The Chiefs’ reality moving forward

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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

Perhaps even more importantly than fixing the quarterback position, this must be a priority. The Chiefs have now endured a brutally bad offensive line for the second straight season. Dorsey tried to fix this group by trading a fifth-round pick for Ben Grubbs and using a second-round selection on Mitch Morse. Unfortunately, it has not done the trick.

Grubbs has been decent if not a tad underwhelming, while Morse has actually been solid. Shockingly, Eric Fisher has even been good over at right tackle for the most part. The problem? Right guard is an express lane into the backfield and Donald Stephenson might be the worst left tackle in the game.

On Sunday, Stephenson forced a key fumble out of the hands of Charcadrick West, mostly because he was beaten off the snap. Stephenson appeared to have quit about midway through the first quarter, and he never changed his mind. It was a disgraceful performance that at best, should cost him the starting job, and at worst, have him released.

Going into next season, Stephenson and Jeff Allen are free agents. Both should be told to walk, and Dorsey should do everything humanly possible to acquire a top-notch left tackle and a competent right guard. The line would not become incredible, but it would certainly be solid. Look for three of the same starters to return, with two holes left to be filled.

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