How bad is Jeff Allen?


First off, this entire column is under the assumption that since Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Jeff Allen is dressing, he is fine to play.

Allen has been active in each of the last two games and is yet to register a snap. Against the Green Bay Packers, Allen sat in favor of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and on Sunday, Allen was benched while Zach Fulton was given the nod. In case you were one of the lucky ones and missed the proceedings in Cincinnati, Fulton looked like a blind man without legs.

Yet, somehow, Allen is still on the bench. Head coach Andy Reid clearly believes that Allen is not better than either Duvernay-Tardif or Fulton, which also implies that Allen is not an NFL-caliber player. After watching the first two, how Allen is not starting mystifies me. Allen was never a great player by any stretch in his firs three seasons, but he was better than the disaster there now.

If Allen is dressing, he should be starting at right guard. There is not a doubt in my mind. How Reid can continue to trot out a guy who gets beat a dozen times every game is beyond me. On Sunday, Fulton could not pick up a blitzer, a stunt or a twist. He literally blocked air on a few of the sacks.

This reminds me so much of last season, when the Chiefs continually put Ryan Harris at right tackle despite having Donald Stephenson wasting away on the bench. What the hell is going on with this team? Reid constantly babbles on about starting the best five. If Duvernay-Tardif or Fulton is one of the best five, general manager John Dorsey should be fired immediately.

Either Reid is stubborn as all get out and Allen is getting shafted, or Allen is the worst player in NFL history.