It’s been 80 days since the Kansas City Chiefs made a trade with the San Francisco 49ers, landing their franchise QB Alex Smith.
During his introductory press conference, Smith said he wasn’t able to describe his excitement about joining his new football family.
We’ve heard what a lot of Smith’s teammates think about his benefit to the team and recently, Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson shared his thoughts on Smith’s progress during the last few months.
“He’s looking really good,” Pederson said. “He’s getting comfortable with what we’re doing. He’s understanding the terminology and he’s orchestrating that. I’m really pleased with where he’s at.”
“I wasn’t going to be pigeonholed by the way things used to be or are expected to be,” Dorsey said. “My goal is to put the five best linemen on the field that we can. Having Eric Fisher and Branden Albert on the field together helps us achieve that. We want big, fast guys who can help keep our quarterback upright and move well in the running game. That’s what we want in our right tackle, and we think Eric gives us that.”
Traditionally, teams have used premium picks on left tackles because of their athleticism and their blindside protection of quarterbacks. Right tackles were considered less important and less athletic. Those road-grading days may be over. Teams are burying the old thinking about right tackles and adjusting as the game becomes faster and more athletic.
“The line between left and right tackle is more blurry than it ever has been,” ESPN analyst Matt Williamson said. “You don’t have to have a big, fat masher on the right side anymore. The league is changing. … So I totally understand the pick of Fisher and the plan to keep Albert and put Fisher on the right side. The league is going that way.”
Since Andy Reid’s hiring, the head coach’s shakeups to the Kansas City Chiefs roster have regularly ambushed sports tickers. With free agency waning and the NFL draft in the rear-view, ’tis the season for power ranking.
But who are the top 53 players on the Chiefs roster?
With the regime change, the organization’s coaching staff has been completely overhauled, and fresh faces outline Kansas City’s OTAs.
However, the face of the franchise remains a longtime fan favorite.