The Morning Fix: Chiefs News and Headlines for 1/16/2014


Dec 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid walks onto the field before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts won 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid walks onto the field before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts won 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

As most Addicts are well aware, Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert is set to hit free agency on March 11. With that being said, general manager John Dorsey will have his hands full trying to figure out what pieces on the Chiefs offensive line fit best in regards to skill and cost. That could mean big things for right tackle Eric Fisher. The Kansas City Star’s Terez Paylor has a whole piece up regarding this issue.

That’s why conventional wisdom suggests right tackle Eric Fisher could get a shot at the [left tackle] position despite an underwhelming rookie season. Teams don’t take offensive tackles No. 1 overall to play on the less-demanding right side. But Dorsey, while high on Fisher’s talent, isn’t ready to make any public proclomations about his long-term position.

The salary cap situation facing the Chiefs in the off season is a tricky one at best and won’t just affect the signing — or non-signing — of Albert, but a multitude of players scheduled to hit free agency. We here at AA have gone to great lengths to break down the cap situation with my article, “Salary Cap For Dummies,” featured columnist Lyle Graverson’s article “The Kansas City Chiefs Salary Cap Options,”  and featured columnist Stacy “Reach” Smith’s piece Kansas City Chiefs Free Agency Outlook 2014 (Part 1). Well, Brett Gering over at Bleacher Report has also chimed in, giving his take on the Chiefs cap situation.

In 2012, the Chiefs had heaps of elbow room in terms of cap space. General manager Scott Pioli tried to prove his salary-cap sagacity by constructing a roster full of inexperienced and cheap talent. Frugality brings about a lot of things: discipline, security, barrels of Breaking Bad money, etc. In football, it brings about a 2-14 record.

Out with the old, in with the new.

GM John Dorsey subsequently conducted a salary-cap shakedown in 2013, squeezing every last dime out of it that he could manage. And just like that, the Chiefs were promoted back to playoff contenders. 

Finally, there’s a lot going on over at the Mothership today, but the biggest piece on the site is the breakdown of the 101 Awards, and the fact that the Chiefs own head coach, Andy Reid received Coach of the Year honors. Chiefs Reporter Rachel Santschi has a whole piece posted, listing all the recipients.

Chiefs fans are extremely proud that Kansas City’s own head coach Andy Reid has received this presitigious award. Reid led the Chiefs to an 11-5 record and an AFC wild-card berth in his first season with Kansas City. He also helped orchestrate one of the league’s biggest turnarounds from two wins in 2012 to 11 in 2013. Reid is familiar with the 101’s as he was the 101 NFC Coach of the Year in 2002, while with the Philadelphia Eagles.

That’s it for your Chiefs news and headlines for today. Enjoy your Thursday, and GO CHIEFS!

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  • micah stephenson

    Congratulations to Andy Reid he deserves it. He is a good coach. Our team already had the talent we just needed a good coach. Now we got him.

  • micah stephenson

    Where you celebrating tonight Andy?

    • Stacy D. Smith

      Hilarious!

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Moving Fisher to left tackle means two players will have adjustment periods.
    The offensive line could take a step back because of that fact.