I've been waiting and waiting for Justin Houston's name on the Pro Football Focus top 101 players for 2014 list and finally, here he is...
He comes in behind No. 1 JJ Watt and No. 2 Aaron Rodgers. That's decent company, I guess.
You're going to need to read the whole thing but this part is very true, especially the last part:
2014 was the culmination of three years of development from Justin Houston that this season saw him become one of the league’s elite defensive players.
From the point that he entered the Chiefs’ starting lineup in Week 11 of 2011, Houston showed the ability to be one of the league’s best and most productive 3-4 outside linebackers. He put his two half-seasons of quality play in 2011 and 2012 together into an excellent full 2013 which he used as a springboard for this scintillating 2014 showing. In most other years, Houston’s level of performance and production would have seen him named Defensive Player of the Year.
Go read it!