The Kansas City Chiefs destroyed the Pittsburgh Steelers, 42-21, in the wildcard round of the 2022 NFL Playoffs.
The offense seemed to click on all cylinders, and the Chiefs offensive line protected Pat Mahomes against a Steelers defense that came into the playoffs with an NFL regular season high 55 sacks recorded.
After the Chiefs lost SB LV to the Bucs last February, they made an obvious and distinct plan to rebuild an offensive line that struggled mightily to keep Mahomes upright against a vaunted Bucs pass rush.
So when Thomas Mott and Nick Kayal (filling in for Dukes and Bell), were joined by Yahoo Sports NFL writer Eric Edholm, Nick was quick to ask Eric, “why can't the Falcons do the same?”
“They did kind of strike gold in a lot of different ways” explained Edholm when looking back on the Chiefs offseason moves, particularly on the O-line.
Edholm followed up that statement with the advice, “The Chiefs are kind of the blue print, for how you attack a position in the off season.”
But when looking back at what the Falcons have done in recent years in the NFL Draft, Eric was honest when he pointed out, “For the amount of draft capital they have spent at the position, you would expect a little more continuity, a little more strength, and a little more stability.”
The Falcons offense line includes three former 1st-Round picks in Jake Mathews, Kaleb McGary, and Chris Lindstrom, but still they are consistently ranked as one of the weakest O-line units in the NFL by most analytics websites.
So will the Falcons be able to strike gold this offseason just as the Chiefs did last year?
Falcons GM Terry Fontenot, and HC Arthur Smith will have both the NFL Draft, and free agency to work as much magic as they can.
Let’s just hope they have been taking some notes!