Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Donald Stephenson (79) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chiefs defeated the Eagles 26-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Donald Stephenson, Jeff Allen Working With LeCharles Bentley


Good news for those of you concerned about the future of the Chiefs offensive line. Two critical pieces for next season’s projected starting offensive line, Donald Stephenson and Jeff Allen, are working with former NFL player LeCharles Bentley this off season.

Bentley started an offensive lineman program, O-line Performance, with the idea of improving the quality of offensive line play around the NFL. His programs focus on getting linemen into “offensive linemen” shape as opposed to having linemen training like they are running backs. He focuses on diets and workout programs as well as film study. Many NFL linemen, including Schwartz, Alex Boone, and Max Starks, have worked out with Bentley.

Here’s a blip from his website.

[E]ach individually designed program is constructed around addressing the most efficient ways to improve your performance. LeCharles’ ability to identify imbalances based on in-person assessments as well as his time spent studying your film, he’s able to build the ideal program to rapidly improve your performance.  There isn’t an individual more qualified to scout your weaknesses in film evaluation while simultaneously being able to prescribe the training, dietary and nutritional modalities to turn a perceived weakness into a strength.

Are Stephenson and Allen suddenly going to become All-Pro linemen because they worked out with Bentley? No. But Bentley’s history suggest both of them are going to be in a better position to be successful next year than they were this season. This certainly cannot hurt the Chiefs and their offensive line’s potential.

To give you an idea of what Bentley can help unlock, read this story on Detroit Lions rookie Larry Warford. Warford, a right guard selected in the third round, finished 2013 with a +22.8 PFF grade and started all 16 games.

Tags: Donald Stephenson Jeff Allen Kansas City Chiefs

  • berttheclock

    If he can turn Allen into something resembling a NFL offensive lineman, great. However, the selection of Warford, two picks after the Chiefs selected Kelce, shows excellent offensive linemen can be found in the 3rd round. Shields was a 3rd round pick. However, excellent to have such a coach work with our players.

  • cd3382

    It’s always pleasant to hear guys doing extra work in the offseason to get better.

  • freshmeat62

    I think it’s great that people take the initiative to improve themselves, whether on the field, in business, or every day life. Why don’t we see something about Fisher? I certainly hope he’s not resting on his laurels this off season, because his laurels are kind of thorny.

  • berttheclock

    Playing offensive lineman in the NFL appears to be an area, where, for many it really takes time to develop proper skills and it appears to not matter, at times, where that player was drafted or even undrafted. Austin Howard jumped from the Jets to the Raiders, when, McKenzie, in a moment of being very much in the fog from the Bay, over paid him with a $30 M, $15 M guaranteed contract to play right tackle. However, look back at the time it took him to go from an UDFA walking on to start for Andy Reid at Philly for 4 games in 2010, to being cut by Reid, picked up and dumped by another team, and, finally, finding his way to the Jets in 2012 and ending up starting at RT for Ryan.

  • berttheclock

    This really speaks volumes about the new work ethic of Donald Stephenson. I remember when Pioli selected Russell Wilson, er, strike that out, I meant Stephenson and one of the first comments I read about him from a Chiefs coach was how much time he needed to be in the weight room and even learning how to integrate with working with other linemen. One of the knocks on him was he lacked upper body strength. His improvement last season showed how he had been able to build up his strength, but, this off season work with a special coach should really move him forward, especially, at a crucial time for the Chiefs. Times have changed drastically for players in the NFL from the days of the sixties, where, for many Chiefs’ players, off season meant you had to find a job to pay bills, so, for some, it meant going to work in the Texas oilfields. Now, with so many wanting your job, one can not really get out of shape and suppose you will work your way back into shape at St Joe. Being better paid, means, even for baseball players, that lounging around putting on a beer belly, has become a thing of the past. Not that I have anything against beer bellies, as I fondly, remember Billy Kilmer and Sonny Jurgenson pulling their respective ones up so the center could hike them the ball.

    • micah stephenson

      Dude. I’m tired of you saying my cuz lacked strength. He is one of the strongest players on the team. And quit b**ching about players drafted after Pioli’s picks. Its easy for you to say o he shoulda picked this or that guy after you see them play a few yrs.

      • berttheclock

        I am only repeating what was said by a Chiefs coach after his pick. In addition, that lack of upper body strength analysis came from Pro Football Focus reports of his blocking. BTW, I didn’t have to wait to bitch about his pick as I almost destroyed the TV set when he was picked and Russell Wilson was left on the board. Now, micah, please tell us far more about those many “MaHvelous” Pioli picks, other than Houston and Poe, who, Romeo wanted. Pioli left Pro Bowl talent on board on many of his picks.

  • Michael Shaw

    Even before hearing this I was ok with Fisher, LT; Allen, LG, Hudson, C: RG TBD, Stephenson, RT. I remember in 2012 when Albert went down Stephenson seemed to do ok, not pro bowl caliber, but he did ok. I think he and Allen needed time. Hopefully we find someone as good as Schwartz to fill that RG spot……………GO CHIEFS!!!!!!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    A former 2-time Pro Bowler, I’ll take it. Anything that will help them mature. I get the feeling that Stephenson could be in a new role in 2014. Anything that can help him cut down the adjustment time will be a bonus.

    • berttheclock

      Have you seen the web site for O-line Performance? There is an interesting breakdown by Bob Davies about zone blocking and it shows Dwight Stephenson blocking a Chiefs d-lineman. But, great place to work out in Scottsdale, AZ.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        No, I haven’t. Got a link for me?

        • berttheclock

          olineperformance.com/home.aspx

          The zone blocking discussion is under the blog category.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Thank you, sir.

  • WTF, Dave!?!?

    If Fisher doesn’t have a good year I’m going to be wondering why he wasn’t training with them.

  • tm1946

    To me, Fisher has turned into a ok OL, disappointing because of draft position but heck we have been thru that more times than most NFL teams. On the other hand, Stephenson may be the diamond in the rough of this current version of the Chiefs. Good to see, there are some players getting better with seniority.
    Wonder if there is a specialty coach from draftees, last draft could use the help as a group.

  • Brian Dempsey

    Jeff Allen certainly needs this, although he did show improvement towards the seasons end.

  • micah stephenson

    Fisher and Hudson should join them. Matter fact the whole oline should train with Bently.

  • KCMikeG

    I wish Bowe would go back to the camp Fitz runs. He had his best year ever after spending time there.