Andy Reid: Branden Albert Is Pro Bowl Caliber

Kansas City Chiefshead coach Andy Reid said in a recent interview at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix, Arizona that he thinks Branden Albert is a Pro Bowl caliber left tackle.

“The thing I know is that he’s a Pro Bowl caliber left tackle,” Reid told The Kansas City Star. “I feel that way. He’s a very good player. I have no problem with saying that.”

Albert has been the topic of much debate this offseason for the Chiefs. For some reason, despite being drafted as a left tackle, every offseason, media talking start suggesting that the Chiefs move Albert to guard or right tackle. This seems to indicate that Albert is not a very good left tackle.

Only that isn’t the case. Despite multiple offseason coaching and scheme changes, Albert has mostly improved every season he has been in the NFL. He may not be shortlisted for the Hall of Fame any time soon but he has held down a very difficult position for the Chiefs for years now, without even being a problem.

This offseason, with yet another new regime coming in, the talk in the media has once again shifted to moving Albert to some position other than LT. In fact, most experts thought Albert would be on another roster by now. Just weeks ago, the narrative being spun by the talking heads was that the Chiefs would use the franchise tag on WR Dwayne Bowe and allow Albert to walk in free agency. Only the new regime re-signed Bowe and franchised Albert.

Despite all that, the talking heads still insist that Albert is on his way out of KC. With the NFL Draft full of top tackle prospects, there has been some speculation that the Chiefs will trade Albert and draft a new tackle.

But if you listen to Reid, Albert sure sounds like he’ll be playing LT for the Chiefs in 2013.

“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.”

Sure, Albert could still be traded. In reality, any player on the roster could be traded if another team offers up enough compensation.

Still, I believe the Chiefs really do value Albert and would like to keep him on board if they can afford it.

What do you think, Addicts? Does Reid really feel this strongly about Albert or is he just trying to boost the LT’s trade stock?

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  • micah stephenson

    I think he really likes Albert and I do too. I have no ideal why some say he will move to guard. He hasnt played guard sinse college. Plus its easy to find good guards. Its a lil harder to find good LTs. Albert has got better and better. He’s worked hard and he’s earned it. Albert deserves to b paid like a top 10 LT and to start at LT for the Chiefs.

    • Heilios

      You forgot to say that we need veteran linemen like Albert to protect our high investment in GENO SMITH!

      • micah stephenson

        That does make alot of sense.

    • Chris Tarrants

      Yeah man where is the Geno props in that statement? C’mon Man

      • micah stephenson

        I was gon figure out a way to get a GENO SMITH plug in there but didnt want to b an overkill with the DRAFT GENO SMITH talk. ;)

  • ArrowFan

    This is no rope a dope. He only gave up one sack last year and my eye tests says that JC seems to always be good on the left side.

    • Danny W

      I think Albert does pretty well when he pulls but regular run blocking it seems to me he’s always in the backfield. It was either him or Jeff Allen that would trip Charles on his way to that side. The right side of our line was the one that seemed better to me. Albert is a very solid pass blocker though.

  • Danny W

    I definitely favor our home grown pro bowl players, like Bowe, Charles, Berry, Hali, Houston, etc etc over guys who are just solid contributors. To me Albert is a solid contributor at Left Tackle. If we got enough picks for the guy I wouldn’t be sad at all to lose him. A lot of folks get defensive when you talk about putting him at guard but if you think about he’s not made a pro bowl yet, so which would be better for his career a top 15 Left Tackle, or a top 3 guard?

    • Spencer

      new question….how often are chiefs players undervalued just because they are chiefs??? 2nd new question….do you really value pro bowls that much??? Ex Berry made pro bowl, Weddle didn’t…Weddle was a better player this year…idc what you say, he was better, Berry potentially will far pass Weddle, but last year he wasn’t….

      when teams are bad rarely their good players get recognition…Jake long got it early because the dolphins were good, he was good and he was drafted #1…now he is worse then Albert IMO…but people like him more, plus Albert has to go up against Thomas of the browns every year (every year he is competing for 1 spot in the afc to get to the pro bowl)

      • Darkwolf1414

        Exactly, it’s not like there are a lot of spots in the Pro Bowl for LTs. 3 out of the top 5 LTs in each the AFC and NFC don’t make the Pro Bowl every year. That’s 60% of the top 10 LTs, in the NFL, who don’t make a Pro Bowl!