The Kansas City Chiefs were represented by several players, past and present, in Pro Football Focus’ All-Decade Top 101 team.
The staff at Pro Football Focus has finished unveiling their Top 101 players of the last decade in the National Football League and the Kansas City Chiefs were fairly well-represented, especially in the bottom half of the list.
Technically, the Chiefs are represented at No. 23 overall with cornerback Darrelle Revis, although no one should be satisfied by his inclusion here. Revis Island was a very real thing to be feared by NFL quarterbacks but not during his lackluster final season in K.C.
A bit further down the list, you’ll find pass rusher Justin Houston at No. 46 and it’s here the Chiefs are finally included. Yet even here, there’s a caveat because it seemed as if Houston’s most recent turn in Indianapolis was helpful to land this high. Per PFF:
"“…last season a reduced role in Indianapolis saw him have his most productive pass-rushing season in years (60 pressures) and his best overall PFF grade (87.2) since 2015.”"
At No. 50, tight end Travis Kelce finally arrives and, with it, a nice exhale. Finally a longtime member of the Chiefs is here for completely Chief reasons. Kelce’s greatness doesn’t need much discussion here, since we’ve spilled plenty of (digital) ink about the subject time and again. It’s just nice to see the best active tight end in the game get his due here on a list about longevity.
At No. 60, the Chiefs are once again represented with linebacker Derrick Johnson, the very sort of player they’ve been trying to find ever since he left the team. No. 66 is Tyrann Mathieu, who just wrapped his first season in K.C. as a do-it-all defensive back who turned into an instant leader in the secondary.
Pass rusher Tamba Hali lands at No. 78 by beginning this past decade with an incredible 103 pressures, per PFF, in his first year and putting in such consistent work thereafter. No. 86 brings up running back Jamaal Charles, perhaps the most elusive player in Chiefs history.
The Chiefs then round out the final three players on the list from No. 99 to 101. Former Chiefs center Rodney Hudson has been one of the best anchors in the NFL since he first arrived as the team’s second round pick in 2011. Mitchell Schwartz is finally receiving recognition as the league’s best right tackle. Safety Eric Berry closes the list here knowing that his talents should have taken him much higher if not for one of the most cursed careers in NFL history.