Orlando Brown to improve
It’s no secret that the Chiefs’ offensive line has not played up to their billing in the first three games of the ’22 season. Much of that disappointment has come on the outside, especially at left tackle where Orlando Brown mans the position.
Brown came into training camp after a bit of a holdout in frustration that the Chiefs did not agree with his assessment of his own market rate. Instead of offering him a market-changing extension, the Chiefs held fast and forced Brown to either accept their terms on a contract extension—which, it should be said, was still generous—or play out the season on the franchise tag.
Brown made the decision to bet on himself, but three games in a new season, the results have shown that he might have made the wrong call. However, that’s also not fair because Brown has been nursing a knee injury early in the year. He’s been listed on the Chiefs’ injury report for the last couple of weeks and was even limited in practice in Week 2 because of it. Now, however, Brown is healthy and not even included on the injury report, which implies that he’s better.
If Brown’s knee is better, we’d love to see on-field improvements for the Chiefs. A healthy and motivated Brown should be a real asset for Kansas City on offense. So far that hasn’t been the case, but Brown deserves a chance to silence his detractors given his health history.