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

Is Derrick Johnson The Best Middle Linebacker In NFL?

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We have Chiefs fans have known this for quite some time but it appears some of the rest of the NFL world is starting to catch on to the fact that Derrick Johnson is really good at football. Pete Damilatis went on a bit of a Twitter rant about Johnson and suggested that if Johnson is not the best middle linebacker in the NFL then he certainly is in the discussion.

Pete notes the one thing Johnson doesn’t have on his resume is a “number one season” where he was definitely the best middle linebacker in the game. Patrick Willis seems to have always found a way to either be the number one rated middle linebacker in football or at least find himself a notch ahead of Johnson. This would seem to indicate Damilatis would give the number one spot to Willis.

But the number two spot? That’s definitely in play for Johnson. 

Johnson has been the Chiefs most consistent performer on defense since jumpstarting his career in 2009, and has in many ways been the heart and soul of this franchise. He is the longest tenured Chiefs player and plays with a very team-friendly contract. It will be interesting to see what the Chiefs do after the 2015 season when both he and Jamaal Charles are scheduled to be free agents.

For now, let’s enjoy the fact that Kansas City has arguably the best middle linebacker in the game.

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