Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Albert prepped for former team's 'fighter mentality'


The Kansas City Chiefs may be 0-2, but the team is fully capable of stringing together some wins. Just ask Branden Albert.

Before arriving in Miami on a huge free agent contract, Albert helped a Chiefs squad that went 2-14 in 2012 break off a nine-game win streak en route to an 11-5 season last year. He was in the top 10 among tackles in pass protection during that time, according to ProFootballFocus, despite missing four games due to a knee injury.

Now set for a reunion with his former team, Albert, who's currently ranked the No. 1 tackle in the league by PFF, offered some words of caution for his current teammates on what to expect come Sunday.

"Their whole team is good," he said this week, via "I was there six years. Those guys are some fighters, even though whatever their record is right now, those guys are not going to give up. On both sides of the ball, they’ve got good players.

"They’re going to come in here with the fighter mentality and we’ve got to have a fighter mentality, too."

Miami's offensive line is back to work after a game against the Buffalo Bills last week. Following a win against New England where quarterback Ryan Tannehill was kept fairly clean, the Dolphins' line allowed four sacks and eight QB hits in Week 2 loss. 

Tannehill addressed the offense's tough start thus far on Wednesday, saying the he'd rather deal with mistakes and inconsistencies now than in December.

"The best guys in the game have bad games as well," Tannehill said, via the Palm Beach Post. "Obviously you can’t string those together and have multiple games like that. But you have to be able to handle it, handle the adversity and bounce back and perform well the next week.

"Obviously the first two weeks were both bad, so that’s not a good start. But I think it’s huge to be able to bounce back and perform well after it happens."

Follow Dan @DanBegnoche
Follow AFC East Daily @AFCEastDaily