Sure he put on a good front for the media by saying the right things and even vowed to ease the NFL transition, from the college ropes of the Chiefs top draft choice Tackle, Eric Fisher. It was a bold move considering everyone believes, including yours truly, that he should take the reigns on the offensive line as KC's starting left tackle.
Now Head Coach, Andy Reid, could care less where either tackle sits on the offensive line. But for all practical purposes, should the season start today Albert will play left tackle and Fisher will play right tackle.
So what about the interior lineman?
It's safe for now to assume third year pro Rodney Hudson will play center. At the moment, there isn't anyone that can play the position any better on the roster. Hudson is coming off injuries, surgeries and rust for not playing in nearly a year.
But one must remember that he was the most decorated offensive line prospect in the state of Florida so the Seminole graduate has the chops to play in the NFL. But is he the next Jack Rudney, Tim Grunhard or Casey Wiegmann?
When the Chiefs signed Guard Geoff Schwartz, away from the Minnesota Vikings they found themselves one of the most unheralded and talented offensive linemen available in free agency.
And considering the lack of offensive line talent that moved through free agency the last three months, one would say that Schwartz was a steal. In fact, the Vikings were fools to let him depart. But Kansas City quickly jumped on him in their second round of free agent activity signing him to a modest one-year contract. As a side note, they'd be wise mid-season to lock him up for the long term.
At the time of his signing, though he recently played guard in Minnesota he was penciled in as KC's starting right tackle. Now with Albert and Fisher in the fold, Schwartz can sandwich his NFL wears between Hudson at center and KC's top draft pick.
That leaves one spot open at left guard for Reid. And that could come down to a three player battle between Jon Asamoah, Jeff Allen or strike gold via free agency?
Asamoah and Allen both came from Illinois and started games for the Chiefs in 2012. Both had spurts but neither every lived up to their lofty draft slots. But you have to give them a pass because KC's offensive approach last season was indigestible.
Of the two, I think Allen has more upside but his pass blocking skill are lacking whereas his former teammates are more advanced. Vice versa, Asamoah is a solid pass blocker but isn't strong up the gut like Allen when KC's offensive runs the ball.
Now if Kansas City could combine, the former Fighting Illini linemen, they'd create an All Pro caliber Hybrid Guard. But that's wishful thinking.
So that leaves just a single option, former New York Jets Guard, Brandon Moore. Outside of any June 1st cuts, he's the most valuable free agent commodity still unsigned. And in fact, had the Chiefs traded Moore or been able to get Albert to sign the same deal the Dolphins offered to him before the NFL Draft in Kansas City, I think Moore would have already signed with the Chiefs.
But that's not taken place because the Chiefs have no more cap room. And until they can get a deal done with Albert, or restructure the contract of Linebacker, Tamba Hali, KC is cash strapped. And under General Manager, John Dorsey, he refuses to flip the cap numbers so the Chiefs are over exposed in years to come with pay for it later contracts.
And it's the right thing to do even though he knows Reid's west coast offense is both complicated and it requires perfect execution from give guys to be successful.
Still this organization hasn't had a solid offensive line in the huddle since, Will Shields and Willie Roaf, retired half a century ago.
That's why securing, a soon to be 33-year old veteran with some solid NFL years left in his Getty-Up like Moore, could prove imperative for KC to give new starting Quarterback, Alex Smith, the time he needs to guide Reid's offense into one that can score more points in 2013.
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