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Tribal Warfare
08-09-2011, 12:34 AM
Chiefs’ hope tackles will bolster the flanks (http://www.kansascity.com/2011/08/08/3065213/chiefs-hope-tackles-will-bolster.html)
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star

ST. JOSEPH | Barry Richardson spent the offseason wondering when the Chiefs would bring in a right tackle to take his starting job.

That player never arrived, not through the draft or free-agency. Richardson took it as a vote of confidence that the Chiefs so far have stood in place at tackle, with Branden Albert and Richardson as the starters and Ryan O’Callaghan as the backup.

“I did my best to show them I deserve to be the starting right tackle,” said Richardson, a starter for the first time last season. “I’m going to keep showing them I deserve that spot. I don’t want there to be any question in their mind about whether they made a good choice.”

The only new starter on the offensive line will be right guard Jon Asamoah, who takes the place of departed Pro Bowler Brian Waters.

“I feel good about how that group has worked thus far,” coach Todd Haley said. “It’s really good to have a guy like Casey Wiegmann back because we do have some young guys we’re counting on to step up. Between him and Branden Albert, there’s some good leadership there that’s really helping those young guys come along.

“Across the board, I’m encouraged by what I see so far for as little as we’ve been in pads.”

The middle of their line isn’t the concern for the Chiefs. Last year they added Wiegmann at center and Ryan Lilja at guard and both played about as well as the Chiefs could expect. Waters made the Pro Bowl last season, but the Chiefs released him because they think so much of Asamoah.

They also drafted Florida State’s Rodney Hudson in the second round and believe he is the eventual successor to the 38-year-old Wiegmann.

At tackle, the Chiefs are depending mainly on improvement from Albert and Richardson. Albert, facing the opponent’s top pass rusher each week as the left tackle, allowed eight sacks in 15 games last season.

“Every day I’m working at it,” Albert said. “It’s been a process. It hasn’t been perfect. I have my good days, and I have my bad days. I’m continuing to work, trying to get better.”

Richardson allowed five sacks while starting all 16 games. His season was inconsistent, something not unexpected from a first-year starter.

Albert, now in his fourth season as the starter at left tackle, is still trying to establish himself as one of the game’s top tackles. The Chiefs have had chances in the draft the last couple of seasons to draft a left tackle but have been patient with Albert, 26.

“You would think it’s time for him to come into his own,” former Chiefs offensive lineman Rich Baldinger said after watching a recent training-camp practice. “I thought last year he made some improvement. Usually, the fourth year is the takeoff year. If you haven’t done it by then, you’ve got to wonder about the player.”

Baldinger said it takes time for offensive tackles to develop.

“All you have to do is look at (Chiefs Hall of Famer) John Alt,” he said. “There was one point in his third year where people started calling him a bust. It’s just something you have to go through. For Branden, it’s the same thing. It’s just a matter of getting comfortable and I think he’s getting there.

“You can talk about bringing another guy in, but Branden improved sufficiently last year.”

Albert’s progress could be set back because the Chiefs had no offseason practices, casualties of the lockout. Another factor is the slow pace of training camp. The Chiefs worked little in pads until Monday, when they expanded their contact period.

“I actually think Branden Albert has made some progress as a run blocker,” offensive-line coach Bill Muir said. “He missed that offseason as a pass protector.

“It’s not there yet. His technique is a little off, but I have no doubt it will come.”

CoMoChief
08-09-2011, 03:55 AM
BREAKING NEWS

Chiefs hope to win football games in 2011.
-Adam Teicher

Daru
08-09-2011, 04:16 AM
"Daru is Indian" -Adam Teicher

the Talking Can
08-09-2011, 04:29 AM
Chiefs hope running backs will run the ball

beach tribe
08-09-2011, 06:00 AM
"Daru is Indian" -Adam Teicher

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Marcellus
08-09-2011, 06:06 AM
" Barry Richardson spent the offseason wondering when the Chiefs would bring in a right tackle to take his starting job."

I can't tell if BR told Tiecher this or if he is making a presumptuous statement. I hope he didn't because that's a bad sign as far as his confidence goes.

I have a hard time seeing BR telling him basically- "Yea I was expecting to be replaced this offseason because frankly, I suck".

Chiefs=Good
08-09-2011, 06:53 AM
Chiefs' hope matt Cassel will throw the ball


Potential for dissapointment

TEX
08-09-2011, 07:15 AM
IMO - BOTH Tackles are below average. Albert gets eaten alive by speed rushers and needs to play guard. Richardson needs to be a back up.

Tribal Warfare
08-09-2011, 07:39 AM
IMO - BOTH Tackles are below average. Albert gets eaten alive by speed rushers and needs to play guard. Richardson needs to be a back up.

I'm rooting for him to get better, but those " dancer's feet" are failing him at times.

Rooster
08-09-2011, 07:47 AM
BREAKING NEWS

Chiefs hope to win football games in 2011.
-Adam Teicher

:LOL:

LOCOChief
08-09-2011, 07:56 AM
IMO - BOTH Tackles are below average. Albert gets eaten alive by speed rushers and needs to play guard. Richardson needs to be a back up.

Baldingers take on Alt was right on. Physically both these guys have what it takes and I've heard it said regarding BR but I think lack of focus is a problem for both these guys in pass protection. Both Albert and Richardson are unquestionably already monsters in the run game.

Another year under thier belts, the additon of McLain in the backfield and Zorns help with Cassel should go a long way in making people see this line is going to be solid for a long time to come.

ForeverChiefs58
08-09-2011, 08:44 AM
Baldingers take on Alt was right on. Physically both these guys have what it takes and I've heard it said regarding BR but I think lack of focus is a problem for both these guys in pass protection. Both Albert and Richardson are unquestionably already monsters in the run game.

Another year under thier belts, the additon of McLain in the backfield and Zorns help with Cassel should go a long way in making people see this line is going to be solid for a long time to come.

Yeah, I thought Baldingers take on Alt was the best part. It is hard to have patience as a fan, but it does take 2-3 seasons for some of these guys to fully develop and have the light bulb go on. If both our tackles are better this year, hopefully it will transend to our QB's play getting that much better.
I am so pumped for this season to start.

talastan
08-09-2011, 08:57 AM
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TEX
08-09-2011, 09:12 AM
I'm rooting for him to get better, but those " dancer's feet" are failing him at times.

Me too and you're exactly right. He starts "dancing", his center of gravity shifts, and the speed guys go right past him. IMO, he needs the protection on each side that a guard is given. He seems too slow to be an elite Tackle. I think he'll remain serviceable at best.

ForeverChiefs58
08-09-2011, 09:50 AM
I also found it a little scary that our rookie LB Houston on his first time after missing camp was able to just run right around Richardson even though our coaches said he was lost. I wish it just meant Houston was that good, but with the shaky performance last year, I think it might tell more of our OT situation. Wish they could have some more competition there to maybe light a fire to raise their game.

ReynardMuldrake
08-09-2011, 09:52 AM
The middle of their line isn’t the concern for the Chiefs. Last year they added Wiegmann at center and Ryan Lilja at guard and both played about as well as the Chiefs could expect. Waters made the Pro Bowl last season, but the Chiefs released him because they think so much of Asamoah.


Really Adam? It had nothing to do with Waters being 10 years older?

JohnnyV13
08-09-2011, 11:07 AM
In other news:

The chiefs expect the center to bolster the middle.

And it looks like the guards will line up on either side of the center.

keg in kc
08-09-2011, 11:10 AM
Barry Richardson spent the offseason wondering when the Chiefs would bring in a right tackle to take his starting job.Yeah, right. I'm sure he did.

SuperChief
08-09-2011, 11:10 AM
In other news:

The chiefs expect the center to bolster the middle.

And it looks like the guards will line up on either side of the center.

Truly a revolutionary concept.

Rudy lost the toss
08-09-2011, 11:14 AM
Is it a sure thing that Albert will get a shot at guard if he does struggle at LT? I sure hope so.

ChiefsCountry
08-09-2011, 02:10 PM
I wish Chief fans held QBs in the same light as they do OTs.

Daru
08-10-2011, 02:22 AM
Daru!! What's up bro? You should post more.

haha thanks i am trying some but you know.

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08-10-2011, 02:30 AM
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KurtCobain
08-14-2011, 02:09 PM
haha thanks i am trying some but you know.

Daru! My man!