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Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson Hitting His Prime

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Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson is starting to hit his prime.

Those are his words -- not mine.

He talked with Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star Telegram this week about the struggle we call the 2009 Chiefs season and coming back with a vengeance this year.

The big hubbub last year was of course DJ not starting (sound familiar, Jamaal?) but he says now that it's all said and done, he's better for what took place last year.

"I've always started my whole life, going back to Pee Wee. Not starting was just uncomfortable; it was probably a little inconvenient for me. In life, you've got to take situations and make it positive. Even though I still wanted to play last year, I'm a much stronger player this year because of it. Everything's worked out for the good."

And with that, I think Todd Haley achieved his goal. He's got a motivated DJ and, with all the work he put in last year trying to become the starter, he has a better DJ.

As for DJ hitting his prime, I think he may be right. Think back to last year when Zach Thomas was on board and he said this would be DJ's best scheme. Perhaps we're seeing that unfold in front of our eyes.

There are a few good quotes in the story from DJ if you want to check it out.