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Pre-Camp Reads: The Chiefs' "Secret Superstar" Mitch Morse

Posted Jul 11, 2017

The third-year center had an exciting offseason

Mitch Morse has anchored the middle of the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line since the day he first stepped onto an NFL field.

The 2015 second-round draft pick was recently named the “secret superstar” by Pro Football Focus.

The offseason was also memorable for Morse, but this time it’s nothing to do with football.

In March, Morse proposed to his Mizzou sweetheart in San Francisco on the Lyon Street Steps.

“My heads on straight, had a great offseason and I’m ready to get the season going,” Morse said.

Quotable:

Recently, Morse explains how a successful offensive line comes down to chemistry.

 “You can never perfect continuity, so we’re always focused on being perfect. We might have the grand scheme of how to work with one another; now we’re working on tiny nuances of how to complement each other’s play and really focusing on how our technique can better help protect the quarterback, get the run game going and scoring touchdowns.”

Season Review:

According to Pro Football Focus , Morse had a pass block efficiency of 98.4 last season, which ranked seventh-best among centers.

He didn’t allow a sack all season and surrendered a total of 14 pressures in more than 1,000 snaps including the playoffs.

The third-year center has only missed a single game over his first two seasons in the league.

When asked about his performance from last year, Morse didn’t take it easy on himself despite not allowing a sack all year.

“There are games and plays that were exceptional, and then on the same drive you’ll wonder if I’ve ever played football before,” Morse explained. “So, right now, coach told me it’s just about consistency and focusing on being more vocal.”

2017 Outlook:

It’s rare for any team to continue to start the same five players along the line year after year, but the Chiefs are set-up to do just that with all five starters returning.

This allows the line to keep focusing on its continuity to provide the team what it needs to move forward.

“Part of being an offensive lineman is continuity, and the only way we can do that is if we play together. We’re just looking to build on that, look forward and compete for the championship this year,” Morse added.

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