Solari was the Kansas City Chief's line coach from 1997-2005. His offensive lines enjoyed absolutely remarkable health. In 1997, KC's starting offensive line started 79 of 80 contests. The one missed start was not because injury, but a last shot of redemption in week one for first round bust Trazelle Jenkins. In 2002, 2003, Solari's linemen didn't miss a single start. That near-invincible standard existed throughout Solari's time as offensive line coach in Kansas City. In 9 years, Solari's 1st string made 684 starts in 720 games. That's 95% of games started by the team's best linemen. If we isolate the time from 2001 to 2005, the period I have access to injury data, only 3.25% of all starts have been lost due to injury. If we discount Willie Roaf, who ended his career in 2005 with a nasty hamstring pull, something I think we can be semi-sure is not Solari's fault, that numbers dips further: 1.75%. In 5 years, Kansas City lost 1.75% of all starts because of injury. Wow.
So, ignore the blowhard at the keyboard. You just keep telling those linemen to run downfield, Mike Solari. In the debate between coaching and innate talent, Mike Solari makes an awful impressive argument for coaching.
I am very excited about this coach returning to Our Beloved Team, and of course the obvious 'McKittrick' connection.