Well the Super Bowl was disappointing, but that became my fear once I saw one of the early presentation sponsorships was for non-alcoholic beer. Here are some takeaways anyway:
- If you want some lessons for the Bengals, I would say it’s that with a great quarterback you can make the Super Bowl even with an average offensive line. Of course, that is not ideal, but it is informative since the Bengals have a potentially great quarterback and probably aren’t going to have a great offensive line in the near future. They can improve it significantly in a year (see the Browns), but I wouldn’t hold my breath, so Joe Burrow is still going to have to run for his life at times. (And if Burrow sticks around for as long as a guy like Tom Brady, he will inevitably have years the offensive line leaves something to be desired.)
- For the season, the Chiefs offensive line is better than it looked Sunday night when left tackle Eric Fisher was out, but that’s another fact of life in the NFL: Building depth is very difficult, especially up front with the dearth of good offensive linemen, so you better be prepared to go into any game having to duct tape it together and hope for the best.
- Probably the biggest positive of the Zac Taylor era so far is the staff has actually done a decent job of that, especially when they aren’t facing elite fronts for which there is pretty much no answer other than matching talent for talent. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Tampa Bay has an elite front.