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"The Pro Bowl doesn't make your season," said Johnson. "It's just a little award and token for what you did during the season."
"Our job is to win the AFC West and we feel like we can do that. We were 3-3 in the AFC West this year with a couple of games that we felt we should have won. I think we grew during the season defensively. It started off pretty bad, but we were able to get better."
But inside and outside of Kansas City, the veteran linebacker still felt the love. It offered assurance from the outside that he had indeed taken his game to another level.
Derrick Johnson Felt The Love During Pro Bowl Season from The Mothership
In retrospect, the Chicago Bears' 25-day search for a general manager played out exactly as they said it would. Team president Ted Phillips made clear he wasn't looking to turn the organization upside down after firing Jerry Angelo on Jan. 3. No, as we discussed at the time, the Bears wanted someone who could bring a better hit rate as a talent evaluator.
Kansas City Chiefs executive Phil Emery emerged as a favorite early in the process because of his unique qualifications under those criteria, and for that reason, it was far from surprising to hear that the Bears hired him Saturday.
I remember when I played in Kansas City in the off-season we had eight-page quarterback tests. First page would be an essay; second page: multiple choice; third page: fill in the blank; fourth, fifth, sixth pages would be protections, where you had to draw up a protection versus eight different fronts. Then there would be short-answer questions. Honestly, it was about a 45-minute test. It was unbelievable.
NFL Quarterbacks Aren't Being Taught Well Enough from The Los Angeles Times
Kansas City Chiefs: Romeo Crennel
When the Chiefs hired Crennel as their head coach, everyone was happy, from the front office to the players. Crennel certainly won't have as long a leash as Fisher -- he'll have to show significant progress in the next two years. He does have the full support of the front office at the outset, though, so the players know he is in charge. The key hire for Crennel will be who he chooses to become his offensive coordinator. Will it be Jim Zorn from the current staff or former Dolphins coordinator Brian Daboll?
Crennel will try to follow the pattern of his mentor, Bill Belichick, who failed in his first head coaching gig in Cleveland and then went on to great success. By the way has there been a coach in Cleveland, since Paul Brown, who hasn't failed? Didn't think so.
The players love Crennel as evidenced by Kansas City's strong finish, but love only goes so far on a football field. The Chiefs need more offense, so a defensive guy like Crennel is going to have to put a lot of faith in his yet-to-be named offensive coordinator.
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Robinson and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali have also consoled each other this week. They both attended Penn State at the same time and are making their first Pro Bowl appearances together this week.
"We talked about it. We shared some soft moments about it. It was definitely a sad day for college football," said Robinson, who replaced injured Green Bay fullback John Kuhn for Sunday's game.
Seahawks' Robinson Returns To Pro Bowl After Saying Farewell To Coach Paterno from The Associated Press via The Washington Post