Aug 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher (72) blocks at the line of scrimmage against Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds (93) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Kansas City Chiefs won 26-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Reid: Eric Fisher To Be Starting Left Tackle


The speculation that had been mounting since Eric Fisher was drafted with the number one overall pick in 2013 has finally come to fruition. Andy Reid announced today at the league meetings in Orlando that Fisher will be the team’s starting left tackle.

Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reminds of a few quotes from John Dorsey in January.

“I think he showed that you know what, it slowed down for him the final third of the season,” Dorsey told The Star in January. “He began to get comfortable at the tackle position and realized there were different type of pass rushers in the National Football League.”

“He understands that he’s got an offseason to get bigger and stronger, and size will help him a little bit,” Dorsey said. “I’ve always said this ― if I had to do it over again, that was the guy I’d still take because I think he’s got as talented of feet, lateral agility and balance of any tackle I’ve seen in a very long time.

“We all knew going in that he’d be able to function and play his first year, he’d have to learn certain techniques it took to play in the National Football League, and we knew that in year two, he would come in and be a really good player and that’s what we’re banking on.”

Fisher showed significant improvement in the second half of the season as became healthier and gained some experience. The part from Dorsey about needing to get bigger and stronger is dead on and hopefully an offseason to train will get him to where he needs to be.

So what do you think, Addicts? Are you comfortable with Fisher on the left side? Should Stephenson be the starting right tackle or will they draft one?

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  • berttheclock

    BTW, interesting trade scenario over at Lambert’s mock trade draft. He has Baalke moving up from 30 to our 23 to take Cooks. This would mean KC would pick up SF’s 30 position and have two added picks thrown in. The 94 in the 3rd round (KC has the 87, as well) and a 7th round pick at 242. He has the Chiefs selecting the Stanford guard, Yankey. What is interesting about this is the cost savings of picking Yankey. Yes, he is not proven as Schwartz was very proven. But, Schwartz wanted the highest money offered and listened to seven teams bid before choosing the Giants and their $1.5 M in 2014 and a pro rated bonus of $800,000 per year for four years. Yankey at 30 would cost the Chiefs (if the 2014 scale is the same as the 2013 scale) only $405,000 for 2014 and the pro rated bonus would be around $873 thou and change for 4 years. This is another prime example of why so many NFL teams keep wanting to get younger and cheaper.

    As much as I would love to see Cooks picked by KC, the extra 3rd round pick and a 7th round throw-in would work.

    • Stacy D. Smith

      I’d take that deal. We can go WR with one of the two R3 picks. Hello, Donte Moncrief.

      • berttheclock

        After reading the comments by Schwartz about the reasons he signed with the Giants, your earlier comments about his wanting to leave KC, unless, they offered part of Hunt’s vast vault made sense. He said the reason he was excited when the Giants made the first call to him was the fact he had worked his tail off and had been through 3 surgeries and wanted to be financially recognized for his efforts. He said he and his agent fielded seven bids. There was no way Dorsey was going to be able to afford him. I doubt if any extension offered to him last November would have worked. He and his agent knew precisely what the open market was going to yield. Can’t really say I blame him knowing how many NFL teams will cut and run in a heartbeat should any injury slow down a talent.

        • Stacy D. Smith

          The writing was on the wall for me shortly after the playoff loss. Every interview he gave seemed to suggest he was going to test the open market and bolt.

          • Troy Utt

            Schwartz made a comment as well right after his signing w/the Giants something to the effect of: “All he could think about since the WC loss in Indy was getting outta there!”
            I was a bit conflicted by that statement, maybe confused is a better word… as I had been one of his biggest addvocates here leading up to the final days of FA’cy.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            I read some comments he made on Instagram about wanting to win a Super Bowl. Apparently he doesn’t think we can get that done here. You only get one trip on this ride so you have to go where you think you can make that happen. Ah well… Time to move on without him.

          • Troy Utt

            If he thinks NY is the place to go for that to happen he must not have kept up with the scores in between games??? LOL
            I agree moving on…

          • Stacy D. Smith

            His former team beat the brakes off of his current team just last year.

          • Troy Utt

            I can’t lie… I was screaming that to myself when I heard news of the signing & his comment! I guess it was my way of making myself feel better about the situation? LOL

          • http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/community/profile/index.jsp?ipid=14872822'defer='defer upperturion

            I don’t blame Jeff one bit! Get paid while you can AND go to a team that can make a playoff push — no brainier. If it was about loyalty, mgmt shoulda made the right thing happen. IMO letting Schwartz and Asamoah walk was big mistake; one shoulda been retained. Chiefs are the disloyal party here.

          • Troy Utt

            I don’t blame him for wanting to get paid…Hell we all want to!
            It was the back sided comment he made right after saying Thx KC you fans are great. The next breath he was saying he was eyeing an exit ever since the Indy loss! A bit of a slap if you ask me???

          • http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/community/profile/index.jsp?ipid=14872822'defer='defer upperturion

            Sure, I follow… I think Jeff was showing his frustration that mgmt let him walk.

      • berttheclock

        In checking the stats for Moncrief, I thought for a moment that his 2013 stats had dropped somewhat from 2012, then, I realized Bo Wallace had thrown more passes to the freshman, Laquan Treadwell, who caught more passes, but, had a much lower per yardage average than Moncrief. So, Moncrief was the guy they wanted for longer passes and Treadwell was more of a set up guy, eh?

        • Stacy D. Smith

          Yep. Treadwell caught the lionshare of the balls at Ole Miss. Moncrief’s the kind of guy who can stretch the field. Doesn’t have great speed, but he can separate and isn’t often caught from behind.

    • freshmeat62

      I like that trade also, but instead of the 3rd and 7th rds from SF, I was hoping maybe the Chiefs could get their old 2nd back and trade one of their lower picks.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Now is as good a time as any I suppose. This means two players will be in new spots in 2014. That doesn’t excite me.

    • Hawthorne

      Yeah, especially since we seem to be headed for a zone blocking scheme which is more complex. I think in the long run we are making the right moves to build a stable and talented Oline, but this year could be scary. Good thing Smith can run.

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Having Smith on the run more often is just as scary. That’s how quarterbacks get hurt.

        • Hawthorne

          Not saying it’s ideal, just saying with our likely Oline, thank goodness we don’t have manning for our QB. He would get injured much faster than Smith.

          • Stacy D. Smith

            Touche.

    • http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/community/profile/index.jsp?ipid=14872822'defer='defer upperturion

      All the more reason to STRETCH the damn field……

      • Stacy D. Smith

        Gotta have time to throw though.

  • Tristian

    Told you guys

  • Brian Dempsey

    I’m not worried about this. It’s highly doubtful that Fisher will be the revolving door that Albert was at the LT position in 2009 and 2010 and hopefully not the False Start king that Albert was.

  • tm1946

    If it is what Reid wants, me to.
    Earned or a gift, Fisher was not all that great at RT. Natural position and we get what we were looking for last year.

  • Ardent Shepherd

    This is where Fisher needs to be. You don’t draft a career RT at #1 overall. It takes patience to run a franchise (or at least one that can sustain success). I have no problem with this move. Stephenson has reps at RT and Fisher is going back to his natural position. It might be rocky for a few weeks, especially if we fill the interior with rookies, but I think we can fight through it. We have one of the tougher schedules in the league, so either way, the cards are kind of stacked against us. I’m looking forward to see what both Stephenson and Fisher can do this year.

  • berttheclock

    One funny aside to this is there is a full time blogger in New England who does weather reporting of significance. His name happens to be Eric Fisher. Yesterday, some one tweeted to him a congrats for moving to LT for the Chiefs. That tweet has been deleted.