A bold move by the Kansas City Chiefs ahead of their Week 1 game against the Houston Texans is coming.
According to Andy Reid, Donald Stephenson has been named the starter at left tackle and Eric Fisher will play right tackle.
Fisher has been out with an ankle sprain for a few weeks so Stephenson has had more reps on the left side. Stephenson had what I thought was a couple of his best games at left tackle in the time that Fisher was out. Stephenson is the Chiefs best option at left tackle, and I'm surprised the Chiefs have made that move. I can't say it's the wrong one though.
"He was great," Reid said when asked how Fisher took the news. "Fish just wants to play. He doesn't care. He's going to do what's best for the team."
The starting offensive line, per Reid:
LT Donald Stephenson, LG Ben Grubbs, C Mitch Morse, RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, RT Eric Fisher
As an aside, the KC Star's Terez Paylor asked Reid if making this move at tackle was an acknowledgement that it hasn't worked out with Fisher, the 2013 No. 1 overall. Reid was a little angry in his response: "Did you hear what I just said? ... I'm not going to answer that." It's a fair question (I think) but you can tell Reid wasn't getting into that question.