They rarely garner the recognition they rightfully deserve, but there’s little doubt that the Kansas City Chiefs’ record-setting offense couldn’t achieve its historic heights without the big guys blocking up front.
Chiefs’ right tackle Mitchell Schwartz was recognized for those contributions on Thursday, earning Pro Football Focus’ Bruce Matthews Award as the top offensive lineman in the NFL.
Schwartz - who hasn’t missed a snap in his seven-year career - yielded only 23 total pressures on the season, according to the PFF, and tallied six games without allowing a single one.
Additionally, PFF cited that Schwartz was one of just three tackles in the NFL to post a top-10 ranking based on their grading system in both pass-blocking and run-blocking, joining the 49ers’ Joe Staley and the Rams’ Andrew Whitworth.
The Chiefs will be relying on Schwartz yet again in just a few days as Kansas City takes on the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.