Coleman: The Great Debate
April 24, 2013

By Michael Coleman, KCTV5 Sports Director


      Come Thursday NFL Draft day if it comes down to Luke Joeckel or Eric Fisher both have pretty good attitudes heading to the next level.  Joeckel of Texas A&M says he doesn’t expect to the number one pick.  Perhaps he’s softening the blow if he’s not, he would go on to say that he just wants to be in the league.  It doesn’t matter to him.  That’s one take.

       Eric Fisher from Central Michigan is proud to represent the MAC, their biggest name NFL player is Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers. Fisher says he wants to be the top pick and that it would be an honor.  That stance says right away that he can handle pressure, because whoever is the top overall pick will feel pressure. 

      Pressure is what incumbent offensive tackle Branden Albert is feeling he wants a long term deal and is unwilling to move over to the right side of the Chiefs offensive line. Makes you wonder about his attitude, the new guy (if KC drafts Joeckel or  Fisher) will  hope to learn from the veteran, but you have to think if Albert is unwilling to play ball could he become a negative influence?

       Sure his feelings are hurt but let’s face it, it’s the NFL where feelings are secondary, especially if you’re using a wheelbarrow to deposit your money as Albert is.

     This business of the league is and can be cold.  Hopefully the new fresh face drafted on Thursday understands quickly that being a team player sometimes come at a price.  Albert’s discovering that too late in his career.