March 19, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid answers questions from reporters during the annual NFL meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Morning Fix: Chiefs News 3/20

“I’m going to try to play the five best guys,” Reid said. “I’ve never, ever in my career put a guy into a position he hasn’t played. I had Shaun Andrews (with Philadelphia) and he might have been the finest left tackle in the National Football League had I played him there. He was playing guard for me and then he played a little bit of tackle but he was the best guard in football.

“I know (Albert) can play left tackle and I know he can play it at a championship caliber level. That’s a refreshing thing.”

Albert and his future with the Chiefs has been the subject of much public speculation. It hasn’t stopped even when Albert informed the Chiefs he would sign his one-year contract. One issue has been his position, even though Albert has been nothing but a left tackle since the Chiefs drafted him in the first round in 2008.

1. First Round, 1st overall: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

Of the Chiefs’ needs remaining, offensive tackle is the most pressing I think. I don’t know that quarterback is completely out of the picture here, but that would put intense pressure on Alex Smith to perform immediately or be benched again, just like he was as a 49er. I think Joeckel best fits what the Chiefs are doing, and Andy Reid has always placed emphasis on building with early picks being spent on players who fight in the trenches. That being said, I think this is the pick that makes the most sense. Investing your greatest asset in protecting Alex Smith, who was not probably the most talented player they picked up this offseason, but definitely the most important. He has proven over the last two years that given time, he can be an accurate passer. The key is going to be making him the best player he can be, making his job as easy as it can be.

NFL Mocks

The NFL owners meetings are in full swing this week in Phoenix, Arizona and Kansas City Chiefs head coach is in town and speaking with the media.

While watching NFL Network today, they cut to a brief interview with Reid, wearing a a Hawaiian shirt for the second day in a row. Reid was sitting at a table with some other media members.
When NFLN looked in on the interview, Reid was talking about the 4-3 defense. The coverage didn’t catch the question but it did catch part of Reid’s response: “I’m not telling you I don’t like the 4-3. I think it’s a good defense. But that’s just not, the direction I want this time.”

The Chiefs have already gone on the record as saying they plan to stick with the 3-4 defense. KC has invested a lot of draft picks in 3-4 personnel over the last few years and the new regime has decided to stay the course.

Arrowhead Addict

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid briefly considered taking a year off from football after being fired by the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 31.

But at the NFL owners’ meetings Tuesday, a relaxed and reflective Reid seemed energized by the challenge returning Chiefs to prominence.

He views coaching as his calling — and not even the heart-breaking loss of his eldest son last summer kept him away from the game.

USA Today

Five weeks and two days before the 2013 NFL Draft, and at least seven teams have made their interest in the top quarterback in the class known publicly.

The Browns arranged a private workout with Smith. Same time, coach Rob Chudzinski claims he still hasn’t watched tape of Smith. Perhaps we’re to believe he’s leaving that to CEO Joe Banner and GM Mike Lombardi, who called drafting Brandon Weeden 22nd overall in 2012 a “panicked distaster.”

For the purpose of this walk-through, let’s take the bait.

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Tuesday at the AFC coaches breakfast that it’s too early to rule out Smith. He wouldn’t say whether he had Smith graded close to where he had Donovan McNabb in 1999, but Reid vowed that he does believe Smith “is a good quarterback.” That’s hardly over-the-top interest. And after trading for Alex Smith and signing Chase Daniel, we can’t believe Reid is head over heels for a quarterback in this lot. But it’s enough to put doubt in the minds of the team holding the No. 2 pick.

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