Chiefs Starter Could Be Under Close Watch After Ex-NFL Official’s Criticism

A controversy regarding starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor got lost in the midst of Kadarius Toney's problems 

and the Kansas City Chiefs' lackluster second-half performance against the Detroit Lions. 

Throughout the game, many on social media claimed that Taylor was starting his pass protection sets too early, but the officials kept the "false start" flags in their wallets. 

Despite facing rising star pass rusher Aiden Hutchinson, Taylor had a strong pass protection effort, according to Pro Football Focus, 

with a 68.7 grade and only two pressures allowed on Patrick Mahomes II. But don't expect Taylor to get away with his plan in the future. 

Following the game, ex-NFL official turned CBS Sports rules commentator Gene Steratore slammed the officiating from the regular season opener,  

calling Taylor's timing "egregiously off." "If one of those happens, you call it right away," he stated. "Usually, there's a warning,  

a conversation with the huddle, a coach." But [Taylor] was way wrong... He became even more off after he realized he could get away with it. 

"Steratore's public criticism may not affect Week 1, but it will undoubtedly put Taylor under the microscope in Week 2 and beyond. 

If he lines up wrong or leaves the line of scrimmage too early, a new officiating crew may take a different stance, potentially leading to Chiefs penalties on offense. 

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