Ryan Lilja, Derrick Johnson Are Unsung Stars

The USA Today started their “All-Joe” team back in 1992 as their tribute to former Kansas City Chiefs lineman Joe Phillips and the work he did without much praise.  So it is only appropriate that the Chiefs place a couple players on the 2010 team.

G: Ryan Lilja, Chiefs —Plucked off Colts’ scrap heap, he was a linchpin in K.C.’s top-ranked rushing attack despite battling thumb and foot injuries.

MLB/ILB: Derrick Johnson, Chiefs— After a rocky start under Todd Haley in 2009 — Johnson lost his starting job — he put it all together in 2010 with a career-high 121 tackles and four forced fumbles.

There are only so many spots on the “All-Joe” squad, but I would have loved to see Ron Edwards and Casey Wiegmann find their way onto the team.  Both players went out there and did their jobs all season long without much attention.  When Wiegmann passed 10,000 consecutive snaps there was a brief spotlight on him, but that faded all too quickly.

The best thing we can take out of all these awards and teams isn’t that the Chiefs are being represented but that we can argue for more to be included.  It’s a sign of a team that, as much as Todd Haley might not like to acknowledge, is ready to take the next step past “developing”.

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