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Andy Reid Say Eric Fisher Will Play Right Tackle, Branden Albert Left Tackle


The Kansas City Chiefs may have used the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft on LT Eric Fisher but the rookie will begin his career at RT, according to Andy Reid.

Reid did an interview today on SiriusXM NFL Radio today and told Rich Gannon and Bruce Murray that Fisher will indeed play RT.

“Well, yeah, that’s right. I’m gonna play the five best guys,” said Reid. “You saw me do that with Shawn Andrews in Philadelphia. Shawn Andrews was as good an offensive lineman as I’ve ever seen at the college level and then he came to the pros and he was the same thing. He was one of the best I’ve ever coached, now, as far as being athletic and being a football player.MWell, we had two veteran tackles who were two pretty stinking good players and so we put Shawn at guard and he ended up being a Pro Bowler there.”

Reid also talked a bit about how the team tried to trade Albert prior to the draft.

“We allowed Albert’s people to talk and look and do that whole thing and it didn’t work out one way or the other,” Reid said.  “And so, you never know, I mean, in this business you’d love to say that he’d be here or not be here, one of the two, but I know he’s a good kid, I know he’s a hard worker and I know he’s a good left tackle. So that gives us a whole lot of flexibility and if he was here today he would be the left tackle. And then we go from there and we just see what happens down the road.”

Reid is being pretty clear here. If the Chiefs get a decent enough offer for Albert, they are still willing to trade him. If they can’t get a good deal for him, then Reid is prepared to keep Albert at LT and play Fisher at RT.

There have also been reports that the Chiefs are trying to work a long-term deal with Albert. That may be true, but talking about it is one thing and doing it is another. Albert wants top dollar and the Chiefs may not be able to afford him.

Then again, Albert will be rolling the dice a bit if he gets injured playing this year. If the Chiefs offer him a decent deal now, Albert can lock in and do so knowing that for now at least, the Chiefs don’t plan to move him out of the LT position.

Tags: Kansas City Chiefs

  • Danny W

    Albert is a good left tackle. Not great but good. He’s better than Damion McIntosh, and Jordan Black but I really doubt he’s better than Eric Fisher. That said we should have a pretty good offensive line anyway hopefully Schwartz can beat out Allen.

    • ArrowFan

      Albert this year will defiantly be a better LT than Fisher.

      • Danny W

        I disagree. I think Eric Fisher will handle people and is already much better than Albert against the run. Every stretch play we ran left last year rarely worked because BA couldn’t hold his side down. Either way we’re gonna have a really good line this year.

        • P Heitman

          I was fully prepared to argue against this and defend Albert against the run – after all, the run that won us the NO game was off Left Tackle…but, I went and looked at the numbers, and we were least successful running left (in comparison to running center or running right) so you would be correct. It’s nit-picking considering we were 5th in the NFL running the ball, but it’s still true…

          I will say though, if Albert doesn’t clear that lane against the Saints, we’re 1-15 in 2012…

          • Danny W

            Which doesn’t matter either way. I’m not saying Albert sucks but I watched him with my own eyes last year get blown up on running plays. We made our bones running right. I’m sure with Fisher over there this year it will be the same. Either way it’s semantics really both tackles are book ends and should make us immediately better.

          • P Heitman

            Agreed.

        • ArrowFan

          I have a hard time looking back on last season as a comparison, I don’t see how JC was able to do anything considering who we had an QB and who we had as OC. I mean as a DC the game plan against KC had to have been the easiest no brainier all year. Specifically when Bowe went out. I’m not saying Albert is or is not a better player than Fisher, that is yet to be determined. I’m saying Albert this year will be hands down a better LT.

          • Danny W

            Right I understand what your getting at and I’m saying Albert will not be the better of the two. That said It’s a positive thing to have. Which tackle is going to be better and they’re both pretty well studs. Except Fisher beats him cause Fisher is better. :-)

          • chiefdeorty

            Sounds like a couple of women. They are both going to be good this will be a great line, running & passing, This team will light it up.

          • Danny W

            I sure as hell hope so.

        • Lenny Lieurance

          Danny, now I believe this was last year, but i believe pff had Albert as the best run blocking tackle in the game, which is sort of the reason people always wanted him at guard. This year was an anomaly, Albert is a force run blocking, and the pass blocking gets better every single season.

          • Danny W

            Hey Lenny
            Thanks for the response. To be clear I’m in no way saying Albert is a piece of garbage at tackle. Read P Heitmans response below it’s not just me who watched Albert suck at run blocking last year. I’m just saying I think Fisher is going to better at run blocking and pass blocking in his first year. If I ran the team Fisher is on the left side. Either way heres to having a dominate line with the a top 2 running back in the league.

      • Canad-Ian

        He’s already being defiant by not showing up.

        • ArrowFan

          If you consider not showing up for a voluntary 3 day mini camp defiant then so be it.

    • Norman Gunn

      Not to bust a bubble but Fisher is still from little ole Central Michigan State. There’s going to be bigger learning curve compared to a SEC Joekcle. No way in the world Fisher out plays Albert year one.

      • Danny W

        I guess one will have to see. Many had Eric Fisher as their consensus number one player in college football for a reason. The guy can play left tackle with the best of them. I’d be willing to bet a piece of my ear that Fisher is the better tackle this year. Mayock said he had the potential to be as good or better than Joe Thomas the best left tackle in the game. Either way we should have a very very solid offensive line this year which is something I bet we can agree on.

  • Kyle ferguson

    One guys a team guy and wants to help out so he’ll play whatever position he needs to, the other guy puts what he wants before the team and won’t play on the right side. So this isn’t really a surprise. You can’t pay a guy 9 million to warm up the pine

    • Brody Hall

      IF he refuses to play rt if he were told then he would be in breach of contract. Meaning not only would he NOT get his 9 million but would end up being fined as well.

  • redchiefs

    Andy Reid has said all along that he thinks BA is a very good LT. Actually he has taken the high road in all of this. He is the Head Coach, it’s his job to get the most from the players, and a good Head Coach is focused on the players that are there.
    I honestly believe he’d love to have BA there at the facility learning the offense and working with his (Reid’s) strength and conditioning coach. From watching the short clip of the team working out there at the start, I think BA is losing quite the opportunity to do all that he can to be in the best shape he can be in. I truly think Reid’s strength and conditioning coach is far superior to the one BA is used to working with. Reid’s 70% winning percentage and all his post season wins tell me his (Reid’s) guy is pretty good at his job.
    BA is still kind of young and has listened to his agent on how to play this. I’m glad that BA has some pride about his game, really. But for the umpteenth time, BA signed his one year tender, he is under contract. As both a fan and a retired professional, if you say you’ll do something and sign a contract you really should show up for work. Tell your agent to get to work, take the best offer you can get and be all you can be. Not showing up, even for voluntary work, after you signed the deal is listening to some dark thinking. It’s no way to live.

    • dominicscarlatti

      Nice post, Redchiefs.

    • Jim Harper

      Well said!

    • Suzi Conger

      Yes indeed redchiefs

  • Guest

    Third to last paragraph is Coach-speak!
    I wasn’t sure they’d do it, but they are going to powder Albert’s Baby-Huey ASS this one year!
    I guarantee he is GONE by this time, next year! He is a GOOD LT, but GREAT? He’ll NO, I’d be hard pressed to say VERY GOOD…
    I KNOE one thing he isn’t!
    He is NOT a team player and I just hope he keeps his mouth shut, this year, and gives 100% effort! This “could”, I said, could be an issue among the other players this year? I hope not!
    Eric Fisher IS a GREAT LT & should be for quit awhile, bar injury! I can also guarentee, Dorsey & Reid picked him in the Draft to PLAY LT!
    Come on, if BA was very good or great at LT, some team, even besides the Miami Irelands, would have given up a second round pick this year for him and renegotiate his demanding Bloated-Ego, way too high LT contract, because Blind-side LT’s, GREAT ONES, are far and few between and there were several teams looking to improve that position! Why do you think Fisher & Baby-face Jokeole went 1,2 in the first round!
    This year WILL BE interesting indeed! We get to see if out coveted Trophy LT, can really play RT and see if Albert takes plays off or gives 100%.
    That discussion of an inflated long-term deal Mr. ME is hoping for, as Jase on DD would say, “Ain’t Gonna Happen Boy’s, ’cause that dog won’t hunt!”.
    If Albert trains (at all) and gives 100%, we should still have a formidable OL. But, if he takes plays off and does not give his all (due to inflated contract, Ain’t Happenin’ Big Boy Blues), I sure hope Alex Smith or JC don’t suffer an injury, because he is sulking over this crap and decides to start loafing, that WILL be unfortunate & totally team moral damaging! Then Dorsey & Reid will be sorry they decided to put Baby Powder on that Fat Ass for a year, as a One-year damage control move. And it will set this team back another damn year……….

    • clay simester

      Reading this post actually made me lose I.Q. points, the world is a better place without it

      • Chris Tarrants

        Hahaha I was thinking the same thing! The guy who gave up only one SACK last year is good BUT not great AND the guy who IS untested IS already great? Ok this is too much work trying to caps all these words do I think my point is across lol

        • P Heitman

          I tried to up you like five times, it only let me do it once.

      • Guest

        Wow, how enlightening! I’d say your capacity to absorb an IQ high enough to reach slow to only child left behind level, would be better off as the smartest Faider Fan!

    • BigGil

      You’re reading too much into “good”. “Good” is also how he described Fisher and Joeckel when asked about them. Being a native Pennsylvanian who has been forced to watch too many Reid press conferences in Philly, I can say that you’d be hard pressed to get a better compliment than “good” out of Reid. If anything you should listen/read the qualifying adjectives before “good” to assess his opinion.

  • ArrowFan

    I’m so excited about how good our O line is going to be this year. Finally for the first time in JC;s career we will have a very good O line. Just imagine going into a 3rd and long this season knowing that our QB will have more than 1.5 seconds to get the ball off. Or on 4th and 1 at the goal line we will be able to just punch it in.

    • Bosco Cletus

      I told one my friends (a charger fan) that very thing just yesterday. If they keep Albert, get ready to see Charles bust off a lot more 80 and 90 yard runs this year. His run against NO went right behind Albert then right down the sideline.

  • Chris Tarrants

    This could work out really well if they sign Albert long term, let Fisher play RT for a couple of years and when age creeps in on Albert they can swap. Also for the guys saying that Albert isn’t a team player keep this in mind, he has played LT all along, and the year he wants to sign a long te deal people start talking about RT! He said he is a LT, he never said he wouldn’t play RT! If he gets paid as a left tackle which he has earned I’m sure he wouldn’t care which one he played but he doesn’t want to be called a right tackle when it comes to a contract

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Hopefully this will ease Branden’s mind and the sides will be able to agree to a long-term deal. Having more cap room would be helpful in finding a veteran pass-rushing DE.

    • Danny W

      I still think we need some help at safety and OLB too.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        I like what we have at OLB with Catapano and Zombo behind Hali/Houston. Both of those guys have a strong passrushing skillset. I’m not sure how much of that the Chiefs have at DE though.

        Safety has a pretty solid group of guys too. Commings, Lewis, Abdullah, Robinson (if I could have my way)…

        • NathanaelL

          I think you down grade your CB’s by Robinson at safty and I also think you may also be hurting his production as well by making that change.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I think people tend to underestimate the decline of his athleticism. Robinson is simply not the same guy he was 2-3 years ago.

          • P Heitman

            Stacy, I’ll fight you to the death on this Robinson to Safety crazy talk…

            You’re saying that he’s simply not the same guy he was 2-3 years ago, but actually, if you go by Robinson’s most basic numbers he’s exactly the same guy he was 2-3 years ago. In fact, last year he had the most tackles in his career since 2006, most sacks he’s had since 2005, only one INT (though he’s only had more than two once in his career when he had 6 as a rookie in 04), 8 PDef (compared to 7 in 20111, 9 in 2010).

            He ran a 4.3 40 coming out of college. That’s lightning fast in comparison to Javier Arenas’ 4.6, Brandon Flower’s 4.5 and Sean Smith’s 4.5…So even if he’s lost a step he’s still probably faster than Arenas was as a rookie.

            As I’ve been saying, now that Arenas is gone, you simply can not move the guy to safety. As Nathanael says above, it downgrades the entire position group. The Chiefs need him at Cornerback more than they need him at Safety. I like the idea in theory, but we need 3 good corners, not 4 good safeties.

            When Lewis hurts his shoulder in week three and push comes to shove, I’ll change my tune. But until then, the guy is a corner.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Robinson received a -7.3 grade in pass coverage last season (according to Pro Football Focus). Robinson allowed a 102.4 quarterback rating on 504 passing snaps. He gave up 64 receptions on 97 targets for 835 yards (300 after the catch) for four touchdowns and one interception.

            Robinson isn’t as good as you think he is. He’s 30+ and declining. His best playing days are behind him. At this stage in his career, his declining skillset would serve him best at Safety where his strength has always been run support.

          • P Heitman

            …aaaaand owned.

            However, Robinson and Reed disagree. See below.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Time will tell. I’m just shocked that you think so highly of him. You saw what Dex did to him in the opener, right? He had his biggest receiving day of the season against him (by far).

          • P Heitman

            Hahaha, you’ve got me all wrong. I’m not “high on” Dunta Robinson. I also don’t think he’d be an awful Safety. I just see no evidence that he WILL play safety.

            Anyway, how’s the weather out there?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I’ve already walked my argument back a bit. There’s no evidence to support the claim that he’ll play safety. There’s no real evidence to substantiate any argument about where he’ll play. Time will tell.

          • P Heitman

            Other than the evidence of both the head coach and the player saying he will play corner out of their own mouths. I mean, without that evidence, you’re right, there’s no evidence.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Reid is the only reliable source here. He will decide where Robinson is going to play. He referenced where he would practice if practice started in May. He went on to say he’s a corner with versatility, but said that he’s not looking at him playing safety. It should be noted that he made that statement in MARCH. Almost two weeks before the team was even allowed to convene for football activities. If that qualifies of proof of where he will play in September, I’m not sure what else I can tell you.

          • P Heitman

            Nahhh, I agree, this team hasn’t even strapped on pads. Just being a smart alec…

          • Stacy D. Smith

            In other words, you were just trolling? #gotcha

          • P Heitman

            Naw just good-natured ribbing. Gonna follow back, brah?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I conceded that Reid would play him as the other starting corner, early in the process. Reid stated that shortly after he was signed. I cannot say that he’ll be moved to safety. I think he should be though, given his declining skillset. His opinion doesn’t count for much. Robinson wouldn’t want to be moved to safety. That’s usually a sign, for a player his age, that he’s a withered defensiveback.

            I think you misunderstood the last tweet (which in fairness was poorly worded). It was Smith in the slot, not Flowers.

          • P Heitman

            Hahaha, Stacy, you’re killin’ me. No, I really didn’t misunderstand that last tweet. He said, “with Flowers, interestingly, covering the slot.” take out his personal injection, “interestingly,” and it reads, “with Flowers covering the slot.” I can ask him again, if you want? :P

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I could certainly be wrong here, but that’s how I read it. You shrunk that tweet and that may effect the way you read it. Or…I could totally be wrong. Let me know what you find out.

          • P Heitman

            yeah, I didnt know how to just add a tweet, so I took a screenshot.

            Anyway, swear to God, Teicher already got back to me. See attached.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            @emceereach hard to say. sometimes during off season they just look at stuff— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) May 7, 2013

            This was a response to my question of just how meaningful these April defensive packages are to where these players will ultimately line up.

            Sure you want to characterize that as evidence?

          • P Heitman

            I would agree with Teicher here, and I guess by extension, you. This is obviously not a cut-in-stone thing, sure.

            One last question, and we can (hopefully) let this epic thread die a graceful death. Say you’re Bob Sutton. Say you’ve got to get the best five defensive backs on the field when in Nickel because, well, it’s your job. Say, for arguments sake, the Chiefs are playing the Broncos week 1 and not Jacksonville. You’re lining up on the first play with three cornerbacks, and two safeties. The play calls for the cornerbacks to play man underneath, and the safeties to play halves up top. Again, this is obviously hypothetical. The Broncos come out three-wide with, from left to right, Thomas (L), Welker(S), Decker (R). You get to set your 3 cornerbacks, and two safeties, and you have the following players to do so. Who do you choose and how do you line them up?

            Commings, Flowers, Menzie,
            Robinson, Smith, Berry, Brown, Foster, Hartman, Lewis, Thorpe, Abdullah, Gumbs,
            McDougald

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Sean Smith on Thomas, Flowers on Decker, Commings on Welker.

          • P Heitman

            Interesting, so I assume you’d have Berry and Robinson at the Safety spots? Can’t say that looks awful. So in your opinion, Commings is/will be a better corner than Lewis is a Safety?

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Berry and Lewis at Safety. Not ready to make any predictions on what Commings will be.

          • P Heitman

            Oh wow, so Robinson doesn’t even make that top five on your team. Interesting take.

            Can’t wait to see what happens. Thanks for the unusually long discourse, I enjoyed it immensely.

            Go CHIEFS.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Robinson’s not very good so I stand by what I said.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Why did you compare Commings’ lot at CB to Lewis at Safety?

          • P Heitman

            Interesting. Can’t say that looks awful. I’m assuming you’d have Berry and Robinson at Safety then, right? So in your opinion Commings is/will be a better Corner than Lewis is a Safety?

        • Danny W

          I think Edgar Jones will play before either Cat or Zom. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Cat was cut and placed on the practice squad. I mean he’s a 7th round pick. Commings Lewis Abdullah and Robinson would all fit the free safety position is my assumption or could Commings play SS? To me we’re still shallow at those positions that are most crucial, A) getting to the QB. and SS.

  • BigGil

    Am I the only one that trusts Stephenson at RT more than Allen at LG? I think Fisher has the skill, strength, etc. to be either (granted I know he only played LT, RT and RG at various points in his college career, and that the last two seasons was at LT, I don’t think LG is out of the question). And if Stephenson does show himself to the coaches to be a better RT than Allen is a LG (or RT for that matter), from a fan view (you specifically Danny as well as anyone else who wants to chime in) would you be opposed to Fisher at LG. Again, assuming this gives us the “best five guys” as Reid wants?

    [ Note: This is one scenario... we haven't really seen how Schwartz compares to JA and DS, or, for that matter, how Kush compares to Hudson (theoretically if Kush is a better C it could result in freeing up Hudson to play LG)]

    • P Heitman

      I think Big Jon is a lock at guard, total stud and a very underrated Chief. If Albert is signed long-term, or at the very least isn’t traded, the spots to watch are C and RG. I would have to guess Hudson starts at Center, and I have a feeling this new staff thinks they have a gem in Schwartz at guard. So my best guess is:

      Branden Albert – Jon Asamoah – Rodney Hudson – Geoff Schwartz – Eric Fisher

      • P Heitman

        My main point being that while I agree that Stephenson has shown promise, it looks like he’s not going to play much barring injury or a BA trade. Probably be starting RT in 2014…

      • BigGil

        I think Asamoah’s a lock at guard, too, which is why I didn’t bring him up… But I locked him in at the position he’s played for us since he became a starter… RG… Are you suggesting he move to LG (which switches the opening in my hypothetical)? Or did you think he was already the LG?

        • P Heitman

          I’m totally wrong, I was getting the guard spots swapped, you’re right.

          That being said, I still think the “best five” offensive lineman is still what I listed above, which would leave Stephenson as the odd man out, don’t you think?

          • Danny W

            Don Steve is not a better right, or left tackle, or guard for that matter than Eric Fisher. Period!

      • Danny W

        That looks about right.

    • Danny W

      Are you saying we should think about Don Steve at tackle over the number one overall pick in the draft Eric Fisher BigGil? If so you need to come over and watch some film with me Sir.

      • BigGil

        Bear in mind this is a thought exercise (or if you prefer the term “devil’s advocate”) that I’m embarking on (I’m bored today). But the general hypothetical being posed is: in a scenario where Branden Albert is the LT, Hudson the C, and Asamoah the RG (no changing these factors) and in a vacuum that only looks at these three Chiefs (Fisher, Allen and Stephenson), that has Fisher at LG and Stephenson at RT better than a front with Allen at LG and Fisher at RT?

        Reid has said he’ll play the best five guys; so in this hypothetical three are locked at specific positions (Albert, Hudson, Asamoah) and Fisher is a lock on the lineup… but where in the lineup?

        I think that Stephenson is a better RT than Allen is a LG.

        So for the strength of the line would you (fanview in general) be okay with seeing Fisher play LG so that we get the most out of all five positions (DS providing more than JA). OR, are you (fanview in general) hellbent on seeing Fisher play RT, even if it means getting much poorer play out of Allen at LG (bringing the effectiveness of the unit down as a whole).

        Either way the future LT (Fisher) is without that position as a possibility (in this hypothetical anyway), so would it make a difference to you whether he played LG or RT based on his #1 overall pick status? Or would you be cool with him being placed at whichever position makes our line the strongest overall (#1 overall pick status be damned)?

        My overall point (other than I’m bored and interested with what people have to say) is that while Reid’s statements clearly indicate that Albert will be the LT when he comes to camp, it’s only assumption that that makes Fisher RT by default. Reid’s saying he’ll play the best five no matter what, and uses a scenario where a drafted OT ended up playing OG until a situation opened up where the draftee moving over to OT gave the line the most value. Is it possible that Fisher plays LG? Is our situation better at LG if Fisher plays RT than it is at RT if Fisher plays LG?

        • P Heitman

          To answer your question directly and comply with your strict guidelines I’d say that yes, I’d rather the best five play, and that would leave out Allen…

          The flaw in all of this, and the reason why I can’t get my head around it, or accept it as a valid (though admittedly hypothetical) thought excersize, is that you’re not accounting for Geoff Schwartz at all, and you’re locking guys into spots wehre they don’t necessarily need to be locked in. Aside from Albert, who Reid said is the LT, and Hudson (purely because he’s a center), everyone else is fluid. You take the three best remaining guys. I THINK that’s Asamoah, Schwartz and Fisher…

          What if Hudson is seen as the weak link, though? I’ve heard Asamoah can play Center. Could he play center, with Fisher and Schwartz at guard and Stephenson at RT?

          • BigGil

            Let me put it this way. I know there’s a fan contingency that think that Fisher should pay LT, Albert ‘s wants be damned. There are others that are fine with Fisher playing RT until such time as Albert leaves (sooner or later). I know there are those that do not like that idea (“because we basically used a #1 overall pick on a RT”). I wanna know if there’s anyone that’d be cool with him playing LG if it’s decided that that’s where he should play to get us the best five guys on the line.

            …But I can’t just start off asking “What if Reid decided to play him at guard?”, because that would almost assuredly have resulted in people jumping down my throat at the very thought of the idea. Instead I stand a better chance of getting a straight up answer by posing a situation in which it’d be plausible.

            The hypothetical had the restrictions it does to get an answer to “Would you be cool with Fisher playing LG if that do happens to get the five best guys on the line, even though that’d be like drafting an OG #1 overall (if only for a season)?” Starting a discussion on Schwartz’s and/or Kush’s potential impact just muddies the waters and gets me further from an answer to my real question.

            For what it’s worth, though, I’m not sold on Schwartz (at least not enough to say definitively that’s he’s better than both Allen and Stephenson… probably better than Allen given how disappointing he was last year). That’s part of why I left him out of the quotient. Also, he’s only on a one-year deal, meaning that if he plays awesomely and a line of Albert/Schwartz/Hudson/Asamoah/Fisher is everything we wish it to be, we’ll probably be let down heavy sometime next year when three guys’ contracts expire (Albert, Schwartz and Asamoah) and are currently looking at a probable cap availability of $6m or so. It’d take a lot of movement and convincing of players to get all three re-signed with that little cap (can’t even entice them to a low ball salary in year one of a long term deal by promising a large signing bonus b/c the proration of such bonuses would push the team over the cap).

          • P Heitman

            Gotcha. My answer is yes, I would be okay with that. If they deemed him best player available in the draft, and felt he was most valuable at guard for the time being, yes.

            Great point about all three of those guys being free agents next year. Kind of a sticky situation.

          • dominicscarlatti

            Well then, why not go whole hog and ask Fisher to be our center, instead?

          • BigGil

            If it’d result in the best line being formed to win us games…

            That’s essentially my question: Yeah he was drafted #1 overall, but does where he plays compared to where he was drafted matter more than where he plays compared to what Reid thinks will give us the best line and the best chance of winning games?

            It’s kind of similar to one of Stacy’s posts on this article where he brings up Dunta’s contract compared to Sean Smith’s. Should who’s making more money have more bearing on who’s made the CB2, or should that peripheral business be put aside and the best player(s) play regardless of the money?

            I don’t think I could say I care where Fisher plays compared to where he was drafted, so long as it helps us win games…

        • Danny W

          Okay. With this line of thinking though wouldn’t it best if Fisher played right tackle and Don Steve played left guard? I know Fisher has played guard but I think on the edge you have to have your best two. I think Swartz will take over for Jeff Allen this year and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Jeff Allen were cut. He was one of the worst linemen in all of football last year.
          I see it playing out like this.
          Albert (barring back) Asamouha (move from right guard) Hudson (if can stay healthy) Swartz (over Allen) Eric Fisher (for now).

          • BigGil

            I’m not sure that Stephenson has enough versatility to successfully play guard (though he’d still probably be a better guard than Allen). See my last paragraph on my last reply to Heitman to see my thoughts (fear?) reagarding Schwartz. I’d actually feel a lot better knowing Asamoah can/will be re-upped without the team taking a huge, damaging slash elsewhere. Love that guy.

          • Danny W

            He’s mean and has the potential to be All pro.

      • BigGil

        To answer your question (or expression of disbelief) in short, I don’t think there’s a better RT if Fisher’s competing there, but I also don’t think there’d be a better LG option if Fisher’s competing there. What makes us better? Fisher playing LG given the remaining RT option? Or Fisher at RT given the remaining LG option? No doubt Fisher’s dominating one of the positions, but he can’t play both simultaneously. So where are we better left?

  • NathanaelL

    Oh wel next years first round draft pick Left OT

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Larry-Vandesande/1692334818 Larry Vandesande

    Can we finally put to rest all the nonsense about Branden Albert now? The Javier Arenas trade was the first domino to fall in order to sign Albert to a longer-term deal. The team saved about $400,000 in cap space in the Arenas deal, enough to sign a draft pick or two. Other dominoes will fall.

    • BigGil

      Except for the fact that we were on the hook for a large portion of Arenas’ contract (due to bonuses) which became dead money and still counts against our cap. Essentially we saved on his base salary of $630k, but replaced it with a player (Sherman) whose base salary is $555k. So for now we only saved $75k. Not even the resultant cut of DiMarco saved us money because he was only slated for a cap hit of $480k, and when he got cut, one of our other players set to make $480k rose into the Top 51 making it a wash. If cutting Arenas was a cap move, it was a pretty lousy one.