Washington Redskins: Top 30 players in franchise history
By Ian Cummings
The Redskins know how to find quality offensive tackles. But hitting on one isn’t enough. Good teams keep talent coming in, and they find a way to maintain continuity, even when the name on the back of the jersey might be different.
The second act is just as important as the first. And Jim Lachey, Joe Jacoby’s second act, found a way to carry the mantle.
Lachey wasn’t the same caliber player as Jacoby, but that’s like saying Matt Ryan isn’t as good as Aaron Rodgers. It goes without saying, but both are high quality, and the lesser player is borderline elite. At his peak, Lachey was one of the best in the business.
As the Redskins slowly phased out the regressing Jacoby from the left tackle position, they brought in Lachey, a former first-round pick who’d most recently played with the Raiders. In 1989, the Redskins moved Jacoby to right tackle and started Lachey at left tackle, and the results were immediate.
In 1989, Lachey cemented himself as yet another Hogs great, bulldozing the competition en route to All-Pro recognition. From 1989 to 1991, Lachey was a dominant force on the edge, and by the time his peak was over, he had been to the Pro Bowl twice, and recognized as an All-Pro player three times. And in 1991, he earned the rite of passage of any Hog: A Super Bowl ring. Lachey had both the team success and the individual accolades to form a legacy. No player asks for more.