Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are in unchartered territory. The team holds a 1-2 record through the first three weeks of the 2021 NFL season. After back-to-back losses to the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers, the Chiefs undoubtedly have some work to do.
Patrick Mahomes has plenty of talent at his disposal
The Kansas City Chiefs feature one of the NFL’s most feared offenses. They may even claim the No. 1 spot, depending on who you ask.
Patrick Mahomes is a generational talent at quarterback. His raw passing ability, combined with his football I.Q. and uncanny ability to make plays happen out of nothing, separates him from other signal-callers in today’s game.
As good as Mahomes is, though, he has plenty of help. Travis Kelce makes a strong case as the most complete tight end in the NFL, and he’ll go down as one of the greatest of all time.
Tyreek Hill possesses world-class speed and is a true game-changer for the Chiefs. What he lacks in size, Hill makes up for in quickness and explosiveness. He and Kelce are difference-makers and make Mahomes’ job much easier.
Despite the lack of production, Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a talented back. He’s no slouch and must be accounted for as well. Mecole Hardman is another speedster who adds more big-play ability to this offense.
Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy are the ringleaders. Together, they usually call a great game and put the players in the best position to succeed. In most games, the Chiefs offense operates like a well-oiled machine.
Von Miller says Mitchell Schwartz was his hardest matchup
The Kansas City Chiefs have grown very familiar with Von Miller over the years. Rivals in the AFC West, they play the Denver Broncos twice a year.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Miller has spent his entire 10-year career in Denver. He knows, firsthand, how dangerous the Chiefs offense is.
The Texas A&M product was a guest on The Colin Cowherd Podcast. Colin Cowherd asked Miller which offensive lineman presented him with the toughest test throughout his NFL career. His response was former Chiefs offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz.
“You wouldn’t expect it,” said Miller of his answer. “I really had the toughest time with Mitchell Schwartz. He only gave me like one sack out of all the years we played.”
The eight-time Pro Bowler excels as a pass-rusher. Still, Schwartz’s pass protection skills negated Miller from getting after Patrick Mahomes.
Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are missing Mitchell Schwartz
Mitchell Schwartz went to the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played the first four seasons of his career with the Browns before joining Kansas City in 2016.
During his tenure with the Chiefs, he served as one of the cornerstones of the offensive line. Patrick Mahomes and the skill players received most of the credit, but the offensive line allowed the plays to develop.
Schwartz, who played his college ball at California, was a model of consistency and as reliable as they come. The former All-Pro never missed a snap in his first eight seasons in the NFL but played in just six games in 2020 after suffering a season-ending back injury.
The injury required offseason surgery, and Schwartz is still rehabbing. He’s currently a free agent, as teams are likely waiting for him to get back into playing shape. “It’s surprising to me that Mitchell Schwartz is not on a team somewhere,” said Von Miller.
The Chiefs missed the 32-year-old tackle in their loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV. The offensive line had their hands full with the opposing pass rush and was not up to the challenge. Patrick Mahomes and the offense struggled as a result.
The team made moves to revamp the offensive line in the offseason, including trading for Orlando Brown Jr. As a unit, the offensive line is a work in progress and could use the veteran presence of Schwartz.
Patrick Mahomes has been sacked four times in three games and would probably love to have his secret weapon back.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference