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Andy Reid: Eric Fisher is our left tackle

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After going first overall in last year’s NFL draft, Eric Fisher was generally viewed as a disappointment in Kansas City. But Chiefs coach Andy Reid has big plans for Fisher’s future.

Reid said at the league meeting that he expects Fisher to be the Chiefs’ starting left tackle, the position the Chiefs were envisioning he would eventually hold when they picked him first overall.

“I think I’m going to move him to the left side,” Reid said of Fisher. “That’s where he played in college, although Donald Stephenson played there for me and I know he can do that too, but I think I’m going to start off with Eric at left and keep Donald at right and then we roll.”

Asked by Mike Florio at the league meeting if Fisher and Stephenson could switch sides, Reid said, “Well obviously we don’t anticipate that, but both have played both sides so we’re good either way.”

Last year Fisher played on the right side, but last year’s left tackle, Branden Albert, has left for Miami. If Fisher is as good as the Chiefs thought he would be when they drafted him, they should be able to move him over to the left side without missing a beat. If Fisher struggles, the Chiefs may have a big problem on their offensive line.

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37 Responses to “Andy Reid: Eric Fisher is our left tackle”
  1. r8rsfan says: Mar 25, 2014 6:56 PM

    He’ll still have to wear those awful hockey uniforms.

  2. ottawabrave91 says: Mar 25, 2014 6:56 PM

    we heard this in kc hours ago. if this was jets news it would have been plastered into our brains within seconds

  3. jbaxt says: Mar 25, 2014 6:59 PM

    KCs line was better when Albert was out with injury. Miami will soon learn they paid way too much for a sub par tackle.

  4. realnflmaster says: Mar 25, 2014 7:02 PM

    Sunday, January 16, 2011
    New York Jets 28 New England Patriots 21

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 25, 2014 7:02 PM

    Fisher played as much at RT as LT in college, and he wasn’t a very good RT in the NFL. But, hey, what do you get with a first overall pick these days?

  6. wawa33 says: Mar 25, 2014 7:04 PM

    Keep in mind that Arrogant-Andy made his offensive line coach, Juan Castillo, his defensive coordinator. Chiefs fans should be wary.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 25, 2014 7:05 PM

    He only THINKS that he is going to start off at LT. Probably because it’s based on whether they can land Greg Robinson in the draft!

  8. alshonbrandontandem says: Mar 25, 2014 7:05 PM

    Tony Mandarich 2.0

  9. ochospantalones says: Mar 25, 2014 7:09 PM

    Of course Fisher will play left tackle, you thought Andy Reid would admit a mistake this quickly? If you did you have much to learn about the man.

  10. justbust says: Mar 25, 2014 7:19 PM

    Jockel is way better , they overthought their pick last year.

  11. vols84 says: Mar 25, 2014 7:21 PM

    Albert is not a loss. Still chiefs don’t have anyone who can make plays besides Charles. Looking at 5-11 or 6-10 next year.

  12. polkhigh4life says: Mar 25, 2014 7:30 PM

    How in the world are they going to land Robinson in the draft. He’ll be gone before the 4th pick

  13. jpk6044 says: Mar 25, 2014 7:40 PM

    Looks as if #4 pick Lane Johnson is actually the best tackle from the 2013 draft.

  14. rolltide510 says: Mar 25, 2014 7:42 PM

    While Andy would probably have found a way to ruin it regardless, you kind of have to feel for a franchise that gets the #1 pick in the draft only to find itself picking between two right tackles.

  15. 32assassin says: Mar 25, 2014 7:42 PM

    Eric Fisher, the 2013 1st overall pick.

    would be the 4th best tackle in the 2014 NFL Draft.

  16. riverhorsey says: Mar 25, 2014 7:47 PM

    Fisher will dominate. The guy is a beast with a brain.

  17. grimreaper12 says: Mar 25, 2014 7:52 PM

    Chiefs schedule is difficult this season.
    As for Fisher, he has talent but he’s no Nate Solder.

  18. God Waves His Terrible Towel™ says: Mar 25, 2014 7:53 PM

    We have six rings.

  19. officialgame says: Mar 25, 2014 7:54 PM

    No way in hell Fisher should have been the #1 pick in the draft. It did make a lot of teams picking below happy.

  20. andreboy1 says: Mar 25, 2014 7:56 PM

    This guy got man-handled at times last year.

    If I was a Chiefs fan I would be worried.

  21. raiderapologist says: Mar 25, 2014 7:59 PM

    Eric Winston was better than Eric Fisher last season. When you suck at RT, you get moved to guard, not LT.

  22. jjackwagon says: Mar 25, 2014 8:39 PM

    Love the Raider fan on here talking smack. You guys signed Schaub but still don’t have a QB.

  23. jbaxt says: Mar 25, 2014 8:46 PM

    Raiders fans giving opinions is like listening to a team of fans who hasn’t won more than 8 games in 14 years. Oh wait, that is your team.

    Maybe you should focus on developing a franchise where players actually want to play for you, not just receive that last year or 2 paycheck.

  24. redislander10 says: Mar 25, 2014 8:56 PM

    I’m a bit annoyed by all of the above assumptions that Fisher is a bust based on one NFL season at right tackle. Yes, he struggled quite a bit his rookie year, particularly early on. But every draft analyst out there said that he had the most potential of all of the tackles in the draft last year. They also all agreed that he is very raw and would take some time to develop. Did everyone expect for this development to magically happen overnight before his first game? Also, everyone should realize that just like the 2009 draft, the 2013 draft had very little top end talent, or depth for that matter.

  25. kcflake says: Mar 25, 2014 9:10 PM

    Fisher will be solid at left tackle for the chiefs. Pro bowl left tackle 2 years from now.

  26. raiderapologist says: Mar 25, 2014 9:28 PM

    jbaxt says: Mar 25, 2014 8:46 PM

    Raiders fans giving opinions is like listening to a team of fans who hasn’t won more than 8 games in 14 years. Oh wait, that is your team.
    Team of fans? What does that mean? Maybe the Chiefs should develop a fan base that can count past twenty. That’s about how long it’s been since the Chiefs won a playoff game.

  27. jackofnotrades says: Mar 25, 2014 9:42 PM

    o man, if im a chiefs fan this makes me nervous..i’m not saying he’s a bust yet but he certainly looked terrible last year.

  28. broncotis3000 says: Mar 25, 2014 9:51 PM

    LOL….signed DeMarcus Ware.

  29. wichitachiefsfan says: Mar 25, 2014 9:52 PM

    Fisher had a typical rookie season, he struggled in the first half of the season but came on in the second half and looked pretty good. He also got dinged up a couple times that probably hurt his play to an extent. He’s a bit light so if he gains another 20lbs in the next season or two and settles into the LT role he will be just fine.

  30. kd75 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:34 PM

    Pugh > Fisher…

  31. paul82461 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:35 PM

    Why dont we all tell how many super bowl rings our teams have…ill start Oakland…3 …. probably 3 more than 70% of the teams in the NFL

  32. bigdawg24 says: Mar 25, 2014 10:46 PM

    Alex Smith better have his health insurance premiums paid up…… He’s going to need it.

    Demarcus Ware vs Eric Fischer ….. OUCH!!!!!

  33. says: Mar 26, 2014 12:55 AM

    Eric Fisher was awful at RT last year, I doubt him playing LT will have a better outcome.

  34. sugaar19912009 says: Mar 26, 2014 1:50 AM

    What many of you dont realise is that fisher struggled when john was in there and once they benched him.amd.put.geoff schwartz at rg fisher kept getting better.

  35. dmuehlhausen says: Mar 26, 2014 8:29 AM

    He was only really struggled against power rushers. As Adam Teicher has ad nauseum a year in the strength training program will help him out a lot.

    Also when you play LT essentially 10+ years straight then get moved to the RT and have to re learn doing a drop step to get into position that takes a few thousand or more reps to feel natural. He will switch back to the left and get back to feel comfortable on that side quick.

  36. joetoronto says: Mar 26, 2014 10:23 AM

    Kansas City, where players go to die.

  37. kaperchoke says: Mar 28, 2014 1:09 PM

    Offense wasn’t the issue in KC. IT WAS THE DEFENSE THAT FAILED.

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