Most disappointing Kansas City Chiefs – No. 6: Mitchell Schwartz
I really don’t like including injured players here because the players should put their health and safety first. The reason why I did end up listing Mitchell Schwartz, however, is because prior to this season, he was one of the best right tackles in all of football.
Clearly, the back injury was nagging him because when he was on the field this season, he wasn’t the same guy Chiefs fans were used to watching. Eventually, it came to a head when Schwartz exited the Week 6 matchup against the Bills and didn’t return for the rest of the season.
Earlier in the season, I remember seeing this tweet from Pro Football Focus and couldn’t believe it. Schwartz allowed seven pressures to the Chargers and that was his worst performance in seven years. That was when I knew there was something not right with Schwartz.
Schwartz has been tremendous for the Chiefs and we all expected him to continue that in 2020, so while the injury was unfortunate, it’s completely fair to list him as a disappointment this season. Hopefully, he’s able to return and be effective, but back injuries are no joke.
Most disappointing Kansas City Chiefs – No. 5: Tommy Townsend
No one was surprised to see the Chiefs move on from Dustin Colquitt after the 2019 season. He was costing the team too much money and simply wasn’t performing well anymore. He got his Super Bowl ring after over a decade with the franchise that drafted him and it felt like the best time to say good-bye to Colquitt.
In came Florida punter Tommy Townsend, an undrafted rookie who won the job in training camp. Things started off decently for Townsend and he became a fan favorite after he completed a fourth-down pass in a win against the Jets.
After that, things mostly went downhill for Townsend. His production spiraled and despite winning AFC Special Teams Player of the Week late in the season, the Chiefs were hoping for more from Townsend.
He especially disappointed in the Super Bowl, shanking several punts badly to the point where the Buccaneers barely had to do anything to get into the end zone. There were definitely jokes going around on Twitter during the game how Townsend was the Bucs’ MVP and it’d have been well deserved if that ended up happening.