The NFL announced today that Derrick Johnson has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
He joins LB Tamba Hali as the second Chiefs player to win the honor in 2010, the first time a pair of Chiefs linebackers have claimed the award in a season since LBs Derrick Thomas and Tracy Simien (’91). It is the third POW honor of Johnson’s career.
Johnson (6-3, 242) produced career-highs with 17 tackles (12 solo) and four passes defensed at St. Louis (12/19). He was part of a Chiefs defense that allowed a season-low 224 yards of total offense and limited Rams RB Steven Jackson to 67 rushing yards.
In 14 starts on the season, Johnson has 134 tackles (97 solo), a sack (-11.0 yards), an INT return for a 15-yard TD, 12 passes defensed, four forced fumbles and three QB pressures. He is tied for third in the AFC and sixth in the NFL with four forced fumbles.
All he continues to do is prove that he is worth every penny of that $34 million contract extension. Considering where Johnson was last season as a backup to come all the way to the point a lot of us expected him to reach years ago is just incredible.
The weekly joke is how many potential interceptions Johnson has dropped, but don’t forget that you have to keep finding the ball in order to even have the opportunity. He keeps putting himself in a position to make a big play and just like last season, eventually he will find himself in the end zone on a pick six (or two).