Jan 24, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman (17) celebrates with offensive tackle Eric Fisher (72) after scoring a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter in the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz share the same general offseason focus every year as cornerstone linemen for the K.C. Chiefs: to rest, to stay ready, and to come back better as the front line of this team’s offense. This spring and summer, they can add “rehabilitate injuries” to their list.
Between the two of them, they’ve started 183 games for the Chiefs at both tackle spots over the last several years—Fisher since 2013, Schwartz since 2017—but heading into the 2021 season, for the first time in a while, the Chiefs need to rethink their expectations at offensive tackle. In fact, there’s a very real possibility that one or both players aren’t available (or reliable) as starting tackles next season.
For Fisher, the timeline doesn’t look good for him to have much, if any, impact at all in 2021 given the timing and severity of his Achilles injury. He went down in the AFC Championship game, which means most of the offseason will be about getting the injury healed, let alone working his way back into game shape.
As for Schwartz, the All-Pro right tackle underwent surgery for back pain that never went…