Last night on NFL Network’s Top 100 Countdown show, left tackle Jake Long was revealed not only as the 28th best player in the NFL as voted by his peers, but as the single best offensive lineman in the game today. Of the 13 total lineman put in the Top 100 by players around the league, Long was the highest rated, despite having only played three seasons in the NFL.
Keith Sims knows a thing or two about offensive line play. In his 11-year career, he made three Pro Bowls, establishing himself as one of the top guards in the league. He also knows something about great left tackles, having spent much of his career playing next to Richmond Webb, who is a member of the Dolphins Honor Roll.
Here’s what Keith had to say about Jake’s place in the Top 100 and how he compares to one of the all-time greats…
Guest Blog, by Keith Sims
Jake has been everything that you would hope for from your franchise LT and has been an elite LT in this league since the day he signed his first contract. Jake Long is not only the leader of this Dolphins offensive line, but a team leader.
What he did playing through the shoulder injury in the 2010 season earned him much respect from his fellow players in the NFL. So much so, they voted him as one of the top 30 players of the 2011 season. It also earned him respect from the former Dolphins linemen who have achieved greatness wearing the Dolphin uniform.
I have to admit that I am biased when you ask me about the best OT in Dolphins history. To me, Richmond Webb is #1 period. Seven years in the league, seven straight Pro Bowls. Jake Long has three years in the league and three Pro bowls. They are also very different players. Webb was so graceful and he used his long arms to keep defenders at bay. Jake is a huge man, with great strength. Jake maybe a better technician than Webb was at this stage in their careers. That said, Richmond always made it look easy whether blocking Derrick Thomas, Bruce Smith or Reggie White.
Richmond is still the #1 OT in Dolphins history, but in three short years, Jake Long is already the #2 OT in Dolphins history. If Jake can stay healthy, there is no reason that he won’t challenge Webb as to who ends up being the best OT in Dolphins history period!
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