Tamba Hali knows how much work goes into each sack he records. So when Justin Houston boasted that he’d net a double digit sack total last year, Hali had some advice for his new rookie teammate.
“He told me it was hard to get even one sack in the NFL and that 10 sacks would equal a great year,” Houston recalled. “Then he told me that the preseason was nothing compared to the regular season.”
Hali’s words proved prophetic for the better part of last season. Houston didn’t record his first sack until December 4th, and finished the season with only 5.5 sacks. But a breakout, three-sack performance against the Bears in Week 13 gave Houston some much-needed momentum heading into this season. some hope to make good on his prediction in 2012.