Last week, Pro Football Focus ranked and broke down their Top 101 NFL Players of 2012 and only one player from the Kansas City Chiefs cracked the list. The Chiefs had six Pro Bowlers last season, opening up speculation on how some of the others were not recognized. ILB Derrick Johnson was the lone player listed at #67, leaving guys like RB Jamaal Charles and LB Tamba Hali out of the top 101. Here is PFF's breakdown on the only Chief selected:
Inside Linebacker, Derrick Johnson: #67
While the Chiefs suffered a disappointing 2012, it wasn't for the efforts of Johnson. As impactful against the run as any defender in the league, Johnson was as good as it gets finding his way to the ballcarrier. Whether he be working through traffic or shedding blocks, it was an exhibition of what makes a great run defender in the 3-4.
Best Performance in 2012: Week 10 at Pittsburgh
Key Stat: His 60 defensive stops in the run game were the most of any inside linebacker.
They definitely got it right when breaking down DJ's run defense. He is no doubt one of the best in the league in stuffing the run and there is no reason why it shouldn't continue with Johnson in the heart of his prime.
But to see guys like Jamaal Charles and Tamba Hali not on the list kind of leaves Chiefs fans scratching their heads. With Hali's nine sacks and forced fumble in 2012, certainly you would think his play would earn him on the top 101 from last season. Jamaal Charles ran for 1,509 yards on only 285 attempts a year ago with inefficient QB play. That was more than four running backs that made PFF's list. Only Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, and rookie Alfred Morris ran for more yards.
Yes the Chiefs were a bad football team last year. Yes they didn't run the rock more than they should have last year. But when Charles was handed the ball he was productive more often than not. So to not crack a list of 101 players really makes you wonder about who constructed that list. But last year was last year. Chiefs fans and NFL fans know what Jamaal Charles is capable of when used correctly and if he is used correctly in 2013 you can be sure not only will he be on next year's list, but he will be ranked high.
What are your thoughts on the 2012 list from Pro Football Focus?
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