According to Pro Football Focus, Tamba Hali had one of the 10 best games at 3-4 OLB in the NFL last season.
PFF is going through each positional group and picking out the players who had the 10 most productive games according to their grading system. Hali came in at #4.
Here is what PFF had to say:
4. Tamba Hali, Kansas City Chiefs: Week 4 vs. Minnesota (+7.4)
When the Vikings came to town it seemed the Chiefs had a plan in place, with Hali attacking Phil Loadholt relentlessly. By the time the game was over, Hali had notched two sacks, two hits, and eight pressures as Minnesota couldn’t handle his speed off the edge. That qualifies as a big day.
What else is there to say? Hali is a force and is one of the best backers in the NFL. Now that Justin Houston will be entering his second season and with the addition of Dontari Poe, it is going to be even harder for defenses to spend all their time worrying about Hali.
Tamba not only impacts the game himself, he makes the other players around him better. That means if Houston continues his success from late last season, he could be in for a big year.
Whether it is Hali or Houston getting to the QB, the Chiefs figure to have much improved pass rush in 2012.