Originally posted by 49AllTheTime:
it might be myopic or just coincidence maybe even bad luck that OL and Dropsies follow AS ?
Hard to say.
In both 2011 and 2013 instances, you are dealing with an OL learning together as they go. KC went from more zone blocking in 2012 to more man in 2013. Jeff Allen is either just lacking in talent, or not adjusting well. Hudson (the C) is inexperienced and coming off a broken leg. Fisher is a small school rookie, and lacks power.. plus was injured early on. Branden Albert generally gives up the edge too quickly on 3-4 plays per game. Sometimes, these fails are critical.. sometimes not. The penalties are more likely from both inexperience and trouble adjusting to the new scheme.
The drops? Well, no one would boast this group as very good in the first place. Passes dropped are hitting the receivers in their hands, and not difficult, poorly placed ones. They are from a lack of focus or poor separation leading to a defender breaking the connection up. We can call some of this bad luck and coincidence. These are often problems of a prior losing team learning slowly to be better.
The encouraging thing is... with all of these many issues.. this team finds ways to win when it counts. I expected things to improve more quickly.. so maybe the position coaches are a problem. Andy Heck is their OL coach, and came over from Jacksonville.. who also sported an underwhelming OL in pass pro.
There are a lot of things that need to come together for KC. Most fair minds paying close attention recognize the OL as the largest issue.