It was unfortunate seeing Eric Fisher get injured in the AFC Championship Game, especially in the fourth quarter. As a result, he won’t be playing left tackle in the Super Bowl and that’s a bigger loss for the Chiefs than people seem to realize.
In steps free-agent addition Mike Remmers, who has played all along the offensive line this season. He was mostly filling in at right tackle for the injured Mitchell Schwartz, but with Fisher’s injury, he’ll move to left tackle.
This isn’t Remmers’ first time playing in a Super Bowl, as he was the Panthers’ left tackle in Super Bowl 50, and um… it didn’t go well, to say the least. Remmers had to go up against eventual Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and the advantage definitely went to Miller, who had three sacks, two of which the football was stripped while giving up seven pressures.
Remmers acknowledged his failures in Super Bowl 50, but according to Charles Goldman of Chiefs Wire/Yahoo Sports, said he’s not the same player that he was half a decade ago. To be fair, Remmers has played well for the Chiefs and while he’ll be switching positions and going up against a tough Bucs defensive front, he’s given the Chiefs confidence that he’ll be able to protect Patrick Mahomes’ blindside.
This really could be an entry just about how the linebackers need to step up, but I’m singling Anthony Hitchens out because he’s the biggest name of the bunch. Willie Gay is injured and won’t be able to suit up, so that leaves Hitchens to lead the linebacker corps.
Hitchens has played well in 2020 and has shown up in the playoffs, recording 12 tackles and a quarterback hit. He’ll need to replicate his playoff success because Brady is very much going to take advantage of dinking and dunking to Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones, and anyone else who is open not far from him.
This is where the linebackers need to step up and prevent Brady from having the easy completion. It’s been good to see Hitchens round the corner this season and play well, so hopefully, that continues in the Super Bowl and the linebackers don’t make things easy for TB12.