Now that we’ve gotten the offense out of the way, it’s time to get to the guys who make the difference between winning and losing.
Whoever came up with the adage that “defense wins championships” knew exactly what they were talking about.
Even in today’s NFL where points aren’t hard to come by, you have to find a way to stop the opposition if you’re going to win.
So as we reach the eighth part of this 12-part throwback series, it’s time to deal with the defenders. We’ll start with linebackers, both inside and outside.
The criteria are multifaceted and one legend doesn’t fit all. We are talking style as much as anything because, after all, the eye test is still the best pop quiz ever. But other factors will be taken into account when making comparisons.
One reminder: This is not a ranking of the 10 best linebackers in the NFL. It’s some of the best players at their position and who they remind us of from the distant or not-too-distant past.