The Kansas City Chiefs hope to become the first team since the 2004 and 2005 New England Patriots to win back-to-back Super Bowls. They will have their hands full when they face off against the San Francisco 49ers.
Despite allowing the 2nd-fewest sacks, Kansas City’s offensive line has been underwhelming. They rank 2nd in hurries, 3rd in quarterback hits, 4th in pressures, 9th in pressure percentage, and are ranked 14th according to Pro Football Network.
Unfortunately, Kansas City’s Pro Bowl left guard has been ruled out.
The Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl guard suffered a pectoral injury in the Divisional Round.
Joe Thuney suffered a significant pectoral injury in their Divisional Round victory over the Buffalo Bills. Thuney missed the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens and has been ruled out.
Kansas City must rely on Nick Allegretti, a fifth-year backup guard.
Here’s a quick review of Allegretti’s NFL career.
Allegretti has been with Kansas City since 2019.
Kansas City drafted Nick Allegretti in the 7th round, 216th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Allegretti appeared in seven games during his rookie season but did not start.
Allegretti appeared in 16 games and started nine during his second season. He represented 694 snaps, had four penalties, allowed one sack, and had a 66.2 PFF Grade. He also started in every playoff game, representing 205 offensive snaps, had zero penalties, allowed zero sacks, and had a 63.4 PFF Grade.
Allegretti appeared in 17 games and didn’t start in his third season.
Allegretti appeared in 17 games and started three during his fourth season. He represented 286 offensive snaps, had one penalty, allowed zero sacks, and had a 52.4 PFF Grade.
Kansas City signed him to a 1-year, $2.582 million fully guaranteed extension during the 2023 offseason.
Allegretti’s fifth season.
Allegretti appeared in 17 games and started once during the regular season. He represented 80 offensive snaps, had zero penalties, allowed zero sacks, and had a 68.7 PFF Grade.
He appeared in two playoff games, filling in for Thuney against Buffalo and starting against Baltimore. He allowed four pressures and one sack against Justin Madubuike.
In their two playoff games, he represented 94 offensive snaps, had zero penalties, allowed one sack, and had a 59.1 PFF Grade in the playoffs.
Andy Reid is confident in the young lineman.
Andy Reid expressed confidence in the backup lineman.
“Allegretti is a guy that has started for us a number of games, and all the guys look at him like he’s a starter. so everybody’s got confidence that he can come in and do a nice job. Tough kid. Not everything is the prettiest thing that you’ve seen, but he’s going to fight you right to the end. And he’s smart, so, good combination.”
Will Allegretti have a big game?
Kansas City needs Nick Allegretti to have a big game against San Francisco’s elite defensive front.
If he plays well, he could land a big contract with a team that needs offensive line help during the offseason.
If he doesn’t play well, he will be missing out on a big contract.