#4: Offensive Line – Chiefs boast an incredible history amongst the big men up front.
This group may be a little bit overvalued in our rankings, but when you’ve got two of the best at their positions in all of NFL history pulling up your overall average, you can get over-slotted as a result.
In Hall of Fame guard Will Shields and Hall of Fame tackle Willie Roaf, the Chiefs have exactly that—two of the best offensive linemen in NFL history.
It’s not like the rest of this position group is chalk full with a bunch of slouches, either. At the tackle position the Chiefs also boast a significant HOF snub in Jim Tyrer, Mitchell Schwartz, John Alt, Eric Fisher and Jerry Cornelison. At guard, the Chiefs feature Ed Budde, Brian Waters, Dave Szott, Branden Albert, Billy Krisher and Marvin Terrell. Finally, the team’s centers who’ve been honored include: Jack Rudnay, Tim Grunhard and Jon Gilliam. (Note: E.J. Holub was named to multiple All-Pro teams and Pro Bowls, but always as a linebacker, though he deserves mention here).
When taken as a whole, we are left with 17 1st Team All-Pro selections and 48 Pro Bowlers in the teams’ 60 year history. The Chiefs have averaged having a Pro Bowl offensive lineman in 80% of all seasons as a franchise. That is remarkable.
Certainly one could argue that since the overall average of this unit is lower than other groups (there are more starting offensive linemen on a team than any other position, so more chances to artificially buffer this unit), that they should be lower than here on the list. Despite that, we slotted them as the fourth best position group in team history based on relative consistency, and the fact that the Hall of Famers here are amongst the best in the history of the league.