“The name of the game is competition and getting guys in there to push other guys and then play the best ones, the guys that give us the best chance to win.”
I don't really have any misgivings about what kind of Coach Todd Haley is. He's a straight shooter, I think he hates lazy players, And I think we have yet to see the best of him. But I'm certain that until he wins some playoff games at the helm of the Chiefs he'll still be the ex-golfer turned coach and when he calls you out, there is a distinct difference in the respect he commands than say, Mike Singletary or Bill Belichick . Thankfully, respect is a currency one has to earn. The single biggest motivational tool Todd Haley has is playing time. Pitting players against each other and finding out who wants it the most. It's fair and it's really the only effective way an Ex-golfer can coach a team. Agree with it or not, it the reality that NFL players live in every day. But I digress.
Branden Albert gave up 9 sacks in 2009, the 5th highest in the league. He's an inconsistent vet who won his job by being the best incumbent. Has there ever been anyone on the roster that could compete with Branden Albert for his position since 2008? I mean someone you could say with a straight face has a chance to beat him out?
You can say that about a number of the Chiefs players but are they in a position as important as Brandon Alberts? In this posters opinion when Todd Haley starts his competition speech Brandon Albert is one of those players that sticks out in his mind. He's an underachieving vet with nobody to push him. I think Brandon Alberts development is the exact opposite of what Todd Haley believes will work and anyone can see his lack of results.
Drafting an offensive tackle make perfect sense for the Chiefs. Winner clinches down at the left tackle, loser goes to the right side and the o-line improves a ton because of it. As much as I believe the measurables make a difference in the NFL I believe the right guy to push Albert has to be competitive as hell and won't just be happy to survive his first training camp and move over to the right tackle. He has to satisfy Todd Haley's, for the lack of a better term, sadistic streak.
I know this will not be enough to comfort those who lust for Eric Berry, but drafting Bulaga or whomever won't be the end of the world.