Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher (72) blocks at the line of scrimmage against Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds (93) during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Kansas City Chiefs won 26-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Eric Fisher struggling with mental side of game

Kansas City Chiefs touted rookie right tackle Eric Fisher is having a rough start to what should end up being a great NFL career, and he definitely didn’t look good in Thursday night’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Fisher, the first pick in the draft, constantly gave up pressure to the Eagles, and he was also called for a pair of holding penalties. That result was eerily similar to what the No. 2 overall pick in the draft did, as fellow elite tackle Luke Joeckel gave up too many pressures and penalties in Week 2 against the Oakland Raiders. He stated that he would correct those mental issues and strive not to be “Mental Error Guy”, and that’s something Eric Fisher is undoubtedly trying to do (or not to do, in the case of being “Mental Error Guy”).

According to FOX Sports’s Mike Garafolo, a source stated that the biggest issue with Eric Fisher is mental and not physical, and this news doesn’t come as a surprise knowing how talented Fisher is. Per the source close to Garafolo, Fisher, as the Chiefs have stated, is having major issues switching from the left side of the line to the right side (switching sides is honestly an extremely difficult adjustment for several linemen to make). He also reportedly had issues against the Eagles blitzing schemes, but I wonder if his issues are more fundamental. I mean, Fisher is adjusting from playing at Central Michigan to playing in the NFL, and adjusting from college to the NFL is incredibly difficult to do at the tackle position- that fact has to be emphasized. For example, Washington Redskins LT Trent Williams was putrid as a rookie, but he’s one of the best in the business right now. Ditto to Russell Okung of the Seattle Seahawks.

Nobody is- and nobody should- be panicking about Eric Fisher, because the Kansas City Chiefs have a really talented tackle on their hands. I’m sure he’ll figure things out, and Garafolo reports that the Chiefs are hopeful he can as well. I have no worries regarding Fisher going forward, but I will most certainly say that he’s looked really bad through three weeks.

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  • PunjabiPete

    I dunno, everyone said Poe was a bust about 11 minutes into the first game of his career, and now those same people are out here touting how they knew he would be a beast “all along”… mark my words, in 2 years, when Fischer has everything down pat, those same people will be on here saying they never had a doubt in their minds. I know, having played center, then guard, and for a couple of games tackle, that it’s NOT just “be fat; stand in defender’s way” to be a good lineman, and the techniques and challenges are VERY different. For a center, it’s about getting the snap off and ignoring any damage you may incur during that split second before you can get your hands up, then getting said hands up and being prepared to take on an NT and then possibly an LB. For guard, you have to worry about pulling, and chipping a block off onto the center (if in a 4-3) and getting to that second level if it’s a run, or widening yourself to cover a gap. Tackles have to have incredible core strength, and be able to simultaneously move backward while keeping the DL from advancing, and it’s something I could never get down… VERY tough to do. I played left tackle when ours went down and got a lot of holding calls not because I was lazy, but because it’s a lot tougher than I thought.

    Sorry for the wall of text, the short version is give Eric Fischer a couple years; he will turn out alright.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Btw, I had Poe as a bust, and I’m willing to freely admit that I’m wrong. As for Fisher, I 100% agree with you. No need to apologize for an enlightening, well-thought comment, and I think Fisher will end up being just fine and will make good on his draft status. Besides, I would MUCH rather have him suffer from mental issues that are easily corrected with experience vs. physical issues, and he clearly has all the talent and physical tools to be an elite player. I mean, he would’t have been the No. 1 pick if he didn’t, right?

  • scomstock55

    lane johnson, the other highly touted OL that went early in the draft had a horrible night against the Chiefs too….its a hard position to learn and play at the highest level…

  • Blake Molina

    We’ll see slow, steady improvement. But next year I think we’ll see Fisher anchoring the line down.

    There a also the possibility of Albert leaving in the offseason, then does Fisher move back to his natural LT position?

    • PunjabiPete

      I really hope this doesn’t happen, to be honest. I think Fischer will be a great RT, and if we could get Albert paid he can stop worrying about things and get healed up and continue to be one of the better LTs in the league. It’s great watching the Chiefs through the lenses of what this line has the capability to BECOME, rather than what they are. If we let Albert go, sure Fischer can take back over at LT, but then we hit the carousel of RTs again, and I feel like that would be a step back.