Alex Smith is a baked potato

Jan 1, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to pass during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 1, 2017; San Diego, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to pass during the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /
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KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 25: Offensive linemen Laurent Duvernay-Tardif
KANSAS CITY, MO – OCTOBER 25: Offensive linemen Laurent Duvernay-Tardif /

Ingredient #2: Improved Offensive Line Play

As with any rushing attack, the Chiefs are going to have to rely on the big guys up front to get things going. The Chiefs may not have an elite offensive line but they will have a familiar one this season. The Chiefs are returning their top seven offensive linemen from last season. This means that all their key players will not only already know the playbook and the blocking schemes but they’ll be familiar with each other as well. An offensive line’s ability to communicate and anticipate each others’ moves can be highly beneficial on game day. Several of the Chiefs lineman are still young and developing as well.

The Chiefs were high on rookie Parker Ehinger last season, enough so that he earned the starting job out of camp. Unfortunately he was lost to injury during the season and Zach Fulton was forced into the starting role. Hopefully Ehinger returns fully healthy and can improve on the work he did early last season. If Ehinger can secure the left guard position, it has the potential to be the most improved spot on the line. Eric Fisher, Mitch Morse, and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif all have the potential to improve some as well. Mitchell Schwartz is already in the prime of his career and probably just needs to maintain his play at this point.

The offensive line was not bad last season, they just weren’t all that good either. If the Chiefs still had a dynamic Hall of Fame caliber playmaker like Jamaal Charles (in his prime), they could get away with being mediocre up front. With Ware and Hunt, they are going to need to be a little better than that. I trust that Ware and Hunt can get the job done running the football if the line can just consistently open up running lanes for them.

If the offensive line play is improved, that will be another huge step forward in getting the run game back where it needs to be.

Now on to the third ingredient.