With the preseason still very much in motion for another week as teams face a third and final exhibition game to go with more practices in the hopes of finding the best 53 players for the looming 2021 regular season, the Chiefs offensive line still has some important reps to go through—opportunities to take to coaching, learn in the film room, and develop alongside each other. Thuney says it’s important work for the road ahead.
Thuney should know a thing or two about a great offensive line. As part of the New England Patriots line charged with protecting the most decorated quarterback in NFL history—Tom Brady—Thuney won multiple Super Bowls and came into K.C. this offseason as the big acquisition.
Joe Thuney spoke about the state of the Chiefs’ young offensive line.
Thuney was the Chiefs big free agent splash this spring, one worth up to $80 million over the next five seasons. His drive for greatness and dedication to hard work are exactly why general manager Brett Veach chased him like he did.
Thuney is now rubbing off on the team’s incredibly young offensive front by helping them come together with those same values. Together with young tackle Orlando Brown Jr. on the left side, the Chiefs are looking at a serious youth movement along the rest of the offensive line—from center Creed Humphrey to right guard Trey Smith to right tackle Lucas Niang.
When speaking to reporters on Monday, Thuney detailed the ways in which the unit is coming together in the spring and summer.
“Any time you get a bunch of reps together, it helps with communication, kind of playing together and knowing what the other guys are seeing. It helps having those reps together, all five of us together,” he said. “With more repetitions, you can understand how the guy next to you is seeing it, is seeing the game.”
Thuney then tempered that by adding that there’s a long road ahead and commenting on the youth of the line.
“There are some great players out there, but there’s always room to improve,” said Thuney. “It’s early still. It’s still in the preseason, but we just want to keep working together and keep grinding.
“The young guys have done a great job getting in the playbook and working together. But like I said, no one is satisfied. Everyone wants to keep getting better and keep working to improve.”