Without the injuries Jim Lachey would’ve been a first ball of Hall of Famer. Because he was that good that big that dominant that strong and one of the top three offensive tackles of his era. But after the Redskins Super Bowl season in 1991 he was dealing with major injuries for most of the rest of his career that limited his time on the field. Because before the back injury in 93 or 94, we’re talking about the best offensive tackle in the NFL. At least in NFC, who was headed to the Hall of Fame for sure. Who was a big part of one of the most dominant Super Bowl champions of all-time in the 1991 Redskins.
I think the best play that I can remember with Jim Lachey was in 1988 or 89 and they’re playing the Dallas Cowboys at Dallas and he’s blocking Ed Too Tall Jones one-on-one one, one of the best defensive ends of the 1970s and 1980s and Lachey stood him up on a pass play and knocked him. Ed Jones, 6’9 285 pounds, moved like a great basketball player and Lachey 6’6, perhaps the only player that he had to block that was actually taller than him and as big if not bigger and Lachey knocks Jones completely out of the play.
Jim Lachey, 6’6 290-295 pounds, all muscle who wore that very well. I think he beefed up a little bit when he got to Washington, because he didn’t want to feel small compared with the Hogs, but don’t quote me on that. Great size and yet he was also very quick, who moved his feet very well. He was both a dominant pass blocker and run blocker, which is one thing that made the Hogs so special. And why the Redskins of the 1980s and early 1990s were both a great running team and vertical passing team. Because of their offensive line and the time the quarterback consistently got and the huge holes in the running game. And Big Jim I believe was the best of this group. And that alone should get him Hall of Fame consideration.