Shannon Sharpe Praises the Chiefs Offseason Moves to Strengthen Offensive Line

Published 03/30/2021, 1:28 PM EDT
Feb 7, 2020; Tampa, FL, USA; NFL line judge Sarah Thomas (53) motions for Kansas City Chiefs players to move back during the second quarter of Super Bowl LV against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


The Patrick Mahomes-led Kansas City Chiefs endured a torrid climax to their 2020 NFL campaign. They won the AFC West with a comprehensive 14-2 record under the guidance of Head Coach Andy Reid.

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They registered convincing playoff wins over the Cleveland Browns and the Buffalo Bills to set up a blockbuster clash against Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl LV finale.

Feb 7, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Ndamukong Suh (93) reacts after a play against Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) during the third quarter in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

However, they suffered a humbling 9-31 loss to the Buccaneers which crushed their dreams of retaining the Lombardi Trophy.

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The Chiefs’ offense was completely outclassed by the Todd Bowles-coached Tampa Bay defense featuring the likes of Lavonte David, Shaquil Barrett, Ndamukong Suh, and Devin White.

Kansas City players vowed to come back with a vengeance this year. From the looks of their offseason dealings, it seems that things are going exactly as per plan.

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On the latest segment of FOX Sports’ Undisputed, co-host Shannon Sharpe heaped praise on Kansas City Chiefs GM Brian Veach and his recruiting work this summer. Their top signing this summer is former New England Patriots guard Joe Thuney to a 5-year, $80 million deal.

Sharpe was happy to see the Chiefs strengthen their O-line as he said, “If you look at what Kansas City were able to do.

“Obviously, their offensive line, especially in the Super Bowl, was a source of contention it was a weakness for them and they addressed that issue. They signed Joe Thuney…Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff he comes back.

“I think it was yesterday, maybe it was Sunday they signed Jarran Reed who had a nice career in Seattle, one year had 10 sacks another year at 8 sacks. Pair him on the interior with Chris Jones now.

“I still think maybe a maybe a linebacker, maybe a corner but I like what they’ve done I think they’ve addressed it….it still comes down to injuries if you get it.

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“If you can stay relatively healthy you have an excellent chance but I just liked what Kansas City was able to do addressing serious serious needs,” Sharpe said on the show.

Apart from Thuney, the Chiefs also convinced Kyle Long to come out of retirement and sign a short-term deal with the Super Bowl LIV winners.

The former 1st-round pick played 7 seasons for the Chicago Bears and will be a crucial figure for coach Reid, on and off the field.

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