Lilja is much better suited at Center than at the Guard position. Lilja was really struggling at Guard.
It's unfortunate that Hudson's injury ( and he could be out for a while ) has caused an inadvertent upgrade to the O-Line ( specifically Allen upgrading the LG position ), but that probably is what has transpired.
Allen should be allowed to keep the LG job, even if & when Hudson comes back healthy. Allen is younger, stronger, and 25 lbs. heavier than Lilja, and it was inevitable that Allen was going to take over the LG position at some point in time. No point in delaying the inevitable.
I don't like seeing Hillis out. But I think the extra work for JC could be a very good thing for the coming games.
Keep in mind that Lilja was playing hurt yesterday. I think he went into the game as questionable with a sore back.
The OL isn't a bad offensive line. No offensive line in football will look good blocking for Cassel and his 7 second drops. Competent QBs are throwing the ball at the 3 second mark, Cassel feel compelled to stare at his receiver for atleast 4 more seconds before throwing the ball high so the guy has to stretch out and get some broken ribs.
Yesterday Cassel managed to injur McCluster and Hillis and I thought for sure he was going to kill Bowe. The Chiefs cannot be a consistently competitive football team with him playing.
At what point does Bowe start thinking, "enough is enough" and quit trying in order to preserve himself?
Or has it already happened, thus his failure to come to terms on a contract?
1. Cassel needs to improve his passing game. He cannot expect his offensive line to pass block four or more seconds. Although I do not blame him for injuries to receivers he can reduce the chance thereof by making his passes more accurate. Cassel's vision down field is also lacking at times IMO. I do believe he is doing his best, the question is: Is his best good enough at this point?
2. The Offensive line needs to give Cassel at least three seconds and a pocket to step into. Lilja got owned at the line a few times. They did do a nice job springing Charles for big runs.
3. Receivers need to get open.
4. Succop did his job and earned his pay!
All just my two cents.