Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid constantly preaches that he is going to play his five best offensive linemen. It sounds like a very solid strategy, and in most cases, is just that. On Friday, Reid had a conference call and spoke to the media about the state of the team heading into Week 1.
One of the tweets coming out of that presser caught my eye:
This is somewhat surprising, even with Jeff Allen being questionable for the regular-season opener against the Houston Texans on Sept. 13. If Allen can not play, it appears LDT will be getting the start. After watching the two times LDT played with the starters in the preseason, this is stunning.
Zach Fulton is a not a world-beater, but he is also a second-year guy who started all 16 games for the Chiefs last year. LDT is in his third year and has never seen an ounce of important playing time. Reid knows more about football than I could ever imagine to comprehend, but this seems odd.
If all goes well (sans Allen), Kansas City will be rolling out a line of Eric Fisher, Ben Grubbs, Mitch Morse, LDT and Donald Stephenson. This is a solid line in my estimation, assuming Fisher can take the next step. However, I have a deep-seeded feeling that LDT is basically the younger version of Mike McGlynn. There were multiple plays in the preseason where LDT did not even touch his guy. Those are the types of things that can lose you a game.
If Allen is healthy, it will be interesting to see if he starts over LDT. Certainly something to watch.