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Alex Smith On Justin Houston: “I think he and Tamba Hali are elite players”

Chiefs’ outside linebacker Justin Houston has been receiving a ton of attention as of late, and for good reason.

Houston is quickly becoming one of the most explosive and effective linebackers in the NFL, and his stats go a long way to back up that statement. In three games this season, Houston has racked up 7.5 sacks to go along with 16 tackles and two fumble recoveries.

He’s currently the leading rusher in the NFL—the Colts’ Robert Mathis has 4.5 sacks—and he’s won the AFC Defensive Player of the Week award twice this season.

Simply put, Houston is a star.

Elite is a word that’s often times used to describe the best players in the NFL, and it was a word that Chiefs’ quarterback Alex Smith had no problem using to describe Houston, per a recent press release, along with fellow outside linebacker Tamba Hali:

Both our guys outside, I think he and Tamba (Hali) are elite players. They really do a great job every single play. They have great motors and are really talented guys. I’m happy they’re on my side. ”

Defensive end Mike Catapano also took time to discuss #50 and why he’s been so good:

“The dedication to the little things. This game at this level, the talent level, what separates people are the little things. Everybody’s got talent, everybody’s got speed, everybody’s big and fast. What it comes down to with him – what I’ve seen – is really his dedication to the little things. And that’s what makes the best the best, and this the cream of the crop in the NFL.”

For his part, Houston seemed to take things in stride, handling the praise humbly and crediting the Chiefs’ defense as a whole:

“I think it’s a team effort. When you’ve got guys covering their guys the whole time and the big guys in the middle pushing the pocket and Tamba [Hali] rushing from the other side, it’s very easy to make plays.”

Kansas City currently leads the NFL in sacks as a team with 15, per ESPN. Bob Sutton’s defense is also ranked No. 8 in total defense, tied with New England.


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  • Patriot42

    It has been a long time since the Chiefs have had a defense that dominates. I remember LB’s Lanier, Lynch and Bell. Defensive linemen Brown, Buchanan, Culp, Lothamer, Mays. This bunch of guys we have now could be just as good.

    • Chris Tarrants

      You are showing your age my friend!

      • Patriot42

        That’s what happens when you live a long time you get old.

        • berttheclock

          Keep living and keep enjoying and keep remembering.
          There are far too many of the young crowd who truly believe the history of the world began when someone popped their little bottoms.

        • berttheclock

          BTW, as you know, that secondary was not too shabby, either. Robinson and Kearney

          • Patriot42

            I hadn’t forgot them but given the rush the opponents were under helped.

    • Jim Harper

      I have often thought the same thing. There are a lot of positive comparisons to be made between this team and the ’69 team on both sides of the ball.

  • Tanner Cobb

    Elite would be an understatement for Houston at this point. Looks like he’s gonna need a good nickname soon!

    • Spencer

      I like Houston we have a problem…but meh, that’s just what I say whenever he gets a sack anyway

      • d-block

        Works for me!

  • Jason J Morrison

    they remind me of an up and coming “Derrick Thomas, And Neal Smith” combination. I know its a little early for that but we will see how things turn out by the end of the season. we will see if Houston has a new Chiefs sacks record along with the NFL sack record. Keep up the good work boys. go chiefs.

  • d-block

    I really like this writer. Welcome to Kansas City!

    • Andrew Kulha

      Thank you!

  • Bosco Cletus

    Anybody beside me wanna puke Tuesday night after DT’s show when Neil Smith said the one player in the league that reminds him of DT was Von Miller? I was thinking dude! Look no further than number 50!

  • Scott C.

    While I knew Houston was great, I didn’t realize he was also leading the league in rushing. Rushing and sacks, that has to be a first…

  • ArrowFan

    Add Poe to the mix and we are seeing the dawning of a new age of NFL Deference. The Chiefs Age.