Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Tamba Hali was tied for ninth with Carolina’s Jon Beason. I had Hali ranked ninth. Seventeen linebackers received votes. Hali was the only AFC West linebacker to receive votes. Hali, who led the AFC with 14.5 sacks last season, was fifth in our pass-rusher Power Rankings earlier in the offseason.
I think the AFC West has some very good linebackers. I also considered Kansas City’s Derrick Johnson, San Diego’s Shaun Phillips and Denver’s D.J. Williams. I could see Oakland second-year player Rolando McClain soon getting recognition. If this were a top-20 ranking, there would be a bigger AFC West presence.
The Kansas City Chiefs preseason opponents will be highlighted by a visit to Lambeau Field to play the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. Dates and times for the entire preseason schedule will be announced as soon as they become finalized.
The public will have the opportunity to be a part of a presentation that Holthus will give to a sports marketing class at Fort Hays State University from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 27, in the Pioneer Room of the Memorial Union on the FHSU campus.
Holthus will talk about the motivation required to enter and succeed in the sports marketplace, said Theresa Billiot, assistant professor of management and marketing.