Nov 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is sacked by Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) during the second half of the game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chargers won 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Tamba Hali and Eric Berry Make NFL’s Top 50


Kansas City Chiefs defensive players linebacker Tamba Hali and safety Eric Berry made their appearances on the NFL’s Top 100 list Wednesday night. Berry checked in at number 50 while Hali was ranked 43rd.

Berry turned in potentially the best season of his young career in 2013 by recording 68 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions, and five passes defended. Pro Football Focus says he had a 68.5 quarterback rating against when targeted, and ranked third amongst all safeties in his overall PFF grade – higher than Earl Thomas and Jarius Byrd. His coverage grade – the thing Berry is knocked for the most – ranked third amongst all safeties, behind only Devin McCourty and Troy Polamalu.

Two quotes:

“Eric Berry shows a lot of greatness.” – Keenan Allen

“In time, he could go down as one of the greatest safeties of all-time.” - Jeremy Maclin.

You can watch Berry’s video here.

Hali shows up on the list at number 43, which isn’t too shabby. This means the Chiefs’ duo of pass rusher rank 43rd and 57th on the NFL’s Top 100 list. Throw in Dee Ford and the Chiefs edge rush is going to be something special.

2013 was something of a rejuvenation for Hali, who took a small step back in 2012 where he had just a +3 PFF grade. He rebounded to post a 26.8 overall grade in 2013, which included a significant improvement to his run defense.

It should be noted Hali only had two sacks after week eight of the season, so he should benefit greatly from having a healthy Houston and Ford to back him up.

Two quotes:

“If you want to take somebody in the back ally with you to have a street fight, Tamba Hali would be my first choice.” – Derrick Johnson

“He knows how to use his hands really well. It’s almost like a Mr. Miyagi double-hand-swipe.” – Khalif Barnes

You can watch Hali’s video here.

Kansas City now has four players on the Top 100 list: Hali, Berry, Justin Houston Is The 57th Best Player In The NFL” href=”http://arrowheadaddict.com/2014/06/05/justin-houston-57th-best-player-nfl/” target=”_blank”>Houston, and Johnson. We can assume Jamaal Charles will be on the list at some point in the next few weeks. Will the Chiefs be able to place more than five players?

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  • Tyler Alexander

    Poe could make it but I think is name would have been called already.

    • mnelson52

      I think Poe should make the top 100, but like you, I think he would have been called by now.

  • A1 Yola

    My only gripe with Him is His handling of Gates. That’s the only time He struggles. I think he should be able to cover Him by Himself. This year, Berry will be on an island plying deep safety. I believe He performs better around the LOS.

    • Kisersosay

      Gates had 3 rec for 21 yards and ZERO TD’s. I would say he has Gates covered….”by himself”

      • A1 Yola

        I hear ya, but Gates Owned Him every other game they played!

        • mnelson52

          That was the only game he played against him in 2013. In 2012 he was trying to get back up to speed from ACL surgery. In 2011 he didn’t play because of ACL. In 2010 he was a rookie. I think he can handle Gates now.

          • jimfromkcj

            Geez, I would hope so. Gates was playing with a bad foot the last couple of years and is at the end of his career, while Berry should be at the top of his game.

        • Kisersosay

          Uh no….Berry had one bad game against Gates – 1st game rookie year (2010). 5-76 with 1TD. Gates had 0-0-0 in second game in 2010. 2011 Berry was out. In 2012 1st game 3-43-1 td and in 2nd game 3-59-0 td. in 2013 3-21-0 td. It is funny how someone can remember one bad game and transpose it as being “owned” by Gates ” every other game….By the way Gates best stats against us was in 2011 while Berry was out. Combined 7 for 132 yds for both games.

  • jimfromkcj

    Who would you rather have, Chanceller for 5.8 million or Berry for 11.7 million? Seattle pays their off line starters 20.8 million and the chiefs pay their starters 9 million. Seahawks have 8.4 million cap space and the chiefs 3.5 million. Guess who are the super bowl champions. One team knows how to navigate the salary cap and one team doesn’t. Makes all the difference.

    • ChiefTucson

      Most of the salary cap comes from the Pioli era and the current NFL and Players agreement which caps rookies pay helping Seattle more than the Chiefs.

      • jimfromkcj

        Chief, you are absolutely wrong, Pioli left leaving Dorsey around 20 million in cap space. Dorsey spent like a drunken sailor last year and topped it off with Bowe’s criminal contract. he also used a first rd pick on Fisher who is a question mark whether he can be a starter at the position he was picked for. That is a huge mistake about to happen. He also let Swartz walk for a pedestrian contract from the giants. And he was the highest rated off lineman last year. I would almost wager that before this year is over the fans will be calling for a new regime at Arrowhead.

        • Michael Shaw

          jim……Schwartz was not staying here no matter what we would have offered him. He wanted to be back in NY, so there was NO shot at a contract with us. As for Fisher…………really? Give me a break. Let the kid actually start playing his more natural position on Alex’s blind side before you start calling him a bust. Based on what I saw last year it looked as though Fisher wasn’t catching up to NFL speed and the nagging injuries last year didn’t help. Who would you have rather had them pick last year at #1? The other OL that was touted as being our pick ended up with a more serious injury than Fisher had so we have NO way of knowing whether he would have done any better than Fisher. If you look at his college tape and even some of the games he had last year, the kid flashes a mean streak of a DL or NT and doesn’t seem to give up on plays. He will be fine at LT. As for Bowes “criminal contract”…………if he can manage to bring the playoff game he had against INDY to every game this year, we might seem him break some of his own stats. Everything I am hearing from the off season program the guy is has come into this year with a mission…………….when he isn’t smoking weed with Willie that is. Based on his production and skill set I don’t think Bowe was over paid. He just has to earn it and if you can believe the AA staff he appears to be ready to do that so far in the OTA sessions.

          • jimfromkcj

            Mick, Where have you got the idea that Schwarz wanted to go back to NY? The guy’s home town is LA, Ca. and his college was Oregon. He was drafted by Carolina and then one year for the Vikes before coming to KC. He signed with the Giants for 16.8 million for 4 years with 6.2 mill Guarnteed. A very team friendly contract. And Schwartz was a guy who was good in the locker room and wasn’t having run ins with the law every time you pick up a news paper.

          • Michael Shaw

            Jim you are correct. I was confusing Schwartz’s career with DeVito’s career. My apologies.

        • mnelson52

          That 20 mil. cap space is one of the reasons we were 2-14. Dorsey had to spend that money to get us back in competition. He will work his way through the cap problem, plus he has worked us in to around 11 picks in the draft next year. You can’t fix everything in a year or two.