Reading through some of the excellent football books of the
The prevailing theory was that most teams were "right-handed" and usually had the tight end on the right side of the offensive formation and therefore was able to help with right tackle block a particularly nasty defensive end. As such, the left defensive end needed more heft and strength than his counterpart on the other end of the line.
It was not a set-in-stone thing, for various reasons it didn't work out like that. The Steelers Steel Curtain had 6-6, 245, LC Greenwood on the left and 6-4, 260, Dwight White on the right. But usually it broke down in that fashion with Ed Jones (left) and Harvey Martin (right) and Claude Humphrey (left) and John Zook (right) and Youngblood (left) and Fred Dryer (right).
As with the Greenwood/White exception, there were others, but one is still puzzling. The 1976 Kansas City Chiefs had one disparity between right and left for the ages.
First a short background. In 1974 the Chiefs traded Curly Culp to the Houston Oilers for John Matuszak. The
So, in 1975 with a 280 pound left end and a 300 pound right end the Chiefs had a good outside pass rush with Young totalling 12-½ sacks and Matuszak 5-½. So, that takes the story to 1976. Matuszak goes to Washington for a stint, but ends the season with the Super Bowl Champion Oakland Raiders. His replacement was 6-2, 220
Whatever the reason, the production fell off, in 1976 Paul totaled 3-½ sacks and Young 1-½. The following year Paul had 3-½ and Young had 5-½. In 1978 the Chiefs