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06-02-2012, 02:37 PM
Chiefs OTAs: Rodney Hudson Impressing Kansas City Coaches As New Starting Center

Jun 02 11:55a by Matt Conner (http://kansascity.sbnation.com/authors/matt-conner)
The Kansas City Chiefs have installed an interesting system along the offensive line in the last few years since Scott Pioli took over as general manager. In their hopes of not only bolstering the offensive line but replacing aging veterans with capable younger options, the team has put in an unofficial apprenticeship, of sorts, to help college players adjust to the NFL level.
Rodney Hudson was the second round choice of the Chiefs in the 2011 NFL Draft, and he sat for a year behind longtime starter and NFL iron man Casey Wiegmann. Now that Wiegmann is a likely candidate to retire, or at least not to return to KC in a starting role, Hudson will be taking over.
He saw some level in 16 games and enhanced his versatility, but he also had the chance to take in Wiegmann’s game for an entire NFL season before taking over. Now he’s ready to man the middle for the Chiefs offensive front. From the sound of things, it looks like the approach worked well.
"One of the things that we wanted to see is what kind of command that he would take of the offensive line," Crennel told reporters in Kansas City on Friday (http://espn.go.com/blog/afcwest/post/_/id/44565/center-is-a-snap-so-far-for-rodney-hudson). "It looks like he’s doing a nice job of it because he’s been asked to (identify) the (middle linebacker) and re-ID on front. He seems to be handling that pretty well. I think that group is working well together. I think that they’re developing that chemistry that you want on your offensive line. So, he’s doing well."
Crennel complimented Hudson quite a bit in interviews and it’s likely that Chiefs fans are going to like their new center for quite some time given the praise coming from Crennel.
"He’s a smart kid, and he’s a competitive kid," Crennel said (http://www.kansascity.com/2012/06/01/3637831/chiefs-notebook-team-may-see-a.html#storylink=cpy). "They worked with him a little bit at center (at Florida State). We just felt like he had the tangibles and the intangibles to do it. He’s got to be tough, he’s got to be smart. In looking at him, we felt he had the center’s body type. Sometimes you’ll say, ‘We’ll try this guy.’ Last year we were able to work him at center a little bit and guard a little bit, and we felt like he could be a center so he’s going to do it full time now."
The team just drafted Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson in the second and third rounds this year, so it’s possible that Allen is on the same track behind Ryan Lilja. Stephenson is a swing tackle behind Branden Albert and Eric Winston at left and right tackle respectively. It will be interesting to see whether the Chiefs use those players for depth or whether there’s a replacement plan in the works at other positions.

06-02-2012, 02:41 PM
i specificaly like the terms "taking command", "doing nice job" and "developing chemistry".........allright i am getting way to excited about way to little but we gotta grab onto what we got until there is real stuff out there.

slc chief
06-02-2012, 05:30 PM
this offensive line is going to be awesome this year but in three years they will be great

06-02-2012, 06:40 PM
this offensive line is going to be awesome this year but in three years they will be great

Hopefully we can lock up B. Albert long term during the season.

06-02-2012, 07:51 PM
Any chance Allen beats out Lilja? From what I rememebr, Lilja has been less than steller last year

06-02-2012, 10:19 PM
Any chance Allen beats out Lilja? From what I rememebr, Lilja has been less than steller last year
He's pretty good at pass blocking, but he's not very good as a run blocker. They'll probably start Lilja, seeing as Wiegman got the nod over Hudson initially.

06-03-2012, 10:13 PM
i think allen is the eventual replacement for lilja although it may not happen till next season. hopefully he will do well this year when he gets a few chances to show he can handle it. also lilja himself expressed disapointment in his play last season and has vowed to play better this year.