Let's be clear:
NFL 100: At No. 25, John Hannah was maybe NFL's best offensive lineman ever — ‘He had no weaknesses’"He had everything it takes,” ex-coach Raymond Berry said. “Size. Strength. Mentality. … He was the complete offensive lineman.”theathletic.com
These days, Hannah’s direction isn’t pointed much to football, though he’s seen enough games to make this observation: “For an offensive lineman, the way we’d pass protect, it’d be a lot harder (today) because those quarterbacks are moving around so much,” he said. “The only guys that really stay in the pocket and understand the offensive lineman’s situation that I’ve seen are guys like (Tom) Brady. He kind of sits in the pocket and understands that the safest place for him is up front … because the offensive lineman doesn’t have eyes in his ass and he doesn’t know where the quarterback is unless he’s where he’s supposed to be. You’re blocking an area and if he doesn’t stay in that area, it makes it awfully hard. A lot of these quarterbacks are dancing around and moving around.”
And yet Hannah says he doesn’t watch a lot of football. Asked why that is, he said, “You want the honest answer, or the fabricated answer?”
We chose Door No. 1.
“I think the game’s lost a lot,” he said. “A couple things, one, I don’t like all the politics. They ought to just play ball and quit trying to friggin’, they don’t know what’s going on anyway, and they’re all making good money and they b*tch about the country. So I don’t understand that.
“And another thing, heck, I don’t like the rules changes,” he said. “I think it’s gotten to be a real wussy sport.”
Putting the kneelers and Goodell in body bags.
As the genesis of the Steeler modern dynasty is the hiring of Chuck Noll, and its foundation is the drafting of Mean Joe Greene, the genesis of the Patriots' competitiveness in the Super Bowl era is the hiring of Chuck Fairbanks, and its foundation is the drafting of John Hannah. Right away, Greene and Hannah terrorized their respective sides of the ball. It took a unique combination of freak events to keep Hog from multiple Super Bowl rings (Dreith debacle, Sullivan cheapness, Tatum cheap shot, Berry enchantment with Eason). John Hannah is much closer to Tom Brady in greatness and importance to the Patriots franchise than is acknowledged. No, I do not consider Anthony Munoz or anyone else to be as good or better than John Hannah. They weren't afraid of Munoz. Everyone was terrified of John. If they weren't they were deluding themselves as they lay on their back.