protecting which was poor. BTW, I believe the offensive tackle from Central Michigan, Fisher, could have the better pro career than Joeckel. He has played RT very well, as well.

        • Danny W

          I think the better pick would have been Mike Adams who was taken in the late second over Jeff Allen. Then in the third you could have had Oh I don’t know Russell wislon.

  • berttheclock

    One last post for today. Whomever John Dorsey is evaluating NFL/CFL talent has done a very good job so far in FAcy. But, one of the important things to remember is the Chiefs will be first in line on the waiver wire this season for cuts by other teams, so, you really need a talent evaluator watching the wire.

    • dominicscarlatti

      Great point, Bert. I imagine Dorsey will leave a little cap room available to facilitate waiver claims of attractive veterans during the season.

  • Billie Cabral

    I think Asomoah is kind of weak so why not go with a much stronger run blocker. WE have depth on the OL and have many options come draft time. I can’t wait

    • Danny W

      Hey Billie
      I honestly think Allen was the much weaker guard on this team I think the stats will bad that up.

  • Danny W

    I think Schwartz stomps some blokes out and takes the guard position. If he can stay healthy he may be a pro bowler.