Harris, who had been the starter all season, was benched late last week to get Donald Stephenson some work. Andy Reid indicated earlier this week that the Chiefs could see some o-line changes but on Wednesday Reid confirmed that it would be Harris, not Stephenson, starting at right tackle on Sunday.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid on the right tackle position: "(Ryan) Harris is the guy."— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) December 3, 2014
Obviously some folks will disagree with this, and I do too. Stephenson, who was suspended the first four games of the season, was one of the Chiefs best linemen last year, and even during training camp in August. I understand that he has missed some time but it's confusing to me that a team who admits they have o-line problems doesn't try out a player who did well for them last year.
After Stephenson came back to the team, Harris remained in and the Chiefs went on a five-game winning streak so that success is probably at least part of the reason that Harris has remained the starter this season. But now that the Chiefs have had two consecutive poor games they really should consider getting Stephenson some more work.
I'm sure there's more to the story ... I just don't get it. Not that Stephenson would be the savior but ... odd.
The Chiefs still could see some lineup changes on Sunday. Starting guard Mike McGlynn missed practice with a quad injury suffered last week against Denver.