[Kansas City.com] In an effort to both get more from an underachieving player and also shore up an important position, the Chiefs moved outside linebacker Derrick Johnson into the middle for the rest of the season, beginning with Sunday’s game at Denver.
Few players have been as disappointing to the 2-10 Chiefs this season as Johnson, potentially their best defensive talent. Johnson made play after play in the preseason, giving the Chiefs reason to believe he would have a big season.
At the same time, the Chiefs haven’t received what they wanted from their middle linebackers this season. Napoleon Harris was the starter when training camp began, Pat Thomas took over in the preseason and Rocky Boiman started there the last two games.
Boiman will move into Johnson’s place on the outside.
The decision is also aimed at next season. The Chiefs will have to rebuild at linebacker, where they will seek two new starters to join Johnson.
For now, none of their other five linebackers appear to be starting candidates next season. The Chiefs seem to be more comfortable with Boiman, Thomas and Demorrio Williams as backups.