This coming Saturday night when the Patriots welcome the Houston Texans to very chilly Foxboro, not only will we be watching the Patriots demolish the Texans, but we will also be seeing Chris Long’s first ever playoff appearance. As the son of Hall Of Famer, Howie Long, Chris has always had a lot of attention surrounding him since he entered the league with the St. Louis Rams. Even though Chris hasn’t been at his best since 2013, he is still able to provide incredible pass rushing from time-to-time despite having spent much of the two seasons prior to this one sidelined with injuries.
As a guy who has always been known to play hard, being in the playoffs must be incredible for him. High-energy and high-effort guys like Chris are generally successful in the playoffs as they’re used to using all of the extra adrenaline that comes with being in the playoffs.
Having spent 8 long years in St. Louis with the Rams prior to this year, it’s easy to understand why he hasn’t seen any playoff action. He anchored a very talented defense there for a number of years, however never received the proper credit because the Rams are… well… the Rams. Now that he is in an organization that is constantly under the spotlight and will be attempting to make a run at the Super Bowl he should finally receive some well-deserved credit.
“He may rip Brockstars head off” is something that our founder, Andrew Tomasi, said to me yesterday. The scary thing is, that may indeed happen. The Texans don’t have an overly talented offensive line, Brock Osweiler isn’t the most mobile of men, and Chris Long is vicious. He’s going to be out for blood in his first playoff game, so look for him to get some. Or at least make a few big plays.