Branden Albert Deletes Twitter Account In Wake Of Winston Cut

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The Kansas City Chiefs certainly have their fans on a roller coaster ride this offseason.

First the team traded away a coupe of high draft picks to the 49ers for QB Alex Smith, a move that appears to be looked upon unfavorably by at lease half of fans.

Next, the team defied expectations when it signed Dwayne Bowe and Dustin Colquitt and placed the franchise tag on LT Branden Albert. To most, the tag being placed on Albert indicated that the Chiefs planned to keep Albert on the left side.

Then, last night, the Chiefs pulled the rug out from under their fans by cutting Eric Winston.

Winston’s departure, perhaps unfairly, led most of the fans and media to begin immediately speculating that the Chiefs were planning to draft Texas A&M LT Luke Joeckel and move Albert to the right side.

Albert was on Twitter when the news of Winston’s release broke:

What????
— Branden Albert (@Balbert76) March 7, 2013

Goodnight on that note
— Branden Albert (@Balbert76) March 7, 2013
Then he added:

I have a lot respect for this @ericwinston …. One of my favorites I have met on this journey…. Hope the best for you #salute
— Branden Albert (@Balbert76) March 7, 2013

“@brocandfriends: @balbert76 your strictly a LT is what your implying?” You damn right
— Branden Albert (@Balbert76) March 7, 2013

The reason the above doesn’t look like the usual tweets we embed in posts is because, well, the tweets no longer exist.

Albert deleted them. Along with his account.

I think that the cutting of Winston was a bad idea. That is my stance on the matter right now. But I am certainly going to wait and see the rest of the offseason plan before I make a final judgement on the process.

Albert would be wise to do the same. He may have deleted his account because he was sick of answering the questions from fans. He may have deleted it because he was sick of the media posting his reactions.

Whatever the reason, Chiefs fans can only hope Albert isn’t becoming so disgruntled that he refuses to play for the Chiefs.

As for Reid and Dorsey, there is no telling their plans for the RT spot. Yes they just cut Winston but drafting a Joeckel and moving Albert to the right side would mean KC is paying its RT $9 million for one season.

There are likely to be more cuts today. Stay tuned.

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  • chiefridgy

    He probably realized his mouth might get him in trouble….

    • http://www.facebook.com/jasonfseibel Jason Seibel

      Agreed.

    • dominicscarlatti

      A little late, if so…

    • njjohn

      Boo hoo. I could care less what he says. I only care how he plays and he’s a damn good RT. Strange move for a team with a less than stellar o-line releasing their best lineman.

      • chiefridgy

        Winston was not the best lineman.

        • Michael Shaw

          Nope. Our best lineman were in this order, Albert, Hudson, Asamoah, Winston, Lilja, Stephenson and Allen!

          • Steve Blank

            I agree

          • Steve Blank

            I think you are close to right on the money…profootballreference has all the runs broken down behind each position….very interesting..just find the boxscores of each game and they have it broken down in amazing detail…good stuff

      • Michael Shaw

        Less than stellar? Was i watching an alter-ego version of the Chiefs that everyone else keeps describing? I saw some great line play last year, even when Hudson and Albert went down, so I am confused about all this talk about how shitty our line supposedly was. A line can only block for so long during pass plays and the freaking QB’s we put under center last year were, and if you are a true Chiefs fan you have to agree with me on this one, utterly disgusting last year. When a QB holds the ball too long because they cannot make up their mind what they are SUPPOSED to do with it, they tend to get sacked, fumble or throw INT’s. That is NOT the lines fault, that is the QB’s fault, plain and simple!!!

        • Darkwolf1414

          Absolutely!

        • Steve Blank

          AMEN…our line is solid and will get better this year…these idiots post a bunch of BS on here…I guess he forgot about being 5th overall…AND having rookies start for a portion of the year.

      • Steve Blank

        less than stellar? dude..we were 5TH in the WHOLE LEAGUE WITHOUT A PASSING GAME AT ALL!!

    • Jack Healy

      Yes that’s probably right

  • Doug McD

    We won’t know what the big picture is until we get all of the puzzle pieces in place. We get confused because we think it is a democracy but in reality it is more like a dictatorship. No disrespect to anyone involved that is their job to make the hard decisions. The most successful leaders make decisions with their head not the heart. I have to admit this move is curious at best.

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      I agree. I want them to win and I think they best way they can do that is to replace Winston without alienating Albert.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        That won’t be as important to them if he doesn’t figure into their long-term plans though. Paying a left tackle to play on the right side is asinine, feelings aside. It’s just not a smart football decision.

        • berttheclock

          I agree about Albert not moving to RT, but, Cincy did it with Andre Smith, who was supposed to the franchise LT when he was drafted. Physical problems, over weight problems and a hold out, however, today, he was listed at 4 just behind Winston as a RT and is demanding to be paid very well.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            If memory serves, he didn’t get an LT deal. The contract number was much closer to what we gave Winston last year.

          • berttheclock

            He signed for 4 years with $21 M guaranteed and an option that after 2010, it could be extended to 6 years to a $42 M, $29.5 M guarantee. Andrew Whitworth, the LT from LSU, had started at guard in ’08 and with Smith only signing 3 days before the season started,Whitworth was switched to LT, while, Smith got into shape. However, adding injuries, this really switched Smith to RT.

          • Darkwolf1414

            Michael Oher, from the Ravens, was also switched from LT to RT. He was supposed to be a franchise LT. I don’t like the idea of moving Albert to the right side.

          • Steve Blank

            the same Andre Smith will be available come Monday…right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasonfseibel Jason Seibel

    Donald Stephenson said it best on Twitter last night. It’s a business pure and simple. Decisions are made. Eric was a casualty of the business. I don’t like the move but I don’t claim to know Reid and Dorsey’s master plan either.

    • Michael Shaw

      Well said Mr. Seibel!!

  • berttheclock

    One interesting thing gleaned from looking up the ratings of tackles and guards in checking on Winston and the other O-linemen of the Chiefs. The best are rated highly for, not only their individual strength, but, their footwork. How quickly they can move laterally. As the ratings fall, more comments appear as to their lack of strength, not being able to pass block effectively due to that lack, leverage problems and especially their poor foot movement. So, their overall size doesn’t make up for those flaws. Some have suggested drafting Warmack, who is known for his powerful run blocking, but, whose stock as dropped by some scouts due to his lack of ability to move to tackle to pass block.
    BTW, when, the Texans released Winston, they inserted the much lower paid guys who have been rated very low and are not the best at either pass or run blocking. Barry Richardson left for the Rams and his ratings fell off to 21st for the past season and many believe he will be soon gone. Remember, Richardson was a low round project pick by Pioli.
    However, the Chiefs could take,either Fisher or Lane Johnson, put him at RT as a heir in waiting for the LT position should Albert not sign a long term contract. Of course, that would be, except for Fisher, a trade down to both lower the price and pick up an extra draft pick.

    • cyberry

      Actually Barry Richardson was drafted by Peterson the same year as Albert in 2008. He was considered one of the best run blockers but Clemson didn’t pass much then so he also had issues pass blocking..Don’t be shocked if Stephenson is the new RT..he has great footwork.

      • Jim Harper

        If I were a betting man, that would be my take too.

  • e_racer

    Branden Albert may be traded to another team if he is unwilling to accept his tender offer. I think this is where all this is headed. The Chiefs can say they put forth an effort, and get draft picks in return. The eleven million dollar salary they save can be used to sign a corner or a receiver. This team is being reworked, and there will be changes. A 2 and 14 team that does not make changes is one that is in denial.

    • cyberry

      If Albert doesn’t sign his tender he can’t be traded. Just set out a year.

    • Darkwolf1414

      Conversely, a 2 – 14 team, which had 6 Pro Bowlers can’t be all bad. There were teams that had ZERO players in the Pro Bowl. Yes, there will be changes and there should be but some of them seem questionable to some of us.

  • njjohn

    I’m sure many of you remember the move “Blind Side”. Well if you/when you watched the Super Bowl, you’ll note where the “star” of the movie was playing. Hint: it wasn’t the “blind side”.
    This is the first move that I don’t agree with, or at least don’t understand.
    That said, the stand out RT from the Bengals is a FA and so is the gaurd from the Bills. Keep an eye on both of them.
    Albert made it clear he does not want to play gaurd, his position in college, so you know damn well he doesn’t want to play RT. It’s a curious move all the way around.

    • Joe Myers

      I hated that movie

      • njjohn

        The won the Super Bowl.

      • Jim Harper

        Figures

      • Michael Shaw

        Why? It was a great story of a homeless kid being given a chance to succeed in life? Wish more people could do that for some of these kids nowadays!!!

        • Joe Myers

          I hate inspirational anything . Makes me sick . IV lived my own dont need to live someone else hardships . Oh and Jim what’s that suppose to mean please clarify before I pull he race card. Hahahahaha . Now that’s funny . Oh im reaching for it right now . Jk but am i

  • http://twitter.com/johnwizzle12 john woodley

    I see it more as we are likely to take LT in 1st and play them at RT for a year while they get used to the bigger faster nfl.then part ways with albert next season ; but we shall see

  • ArrowFan

    At this point all I can do is just enjoy the ride and not get caught up in any one particular move that is made. The last week has taught me that. I will grade things when rookie camp starts.

  • Joe Myers

    most rollercoasters go up and down not just down . Remember chiefs fans when they say business decision we are their business . With out us their is no chiefs . I feel like the new regime is out of touch with the fan base a little bit and i feel like they may take us tok lightly or take advantage of the history of our organization . The history of our team is ingrained with our fans like no other i mean our owner thought of the superbowl and gave it its name . This year shouldn’t be about what we want but what we deserve (to be listened to) Reid and Dorsey dont tread on the arrowhead . Hold on fans its going to be a crazy season .

    • chiefridgy

      What are you talking about? As much as you may think you know best….you don’t know best….. They are doing what is best for the team.

      • Joe Myers

        yea because I strictly remember posting I know what’s best . They are doing what’s best for business witch is making money

        • chiefridgy

          That’s right….you said they should listen to us…..um ok….we asked them to fire Scotty and Crennel…..so they did….give it some time….there’s no way they can make everyone happy. U didn’t say u know best…. U just act like it…IMO

  • Joe Myers

    no matter how hard I try I just dont want to cheer for Alex smith dame bum I hate that dude

    • Jim Harper

      That’s odd, because he speaks so highly of you.

      • Darkwolf1414

        Funny shit, man.

        • Joe Myers

          easly amused are we . It was actually really stupid for a man of his age I would think it would be more thoughtfull

          • chiefridgy

            Here you are calling someone a dame bum…. Jim jokingly makes light of it….so you call him a prick….chill baby…

          • Darkwolf1414

            I generally agree with the sentiment of your posts, despite the atrocious spelling and punctuation. I’m guessing you use your phone. I am not psyched about Alex Smith either. I feel like the team told us to bend over and grab our ankles with that trade. Get ready for a rough ride because they’re not lubing up.
            Having said all that, I just thought Jim’s comment was funny. See, what he did was, he made it seem like Alex Smith actually talks about YOU. LOL Just being a smart ass.

          • Steve Blank

            I am stoked about Alex Smith…especially when comparing him to what we had last year….if he can play like he has been the past two seasons we will be fine at QB

          • Darkwolf1414

            I have 3 issues with the Alex Smith trade.

            1) How much the Chiefs reportedly gave up for him.
            2) The guy can’t stay healthy. He’s only finished a season TWICE
            in an 8 year career. He’s missed at least 6 games in every
            season except the 2 he played all 16 games.
            3) It took him 6 years and the right coach coming along for him to
            be any good.

            If he can stay healthy and continue playing like he has the last couple of years, in a new environment, then I think concern #1 goes away. Hell, maybe he’s just like Trent Green, who took a few years to get good at the pro level. I certainly hope so, for our sake. But I’m not putting money on it.

      • Joe Myers

        really Jim well invite him over and we can play kick the baby since he still needs coaching up (prick) . Matter of fact just dont post me if your going to try to insult me

  • cyberry

    I’m sure Brandon Albert’s agent called him and told him so shut up..Eric Winston pass blocking was terrible and that’s what was some of the main issues with Eagles..Reid’s offense is set up on timing. I sure he come see pressure coming from Winston side on a constant basis and decided solve it before it became a obvious problem..Stephenson did a good job filling in for Albert with a rookie guard next to him..That’s going against the best pass rushers of the opposing team..He is very athletic..I see Stephenson going to RT..

    • berttheclock

      Heads up on Richardson being drafted by King Carl. A sixth round pick, cut, brought back and became a low rent project for Pioli, the next season. Howver, as to Stephenson, why are so many high on this project who started the four games Albert sat out. He gave up 5 sacks, 7 QB hits and allowed 9 hurries. Yes, he did run block better than Albert, but, now, you want this very weak in the upper body guy to try to protect the right side of the QB? I presume you are not trying to sell life insurance to Alex Smith

      • cyberry

        That is true..And i don’t think it should be given to him. He will need to earn it..that said..Defenses seeing two rookies starting on the left side..where salivating..sending extra pressure. Brady Quinn drops like a rag doll.( you have to admit, defense ends just grab his shoulder..he goes down).So stats might be a little misleading..Let’s see what full training camp..also Lane Johnson, a predicted top 15 pick., was the RT at Oklahoma when Stephenson was the starting LT..So the coaches thought more of Stephenson..BUT you are correct he does need to work on upper body strength..Reid does a lot of 3 and 5 step back quick timing passes..If they blitz like they did all last year..Smith has the ability to hit Bowe in stride..he gone..Defenses are less likely to gamble…

        • Steve Blank

          yessir yancey….the more posts I read by you the more I like the way you think…keep it up

      • Darkwolf1414

        The two biggest knocks on Luke Joeckel are his lack of strength and he’s highly susceptible to speedy rushers to the inside. I’d rather keep Stephenson and have him block the QB’s right side than draft Joeckel. Drafting Joeckel pretty much means moving Albert to RT and having a new rookie LT with an additional deficiency to what you listed for Stephenson but instead of the QB’s right side, it’s his blind side.

      • Steve Blank

        how many of those sacks were to premier pass rushers…at least 3 I would have to say….AND…as many have said before…our QBs held the ball too long.

  • [email protected]

    Lets all calm down. We don’t know the plan of the new front office. Lets get a few games under our belts and see what we have.

  • Richard Comstock

    JUST SOMETHING WORTH POINTING OUT TO ALL THE NAYSAYERS!

    …BARRY RICHARDSON GAVE UP 5 sacks in 2011 and was only flagged 8 times!!!

    Winston gave up 6 sacks and was flagged 10 times(only 7 were accepted)

    we can dig even deeper…

    over the last 2 seasons Barry Richardson gave up 13 sacks and had only 13 flags

    Winston had 13.5 sacks and was flagged 14 times!

    2010 Winston gave up 9.5 sacks to Richardsons 5!!!

    how would you spin that?

    • Jim Harper

      Ahhhh, the voice of reason. I love it!

      • Michael Shaw

        Not really. Richardson was hands down the worst RT to ever play on this team. I am a slow fat ass and I could have blocked better than him and I am a mere 5’6″ and 233 pounds with freaking Popeye arms!! Barry was given the name I-70 by this site years ago for the way guys would blow by him. He also couldn’t block for JC to save his ever-loving freaking soul. Every time the Chiefs tried to run off of Barry’s side of the line, they would almost get negative yardage if it wasn’t for JC’s ability to make something out of nothing! JC didn’t have a problem running around the right side of the line last year. Yes most of the plays were designed to go to the left side as that is usually, 99.9999% of the time, your better tackle position. The sack and penalty numbers may have been the same between Barry and Eric, but I don’t think there is ANYBODY in the league that thinks Barry is even close to being as good as Winston!!

    • Steve Blank

      nice…you left them scratchin their heads

  • Jim Harper

    There is another possibility that nobody is considering. Albert stays at LT. Stephenson is promoted to starting RT. For a rookie he played pretty well last year coming in when Albert hurt his back. Now their draft options go back to being wide open.

    • shayaan

      best case scenario

    • Darkwolf1414

      I said the same thing last night. I think that would be a good move.

    • Steve Blank

      hell yeah….that is a great idea….either that or put our supposed first pick at RT

  • Don417

    Why is everyone up in arms about this? He wasn’t very good. Period.

  • Don417

    Mr. Albert, your attitude pretty much sucks. You aren’t nearly as great as you seem to think you are. You need to check yourself. You sir, are no Willie Roaf.

    • shayaan

      you are dumber than rocks

  • kcchiefinlv

    Winston did not live up to his expectations on the field or off. Badmouthing the company’s customers is never a good idea no matter what company you work for.

  • Steve Blank

    he deleted the account and the posts because he realized he over reacted…and his agent probably said WTF are you doing? the front office never said jack about moving him…I expect some sort of statement from Albert that reflects the fact that he over reacted…

    • Darkwolf1414

      I think you might be right.

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