Devin White is one of the best young linebackers in the game. White was instrumental to the Buccaneer’s Super Bowl win, a game where the Bucs’ defense dominated.
One of the biggest reasons the Bucs were able to do that, was because the Chiefs offensive line wasn’t healthy. Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz were most notably out. The shoddy offensive line that the Chiefs put forward against the Buccaneers’ vaunted d-line simply did not hold up.
Mahomes became the most pressured quarterback in the history of the Super Bowl, and the Chiefs usually stellar offense only put up 9 points. In somewhat head-shaking moves, the Chiefs decided to release both of their long tenured tackles in Fisher and Schwartz.
Devin White was quick to notice, and he didn’t waste any time in bringing back those haunted Super Bowl memories for Chiefs fans:
And they said …. nvm 🤥 https://t.co/VnefjTtOen
— DEVIN WHITE (@DevinWhite__40) March 11, 2021
Devin White Tormented Opposing Defenses During Super Bowl 55 Run
Make no mistake, Devin White is fully certified to make such a comment. White emerged as one of the most critical pieces on the Tampa Bay defense in just his second year.
In his first playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, White had one of the best games of his career. He totaled 11 combined tackles (10 solo), one pass deflection, one fumble recovery, and one interception.
In the NFC Conference Championship, Devin White came through yet again. He totaled 15 combined tackles and a crucial fumble recovery which set up the Buccaneers well late in the game.
Finally, in the Super Bowl, he added 12 more combined tackles and yet another interception. For a second year pro, those are big numbers. Of course, there’s more to Devin White’s game than just the numbers will tell you, but they should give you a fair indication of just how impactful he was.
During the regular season, White totaled 140 combined tackles, 9 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 4 pass deflections. White is scratching the surface of what it means to be a superstar in this league. Along with Lavonte David, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers employ a very solid linebacking duo.
— BEST SPORTS TALK (@TRicktea) March 10, 2021
As White gears up for another Super Bowl run, he can only be happy that the Chiefs decided to release their starting tackles after seeing what his d-line did to seal the big game.
Why Did The Kansas City Chiefs Release Eric Fisher & Mitchell Schwartz?
The decision to release both Fisher and Schwartz could not have been an easy one for the Chiefs front office. Fisher was drafted as the number one overall pick in 2013 and Schwartz has started every game for Kansas City since 2016 and had an incredible 7,894 snap streak.
So, why let them go? Injuries. Fisher is coming off a devastating Achilles injury while Schwartz is rehabbing from a back injury which forced him to miss majority of the season.
The moves also freed up $18.25 million in cap space. Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach had the following to say after the releases:
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for both Eric and Mitchell. With Eric, obviously he was the very first player that we drafted when we got to Kansas City, and we were able to watch him grow into a solid tackle for us for many years. With Mitchell, his durability and toughness is remarkable and he certainly left his mark on our team. These decisions are never easy, especially with guys like these, but both of these players will forever be a part of our history.”
With their talent levels, Fisher and Schwartz are sure to be picked up quickly in the free agency market.