December 11, 2013 4:25 PM

Derrick Johnson has set the tone early for Chiefs with big defensive plays

Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson has had a knack for making impact plays early in games that have been instrumental in the Chiefs’ 10-3 record and moving to within a victory of clinching a playoff spot. That freedom must be earned, and the coaching staff believes Johnson, 31, deserves it.

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