Some Hogs got injured, other Hogs moved on but Jacoby was the steady presence for all three Super Bowl titles. He started at left tackle in Super Bowl XXII after the 1987 season and at right tackle in Super Bowl XXVI after the 1991 season. Along the way he made four Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro twice.
Does it have to be Cousins? No. But good luck finding one in the free agent market. You could try to find one in the middle rounds of the draft, someone like Russell Wilson or Dak Prescott. But, wait, the Redskins already did that when they drafted Cousins in the fourth round. The Seahawks have had to give Wilson the big deal and the Cowboys will have to do so with Prescott in a couple of years.
"He’s supposed to be the best and I wanted to go against him," Jacoby said. "You measure yourself that way and I enjoyed playing against him. I knew what I was getting. You prepare yourself during the week and in the offseason for those battles. I had the Reggie Whites and Richard Dents and Chris Doleman and Charles Haleys. It was week after week. You had to be on top of your game."
Atlanta was instead the second-best team in the league (5.36 yards per rush) against boxes stacked with eight men or more. The Patriots held up in those situations, though; they allowed just 53 yards on 28 rushing attempts, an average of 1.89 yards per attempt. As you might suspect, a run defense that is good regardless of how many men it has in the box rates out as pretty effective: The Pats finished the year fourth in rush defense DVOA.