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Will Jared Gaither ever be able to play at a high level again?
Though Jamaal Charles averaged over six yards per carry last year, the Chiefs’ offensive line has plenty of room for improvement. Brandon Albert allowed 10 sacks last year and though he’s a steadily improving decent player, he hasn’t lived up to the billing of franchise left tackle.
Jared Gaither, meanwhile, has. Before missing all of 2010 with a back injury, Gaither was an all-pro talent at left tackle. The Chiefs took a low-risk, high-reward gamble on Gaither and if he pans out, the entire
offensive line could be overhauled and improved.
Current right tackle Barry Richardson is a mauler in the run game but struggles in pass protection. Albert is great in the run game but doesn’t have the awareness and reactive ability of a top flight left tackle.
Imagine, if you will, Gaither returning to form and playing at a high level as starting left tackle. Albert can slide over to right tackle where he won’t have to deal with elite athletes quite as frequently and Richardson could compete with Jon Asomoah to take longtime Chief Brian Waters’ job at guard.
It may take a while for them to gel into a cohesive unit after making these changes, but the line would be all the better for it in the end. Imagine what Charles could do then? Gaither could help take the Chiefs’
offense to a whole new level if he successfully recovers.