Nov 17, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) returns a fumble in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Derrick Johnson Talks Discipline; Hali and Houston Injury and More

Many people need their coffee to get up and going in the morning, and especially in the middle of the afternoon when things are starting to drag.  Here at Arrowhead Addict, we understand that for a Chiefs fan, coffee is simply not enough.

Here’s all that’s happening around Chiefs Kingdom today.

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Today is the league mandated day-off for all the players in the NFL, but there is still plenty to talk about in Chiefs Kingdom.

The Denver Broncos are coming to town this Sunday for a rematch of the game in which the Chiefs suffered their first loss two weeks ago. Quite a lot has happened since that chilly evening in the Mile High city. One of the constants though is Chiefs all-pro linebacker, Derrick Johnson.

Reid Ferrin sat down with the perennial pro-bowler and talked about several things from discipline to the Arrowhead Stadium crowd.

“They help us a lot,” Johnson said. “The crowd is our 12th man. It’s an opportunity for the (opposing) offense to be flustered, not get their checks and help to make some things not to go perfect on the offensive side of the ball. The crowd helps us out on defense and we get after the quarterback pretty good here at home and we’re looking forward to being in that situation.”

Check out the whole piece here.

While Johnson is a mainstay with the Chiefs, two other huge pieces of the defensive puzzle were lost in the defeat against the San Diego Chargers this past Sunday. Terez Paylor at the Kansas City Star talks about how “flukey” that is and more in his piece.

The fact Tamba Hali and Justin Houston both got injured in the very same quarter Sunday seems pretty fluky in retrospect, especially when you consider that those two — along with linebacker Derrick Johnson and safety Eric Berry — were the only starters to play every defensive snap of every game since the season opener against Jacksonville.

Finally, Chris Hansen at Bleacher Report has a great piece up this morning about the Chiefs defense and exactly what has happened to the best squad in the league.
The Kansas City Chiefs looked a lot like the 2000 Baltimore Ravens for the first nine games, but their vaunted defense has disappeared over the last two weeks. It only really takes one bad play to erase a season’s worth of production in the playoffs, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that it only took two bad games to erase Kansas City’s hot defensive start.
The Chiefs are in a must win situation this week against the Broncos, at least as far as the AFC Playoff picture is concerned. Let’s hope the players get some good rest today and start back to work ready to win tomorrow.

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