Mitchell Schwartz: Consecutive snaps streak is “something that I pride myself on”
By Matt Conner
Kansas City Chiefs right tackle Mitchell Schwartz is hoping he can still start on Sunday despite Andy Reid wanting to rest players in order to keep a meaningful personal streak intact.
Mitchell Schwartz has a nice thing going. Not just as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, where he has once again made the postseason as cornerstone of a dynamic offense, but also as an individual player where he’s building a strong reputation as a man who’s always available, week in and week out.
With six straight seasons of playing every single snap, currently the active NFL record after Browns tackle Joe Thomas went down with an injury, Schwartz is developing an ironman reputation. That’s not something the Chiefs right tackle wants to give up so easily, even as the team is resting multiple players heading into a meaningless game—at least in the standings—against the Denver Broncos in Week 17.
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Earlier this week, Schwartz spoke to reporters about his streak and the tension he feels due to the consecutive snaps played streak:
“It’s important. You try to always be available for your team,” said Schwartz to reporters. “That’s something that I pride myself on—all offensive linemen do. A lot of times it’s out of your control, whether you get hurt or whether things happen, it’s a situation that’s a little bit out of your control. Obviously I don’t know what coach is going to do, but it’s a coach’s decision. You roll with that however that shakes out. So we’ll see what happens.”
Reid has not yet made it clear whether or not Schwartz will have to set aside his personal interests, but Matt Nagy, the team’s offensive coordinator, did tell the media that the coaches are aware of his hopes and they’ll take those into consideration.