There are many things to love about Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. One of the reasons is when he steps to the microphone, no punches will be pulled. On Wednesday afternoon, Charles was specifically asked about his offensive lines of both 2014 and 2015, and Charles did not skirt the questions.
When he is talking about experience, clearly Ben Grubbs is the subject. The rest of the line actually got younger in some spots with Jeff Allen coming back to replace Ryan Harris at right tackle and rookie Mitch Morse taking the place of center Rodney Hudson. However, Eric Fisher is now entering his third season (second at left tackle) while Zach Fulton is coming into his second campaign at right guard.
General manager made addressing the offensive line his top priority in the offseason. Dorsey was able to trade a fifth-round pick to the cap-strapped New Orleans Saints for Grubbs, before drafting Morse in the second round. Dorsey also signed guard Paul Fanaika to a three-year deal at a low cost, giving Kansas City some depth.
Unquestionably, Grubbs is a massive upgrade over Mike McGlynn. McGlynn was ranked as the worst guard in football last year by Pro Football Focus, while Grubbs, 30, is a two-time Pro Bowl guard. Charles should be finding ample running room behind his new teammate, who was signed to a four-year extension this offseason.
That is high praise from Charles, considering that Brian Waters was a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro. If Grubbs can play even close to the level of Waters – which he has done in the past – the Chiefs are going to be much tougher in the trenches.
One thing to watch with Grubbs is his tremendous athleticism. I watched ample tape this offseason on Grubbs with New Orleans last year, and he thrives in space. Look for Reid to call for a litany of screens to the left and tosses/sweeps to the right, allowing Grubbs to pull out and wreck some fool.