Our 19 coach and G.M. interviews at the Scouting Combine included a visit with the man who helped turn around a 14-loss team in 2013.
Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey talked about the franchise’s impressive rebound, which resulted in an unexpected playoff appearance. The effort to improve the roster included using the first overall pick in the draft on tackle Eric Fisher.
As you’ll see and hear in the video below, Dorsey raved about Fisher’s performance as a rookie, and regarding Fisher’s ability to get to the point where the game slowed down. But Dorsey slowed to a stop when asked about whether Fisher is ready to flip from the right side to the left, in the event left tackle Branden Albert leaves via free agency.
“I mean that’s a hypothetical,” Dorsey said. “I wouldn’t address that right now.”
It’s a hypothetical because Albert hasn’t left the team, yet. Asked whether the Chiefs hope to bring Albert back, Dorsey said discussions are ongoing.
Last year, the Chiefs used the franchise tag to keep Albert. After flirting with the possibility of trading him, the Chiefs decided to keep Albert. To keep him for another year under the franchise tag, it’ll cost the Chiefs $11.79 million.
Which means that the question of whether Fisher is ready to play left tackle may soon go from being hypothetical to irrelevant, since he’ll be playing left tackle whether he’s ready or not.