Tamba Hali had a down year by his standards but his reputation around the NFL is still strong. NFL Network's top 100 players countdown got to No. 70, which was Kansas City Chiefs LB Tamba Hali. He was No. 43 last year.
One fun fact I learned: Only Charles Tillman has forced more fumbles since 2006 than Tamba Hali.
The best thing I can say about Tamba Hali is that there is literally no one else in the NFL I would rather have ahead of a young rookie like Dee Ford. There is no better teacher in the NFL when it comes to the technical aspects of the game than Tamba. Not only is he great at the technical part of the game but very few players exert as much effort as Tamba.
Here's what some other players had to say about Tamba:
Raiders TE Mychal Rivera: He's real physical. The way he sets the edge, he creates a real mismatch out there. Every down you have to come and be really physical with him or he's going to block you backwards.
Chiefs LB Dee Ford: His hands and feet are incredible. He's a martial artist out there on the field ... Tamba is a human wrecking ball.
Jaguars DT Ziggy Hood: What he does on the outside to get by, the way he leans and just goes by. The quick chop with the left arm or the right arm, he's moving too fast I can't even tell.
Steelers OT Kelvin Beachum: He's one of those lunch pail guys. You know you'er going to be in a fight for 60 minutes but it's going to feel like 120 minutes because he never stops.
Cowboys G Ryan Miller: He can play it all. He can play strong, he can play weak. He has enough physical motor, specimen, tools that really makes you re-think your game and your game plan against him ... The man will blow your socks off.