Ok, ok, ok. I know we've been through this for months now. And shout out to all the people who has this idea. We've been talking about possible linebacker. And things seem to finally open up. The trade deadline is up in next 6 days and I really don't see anything happening. But if something were to, this would be my guess.
It's no secret that our LB depth and strength is the biggest question on our defense. Akeem has been playing pretty well, but he's still got some growing to do. Gocong is playing hide'n'seek (with the exception of that sack, I really can't find him half the time), and we had to bring Jeremiah out of retirement (not that it was a bad thing, just adding to the scenario). Someone brought this idea up awhile back and while the idea was good, the problem was that we had to face them in the coming weeks and it wouldn't be the smartest idea to trade a useful player to a team you are about to face. Now that the game has come and gone, somethings have fallen into place.
Recently, Derrick Thomas was put on the bench in favor of Demarrio Williams (who?) even though Derrick was off to as good as start this year as he has had. He was unable to play against us due to injury, but thanks to some rehab (and some time on the bench) his is back to near 100%. Problem was, however, his coach is Todd Haley. When this year started the team had switched the defense to a 3-4. Johnson looked forward to this, but it went to hell (along with the Chiefs hopes of a decent season) and it seems Todd Haley has had enough of his two better defensive players (Glenn Dorsey and Derrick Johnson).
For those who don't know, Johnson, a natural SLB, was switched to MLB when he was drafted and while he hasn't been a man possessed he hasn't been bad. But then again, who has really been immaculate on the Chief's D lately? I was reading bird'n'raiders post today and I did a little looking and found this...
And let the talks begin. Derrick is a natural SLB and could possibly take over the spot from Gocong. I might receive a little hate from this from people saying, "Why give up on Gocong already? He has been good. His stats just don't speak for it." And personally I'm not one to look at stats--but when if your a healthy starting LB and you've only put up 11 tackles in 4 games, something is not right. Even Macho has put up more tackles then that. Plus he seems to miss more tackles then he makes lately. Lets get it straight Gocong is a 3-4 LB. He would be good for the Chiefs 3-4. Not our defense. Considering the fact that Derrick only stands to make $1.5 million this year, it isn't a bad idea.
If you need anymore reason to why we should at least consider him....just watch this: