The ForeverRanger Top 5 Continues!
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. This time we will be talking about the Chiefs OLB’s, which is a massive position of strength for the team historically.
- Derrick Thomas (1990-1999)- DT had to be number 1 on this list or else I would be killed. It was an easy decision to put Thomas at this spot because he is the best Chiefs OLB/EDGE and with all due respect to the other four on this list, it wasn’t even close. Thomas is the Chiefs leader in sacks and holds the NFL single game record for sacks at 7. His 58 is retired by the Chiefs and one can only wonder how much more he would have done if he had only wore his seat belt.
- Tamba Hali (2006-2017)- You could easily flip Hali and the number 3 entry for a variety of reasons. The Tambahawk gets the nod because of overall sack numbers and he played for the team longer, which is the tiebreaker. He had relentless effort, was the hardest working player on the team and he lived and breathed Chiefs red. Before calling it quits because his knees were shot, he finished with 89.5 sacks (second all time in franchise history), 32 fumble’s forced and 8 recoveries. When it is all said and done, Tamba fully deserves to be called one of the Chiefs greats.
- Justin Houston (2011-2018)- This third round pick was a force to be reckoned with and made his impact known early on when he recorded 5.5 sacks in the final 5 games of his rookie season. Together with Tamba Hali, they formed one of the greatest pass rushing duos in the NFL. What sets Houston apart from other OLB’s is that he was not only an excellent pass rusher but he could play the run and the pass. Sadly a poorly diagnosed knee injury really slowed Houston down and he was never the same guy that was a sack away from breaking Strahan’s asterisked single season sack record in 2015. That being said, Houston was a great all around LB for the Chiefs and his 78.5 sacks puts him 4th in franchise history behind the other two men on this list plus one other that we will see in another list. Best of luck in Indy.
- Bobby Bell (1963-1974)- Oh I can see the debate happening about this one. Make no mistake about it, Bobby Bell is one of the best players to ever wear the Chiefs uniform. This multi-accolade LB was the prototype for how most OLB’s in a 34 are wired. While he only recorded 40 sacks, he had a whopping 26 INT’s and 8 TD’s (6 off those INT’s). He is one of 10 members of the Chiefs 1969 SB team in the Hall of Fame and his number 78 is retired by the team.
- Jim Lynch (1967-1977)- The ROLB in the Chiefs 1969 defense that includes two Hall of Famer’s, Lynch might be the best player on that defense not in the Hall of Fame. His steady play helped others be successful around him. Even Chiefs Hall of Fame DB Emmitt Thomas credits his play for making his life easier.
So there we have it, the five best OLB’s in Chiefs history. This was not an easy list to put together because there were so many good players and not enough spots. Speaking of such difficult lists, next time we take a look at the Running Backs. Until then, take care and feel free to rip me a new one.