It’s not often we get much good information from the NFL owners meetings. Usually we have to chew on typical cliches about working to get better for next season, but Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid addressed a major question: Who will take over for Branden Albert at left tackle?
The Chiefs aren’t long on options, with either Eric Fisher or Donald Stephenson the candidates to protect QB Alex Smith’s blindside. And it appears Kansas City is ready to give that responsibility to last year’s No. 1 overall pick.
In his rookie campaign, Fisher played exclusively on the right side after handling the left side at Central Michigan. The switch clearly bothered him, as he struggled mightily early and often. Fisher showed resolve and bounced back to show huge improvement as the season rolled along.
Stephenson filled in on both sides and it was his impressive showing filling in for Albert that made this a discussion at all. Sure, Fisher was the higher pick, but might the Chiefs consider letting Stephenson earn the bigger job?
For now, Reid is read to open camp with Fisher as his left tackle. Assuming he can get back to the comfort level he had while in college and build on his rookie season, the Chiefs should be set on the left side for the foreseeable future.