Unhonorable Mentions: New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals
- The Jets have two solid linemen, D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold, but they have holes at every other position. Brian Winters, Willie Colon, and Breno Giacomini are the only other linemen with experience. Without much talent or depth, the offensive line will remain a weakness for the Jets.
- The Cardinals have earned a reputation for allowing a lot of sacks. They added Jared Veldheer in free agency, who is good, but there are holes at just about every other spot. Bobbie Massie will likely start opposite of Veldheer, and he played okay last year, and is likely the next best lineman on the team. Inside the Cardinals have 2013 first-round pick Jonathan Cooper, who missed all of last year with an injury. Reports, though, have said that Arians is disappointed in Cooper's progress. At center the Cardinals have Lyle Sendlein, who is average, and just good enough to keep his job. Opposite of Cooper is Paul Fanaika, but he may struggle to hold off 2013 fourth-round pick Earl Watford. Watford may also play left guard if Cooper struggles to shake off the rust.
5.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Before losing Carl Nicks, the Buccaneers had a decent offensive line, certainly a top-16 line. Without him, the line is in the bottom half of the league, and bottom five if they can not find anyone to replace him. Happening so late, they could not draft or sign a quality guard. The Buccaneers, though, had a hole as guard to start with, now they have two. With veterson Oniel Cousins, Jamon Meredith, Patrick Omameh, and fifth-round pick Kadeem Edwards being the only guards on the team, it is far from filled. The only reason that the Buccaneers are not lower on this list is that they have solid starters at the other positions.
4.) Chicago Bears
- The Bears, a lot like the Cardinals, have earned a reputation for having a bad offensive line. They did improve a lot over the past few years, with Matt Slauson, Brian De La Puente, and Kyle Long solidfying the inside. The Bears' problem, though, is outside, which is the most important part when it comes to pass protection. Edge rushers are usually the biggest threats on passing downs, and if you do not have tackles outside to contain them, you are in trouble. Jermon Bushrod is okay, but at left tackle, he has to protect Jay Cutler's backside against each team's primary edge rushing threat. Jordan Mills will likely start opposite of Bushrod, and he will struggle holding his own against each team's secondary edge rushing threat.
3.) Carolina Panthers
- The Panthers have one of the league's better centers, Ryan Kalil, and their guards, Amini Silatolu and Garry Williams, are decent, but they have below average tackles. Byron Bell and Nate Chandler will be tasked with taking on the opponents' each rushers, and they will certainly struggle.
2.) Jacksonville Jaguars
- The Jaguars' have some promise in Luke Joeckel, a 2013 first-round pick, and Brandin Linder, this year's third-round pick, but outside of them, the Jaguars lack talent. Zane Beadles is average at best, while Mike Brewster is below average. Outside, opposite of Joeckel, the Jaguars have Austin Pasztor and Cameron Bradfield, two below average starters that they can not trust to consistently hold up in pass protection.
1.) Kansas City Chiefs
- Eric Fisher was disappointing last year, and while he should step it up this year, the rest of the Chiefs' offensive line is weak. Rodney Hudson, their center, is their lone quality starter. Donald Stephenson is set to start opposite of Fisher, with J'Marcus Webb being his only competition.. Jeff Allen and Jeff Linkenbach will likely start at left and right guard, respectively, and both players are below average starters.
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