Showing up is 80 percent of life. That's certainly the case with the Kansas City Chiefs and their offensive line in recent years. The Chiefs have had injuries at just about every spot on the offensive line in the past few years which has led to a lot of shuffling. If you can stay healthy, the Chiefs are going to like you on the offensive line.
That leads us to RT Mitch Schwartz, the Chiefs new free agent signing. He has never missed a snap which answers the reliability question. It's that reliability that Andy Reid pointed out when asked about Schwartz this week.
"Listen, we know the Schwartz family, we had Geoff here and we appreciated his time here, he helped get us started in our first year here," Reid said. "His brother is similar, he's very durable and very intelligent and a hard worker, we like all of those things.
"Knock on wood, I'm not sure he's missed a game, he's reliable there. And reliability ends up being an important thing in this league."
Indeed, it's very important. LT Eric Fisher, C Mitch Morse and G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif were the only three Chiefs to start 13 or more games last season. Jeff Allen started just eight after taking over the left guard job. Jah Reid started 10 games at right tackle and right guard. There are a lot of missed games in there.
"You want to make sure you're secure on the edge and at the same time, give the quarterback an opportunity to step up when he needs to with a firm inside three," Reid said. "Having two tackles, particularly in this division ends up being very important."
The Chiefs have two starting tackles in Fisher and Schwartz with a swing tackle in Jah Reid. Suddenly I'm starting to like the Chiefs tackle situation.