Justin Houston Big Part Of Kansas City Chiefs Rebuilding

By Devin O'Barr
Justin Houston sacks Peyton Manning
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For a 2-14 team the Kansas City Chiefs sure have some talented players as they sent six players to the Pro Bowl in 2012. One of those six All-Pro players was Justin Houston who racked up double-digit sacks in just his second-season and will be menace as a Chief for years to come.

Houston was voted the team’s Rookie of the Year last season so it’s no surprise he came on with such impressive numbers last year. He has had the privilege of lining up beside one of the best defensive ends in Tamba Hali who is a two-time All-Pro and had this to say about Houston earlier on this season “Physically, he’s an absolute freak.”

At 6’3′ and 258 pounds it’s no wonder that the outside linebacker has 96 tackles to his name after just two seasons in the NFL. His versatility should pay dividends for this rebuilding Chiefs team as Andy Reid has a solid linebacker for years to come in Houston.

As a third-round pick, Houston also gives new General Manager John Dorsey hope that he can find talent in the later rounds as the draft will be crucial to the Chiefs getting out of the hole they dug themselves with a 2-14 record last year.

Derrick Johnson remains one of the league’s best linebackers with over 100 tackles in each of the last two seasons, but he’s reaching his thirties this year and will need an heir-apparent soon enough and Houston is ready to be just that.

Unfortunately, the biggest stories in Kansas City were about suicides and futility in 2012, but the play of Houston should definitely give the Chiefs faithful hope as he is just 24-years-old.

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