Originally Posted by RUSH
Didn't read your whole post but this is just false.
Albert had a great rookie season with Herm running the show and nobody reasonable was calling for Andre Smith, Eugene Monroe, or Jason Smith to replace him.
Albert began his struggles when Haley came in and had him lose 30-40 pounds. He then went on to struggle in 2009 and play average in 2010.
He's been an above average tackle in 2011 & 2012.
Did the weight loss help? Maybe. But let's not act like Albert didn't show he was on his way to becoming a premier left tackle before Haley got his hands on him. I would even say that he almost ruined him.
He didnt have a great rookie season. He played decent for a rookie but a lot of his success is attributed to running a pistol offense where thigpen was basically throwing quickly to his first read from the shotgun. When they moved to a conventional offense, it was clear Albert struggled with his technique. the idea that he was on his way to greatness in his rookie season is completely wrong. Unless your suggestion is to run a gimmick offense forever.
The weight loss was a great move. Albert has become one of the better run blockers in the league because he can get upfield, and his strength in the draft was foot quickness, which he can use more now. His strength isn't playing as he did as a rookie, where he was basically throwing his body run absent any technique.