The National Football League released its all-decade team for the 2010s Monday with seven Kansas City Chiefs making the cut.
Those selections include Eric Berry, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill (as a specialist), Jamaal Charles, Tyrann Mathieu, LeSean McCoy and Darelle Revis.
McCoy and Revis are recognized as Chiefs since they last played in Kansas City but their recognition on the all-decade team is almost entirely because of their contributions on their former teams. Mathieu, despite having a great first season with the Chiefs, also made his name with the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals. That leaves Kelce, Charles, Berry and Hill as the Chiefs’ main representatives.
All are deserving of the honor and I think a few more Chiefs could have made the cut.
The easiest choices come on the defensive front seven where Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and Derrick Johnson wreaked havoc throughout the decade. Houston recorded 78.5 sacks in eight seasons with the Chiefs including a season with 22 sacks which is tied for second all-time in a season. Hali played in Kansas City from 2006-17 and recorded double-digit sacks in three of the six seasons during the 2010s. Johnson posted two seasons in 2010 and 2011 of more than 100 solo tackles. All three linebackers posted team-leading numbers and were discussed among the top at their position throughout the decade.
The NFL’s all-decade team does not feature the fullback position but if it did, it would be difficult to argue anyone other than Anthony Sherman for the spot. Sherman doesn’t fill the stat sheet in the most popular ways but he has played 16 games in each of his seven seasons with the Chiefs. His snap counts on offense have dwindled since Patrick Mahomes took over the offense but his special teams usage has not changed at all as he is one of coordinator Dave Toub’s favorites.
Lastly, the longest-tenured member of the Chiefs, punter Dustin Colquitt. It’s hard to disagree with the NFL’s choices of Johnny Hecker and Shane Lechler but it can’t be ignored how Colquitt has made a 15-year career in Kansas City. Lechler and Hecker have the stats advantage but we’ve seen Colquitt put a lot of tough kicks in great field position throughout the decade.
Jason Brown is the sports editor of the Leavenworth Times. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org