The plan was to get him into NFL shape first then place him at right tackle. But Haley has other ideas. That means with less than four weeks before the season opener against the Buffalo Bills, Haley has to settle on his revamped offensive line and then ready in short order.
And that means the man who has started the last three seasons at left tackle, Branden Albert, might be shifting to right tackle. So that means he has to completely re-tool his game to make the move. And that's not as simple as moving from left to right tackle. It's far more complicated than that.
So as we see the offensive line at the moment, Gaither starts at left tackle, Ryan Lilja sits at left guard, Casey Wiegmann at center, Jon Asamoah right guard and Albert at right tackle.
That means Barry Richardson moves to back.
This change isn't all that surprising. With the latest move to sign Gaither and the decision to release perennial pro bowler, Brian Waters, would Haley consider pushing Wiegmann to the bench in favor rookie Rodney Hudson?
If not, he should. As we talked about in our Out of Bounds Podcast on Saturday, he held up quite well against Tampa Bay's strong defensive line. So it would make sense if the Chiefs are going to completely revamp their offensive line of a year ago, Haley should go with the best five lineman he as at his disposal.
But before that can happen, Gaither has to get in shape. Considering he sat out a year with injuries, one would think he'd be in peak physical condition. Though he's getting closer to playing shape, it appears that Haley is going to make sure that Gaither is in the right shape to log time at left tackle.
That means the Chiefs new offensive line might not debut until the team returns week after next to face in state rival, the St. Louis Rams.
Either way you look at it. With the addition of Gaither, suddenly the Chiefs offensive line has some flexibility. But that doesn't mean, they have enough time to get them to mesh into a cohesive unit come four weeks from now.
In other Chiefs News:
QB Battle: Stanzi vs. Palko - I have to admit I'm a bit miffed that the local media isn't taking more of a shine to rookie Quarterback, Ricky Stanzi. The young Iowa gunslinger is in a battle with Tyler Palko for the back-up job. But if you read other media reports, most people think that neither quarterback did anything against the Bucs on Friday Night.
Sure they had identical completions and passing attempts against Tampa Bay. But Stanzi was the more polished quarterback. In my view, Palko simply didn't cut it. At the moment, the Chiefs still need to sign a veteran quarterback, that is if they plan to keep three quarterbacks.
Last season most NFL teams only kept two quarterbacks on the active roster. And with roster spots at a premium, the Chiefs would love to see Stanzi take a big leap over the final preseason games. It remains to be seen if he can do that.
If not, and the Chiefs are forced to carry three quarterbacks, that means they're going to have to sacrifice a roster spot at a position where they might need more depth like offensive or defensive line.
LB Justin Houston - I was surprised that Houston was as active in the Chiefs first preseason game as it appeared he was in his first NFL game. Though he only had a pair of tackles, he was moving far better than I thought he could at this stage of the game.
Considering he was the last player to sign with the Chiefs and he came to camp out of shape, Houston has made a remarkable turn around. So much so, he's likely going to rise to second teamer this week. And that means some significant playing time on Friday night when the Chiefs face the Baltimore Ravens in their second exhibition game of the season.
Still Houston has much ground to make up and he's going to get pushed by second year linebacker, Cameron Sheffield. But either way you look at Houston's improved play, its doubtful that defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel, will push Houston ahead of starting outside linebacker, Andy Studebaker before the start of the regular season..
That is unless Houston takes the job outright.
NFT: Will Bubba Sign? - Today is decision day for major league baseball prospects who were lucky enough to get drafted two months ago. And the Royals are at the epicenter of what could be an exhilarating or frustrating day and night for the organization.
Kansas City Royals General Manager, Dayton Moore, has been talking about Gardner-Edgerton prospect, Bubba Starling, for two years. Ever since the five-tool and two sport superstar, starting gleaming national headlines, there was hope that this local product could find a path to playing baseball for the team that Moore is in the midst of an extreme roster makeover.
I don't think the Moore would have drafted Starling had he not already known the likely asking price for this once and lifetime local phenom. With Scott Boras advising Starling and his family, the Super MLB agent is holding firm; that Starling will only sign for the right price. And that number is $10M.
Though the Royals certainly could pay that ransom, it's believed that the ceiling to get a contract done before 11:00 PM tonight, might see Moore go as high as $9 million to secure Starling.
I'm not about to predict the eventual outcome of this saga. But considering Starling came home this weekend after his touch and feel cram session at the University of Nebraska, it would appear that he has little interest in playing football for the Cornhuskers.
The Royals who whiffed in their ability to properly scout another local product, Albert Pujols in the late 90's, didn't miss a single opportunity to watch Starling play baseball the last two years.
And I doubt all that work, is going to go to waste. I suspect Starling gets signed before the Royals first pitch against the New York Yankees Monday night.
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