How can Justin Houston top a season where he beat the single-season franchise sack record from Derrick Thomas and came within a half sack of the NFL record?
"You beat 22 (sacks)," Houston said in a segment with Marshall Faulk on NFL Network.
Houston made it clear what his goal is next season. After finishing with 22 sacks, he wants Michael Strahan's NFL record of 22.5 sacks.
"You gotta stay motivated," Houston said. "I gotta go back to see what I did to get 22 and build off of that. My goal is to get the record. i'm going to try to come back even stronger.
Houston said he wants to set the record a little higher. The Chiefs will franchise tag Houston, who just finished the final year of his contract, if they can't strike an agreement on a long-term deal. For his part, Houston is saying the right things. He wants to stay in Kansas City.
"I would like to stay in Kansas City," Houston said. "Me and coach Reid, we have a relationship going on. He's a great coach. He's part of the reason I got 22 sacks. He pulled me off to the side to keep me motivated and always pushing me in practice and never letting me take days off. I like how he pushes me."
Interesting to hear him credit Reid because Tamba Hali said in a 610 Sports interview earlier this week that the way Reid kept him fresh was a big part of him wanting to keep playing.
Look at the big picture of this Houston situation. The Chiefs want to keep Houston. Houston wants to remain a Chief. It's a HUGE contract so there will be bumps along the way but when both sides want something to happen, it usually does.