A FanPost by ForeverRanger
It is the off season for the NFL but with the draft a little over a week away at the time of me writing this, I figured it might be fun to do some rankings.
What kind of rankings? Let’s go positional rankings with five greatest Chiefs to play a certain position. Next on the list is Inside Linebackers, a position that is nowhere near as painful as the QB’s. I decided to split the linebacker position between OLB’s and MLB’s because this list could be a top 10 with room to spare
- Willie Lanier- Who else was this going to be? Willie was one of the hardest tacklers of his time and is one of 10 members of the Chiefs lone Super Bowl win that are in the Hall of Fame.
- Derrick Johnson- DJ could give Willie a run for the top spot but he lost out because of how consistent Lanier was. That isn’t to take anything away from DJ because when he got it together, DJ was one of the best ILB’s in the NFL. DJ was a borderline bust until the Chiefs decided to switch to a 3-4 and Haley lit a fire under his behind. Between 2010 and 2017, DJ was a force to be reckoned with when he was on the field. There is so much I could write about the man because he was a fan favorite and I imagine he will be a coach with the Chiefs before too long.
- Gary Spani- Spani was selected in the third round of the 1978 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs and became a nine-year starter and team captain. He started as a rookie and became the team’s leading tackler in his first season, He finished his career as the Chiefs’ all-time leading tackler with 999 stops. He is still with the team as their Special Events Coordinator and was elected to the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 2003.
- Donnie Edwards- While he might be more remembered for his time in San Diego, Edwards was still a great LB for the Chiefs in which he led the team in tackles during his first stint with the team.
- Mike Maslowski- This could have gone to a few ILB’s but I am going to give it to Mike. Before he went down in 2003, the Chiefs defense that year was at least respectable and his loss set an already bad defense further down.
OK so this wasn’t as easy of a list as I thought. Turns out most of the good LB’s that have worn Chiefs red were OLB’s but that is for another day.
When we next meet, I think we will be going back to the offensive side of the ball. I think we will talk WR’s. Until then, make sure to let me know what you guys think of my lists.