Player Quotes: Eric Fisher and Frank Zombo Speak Up

For the Kansas City Chiefs, this weekend could turn out to be great. If they pull off the win in Oakland they will have secured the 5th seed in the playoffs and could very well rest starters such as Jamaal Charles to keep him healthy for the playoffs. Knile Davis did a good job of running the ball last week against the Redskins and we could very well see more of the young back the remainder of the season.

But as they Chiefs get ready to face their foe in the Oakland Raiders, players Eric Fisher and Frank Zombo spoke to the press about the upcoming game.

T ERIC FISHER

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Q: Are you getting more comfortable from the start of the regular season?

“Like I’ve been saying, every week is feeling better and better. Everything is slowing down, everything feels more natural. I think I can see it in my play on film. I’m just trying to get better every week.”

Q: What do you think a year in the offseason weight program will do for your game?

“I think it’s going to be huge. Just giving me that much more of an anchor, really locking down those power guys. There’s different kinds of rushers in this league and the power rush is probably the thing I’m working on the most. I’m fixing that every day, that’s just part of this game, you fix the areas that need improvement and take it game-by-game.”

Q: Are you more comfortable on the right side now, how long does it take to adjust to a new position?

“It took longer than I thought, that’s for sure. It feels natural now, like left (tackle) did. Just take it week-by-week, take this one day at a time, continue to learn and grow.”

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LB FRANK ZOMBO

Q: What is it like when the opponent is changing styles of quarterback, like Oakland will on Sunday?

“We definitely have some packages in for those situations. It’s kind of like going against RGIII last week and the zone read offense. We’re kind of bringing that over from last week to this week.”

Q: What is Oakland doing differently now that they aren’t giving up as many sacks?

“I think their o-line, they have a different mentality, it looks like on film. They’re more aggressive, it seems like they have a chip on their shoulder. Their quarterback isn’t running around as much. I think those things go together and they’re giving up less sacks.”

Topics: Eric Fisher, Frank Zombo, Kansas City Chiefs

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  • Jim Harper

    The improvement in Fisher’s play is clearly visible and you can tell his comfort level is way up. Thanks to the Chargers’ beat down of the Broncos tonight the playoff landscape has taken a big turn. Now if the Chiefs can win out we only need the Bronco’s to lose one more game against either the Texans or the Raiders and both of those games are on the road. Difficult, but as the Chargers showed us tonite, not impossible.

    • guest

      True indeed…a long shot but its possible til it isnt.

    • berttheclock

      Just finished a thread at sfgate/raiders directed at the top rookies thus far. Allen of the Bolts may win the best offensive rookie, but, one quote from the article struck me. It was a comment by Richardson out of Missouri, who is making a ton of tackles for the Jets. He said he believed he should have been taken as the first player in the draft and he believes he has proven it. Huh? Would he have really made the defense of the Chiefs leap off the page? Now, everyone can see the long slow process of developing by Eric Fisher and his true worth may not really be shown for another year, but, would Richardson or Star L have made more of a difference for this year? As for that 3rd round, yes, Allen would have really contributed, but, in time, Kelce still might prove to be a great pickup. But, Allen sliced and diced the Broncos the same as he did us and we still have to face him one more time. Some day, Pro Scouts will, finally, learn to spend more time checking out Cal players. Hanging out at both Cal and Standford can improve one’s football knowledge.

  • thabear04

    I’ll be there Sunday cant wait to see them Chiefs beat up on Oakland.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    You mean Eric Fisher’s not a bust? I’m glad things are slowing down for him. He’s been a LOT better the past several weeks.

    • berttheclock

      Yeah and imagine what a winter and spring’s worth of weight training and conditioning will do for him. He will become a force.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Might take another year though. Depends on what happens with Albert. I have to imagine there will be a slight hitch in his progress if he switches positions again.

        • berttheclock

          However, still great to have such a backup to rotate. Far better than those teams, such as Miami, who tried to move a RT into a LT position which the player could not fill. Really goes back to my comment to Jim Harper above, where Richardson thought the Chiefs should have taken him. I still maintain the majority of GMs, including Dorsey, no matter how much they claim to only look at the best player available, really, when all is said and done, do draft for need and the Chiefs really needed to improve their offensive line far more than their defensive line.

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