Hall of Fame Will Shields on Chiefs 2021 O-Line review
The Kansas City Chiefs’ biggest offseason scenario was the complete and utter overhaul of their offensive line. After an injury-plagued 2020 season down the line, the Chiefs have added two Pro Bowlers and a handful of top young players in hopes of building a line that looks more like the Chiefs’ unit from the early years. 2000 until the end of 2020.
Who better to discuss the Chiefs’ new line than Will Shields, 12-time Pro Bowler, twice All-Pro and Pro Football Hall of Famer? I had the opportunity to speak to Shields about his playing days and what the Chiefs can accomplish with a new front-five in 2021.
Shields said he enjoys the Chiefs’ job during the offseason, finding replacements for starting tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz and strengthening the interior, adding Pro Bowlers like Orlando Brown Jr. and Joe Thuney and bringing Laurent back. Duvernay-Tardif after a season away from the game. Now, says Shields, they’ve added starting caliber pieces as well as depth down the line.
“I think they did a good job,” Shields said. “I mean, it’s one of those things where you say, ‘Well, what’s the matter? What are they trying to build? ‘ And then they come back and say, ‘Well we’re going to add a guy that’s a Pro Bowl talent where a guy has been a Pro Bowl talent or an All-Pro talent. ‘”
Shields said he is optimistic about the new line’s end result as they hope to accentuate the talent the offense already claims, especially with Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill.
“Can they mesh together? Can they pull it together? I think, because of the talent around them, that you can’t help But to get better, “Shields said.” I think that’s what’s going to be the cohesion that they’re going to have to build right now during the offseason to get them where they want to go. ”
Shields continued to discuss the developing chemistry of the new line in relation to another element of the game with which he has particular expertise: to stay healthy.
Shields has spent his entire career at Kansas City, playing in all 16 games every year from his first season in 1993 until his final year in 2006. Shields’ quality of play coupled with his unmatched consistency is what ultimately won him the prize. a gold jacket and a bust in Canton, Ohio.
While he still has a long way to go before he reaches Shields’ level, new Chiefs guard Joe Thuney has yet to miss a game in his five-year career. I asked Shields about a player’s ability to stay healthy for years to come and if that’s a tangible trait to keep in mind when teams acquire players.
“I think so,” Shields said. “I mean, because the simple fact is the more you play the better you get. The more consistent you are, the more you know what to do to try and stay healthy. And that’s what’s cool about it. he, it’s “have you seen how many games he’s played in a row?” that means he knows how to take care of his body. he knows when to turn it off when he needs it, and he knows what he needs to be productive, but also to be available every week. And that’s one of those things that is very difficult to do, to be available week after week. ”
Shields joined us on behalf of the Ford is proud to honor the Hall of Heroes, a program created by Ford Motor Company and the Pro Football Hall of Fame to recognize members of the military. Shields broke the news to US Army Captain Kevin Bubolz of Minneapolis and Ford will donate $ 10,000 to the Pat Tillman Foundation in honor of Bubolz. For more information on the Ford is proud to honor the Hall of Heroes, go to FordProudToHonor.com and watch the video below.