Friday, January 6, 2012
Johnson, Weddle named All-Pro
By Bill Williamson
Two AFC West players made all All-Pro honors.
Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson and San Diego safety Eric Weddle were honored by The Associated Press for their performances this season.
Both players were outstanding in 2011. Johnson had 133 tackles and he was a consistent playmaker for the Chiefs. Weddle was tied for the NFL league with seven interceptions and he was always around the ball. Both players have recently signed contract extensions and should be in the AFC West for a long time.
Oakland punter Shane Lechler and Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski were also first-team candidates, yet San Francisco punter Andy Lee and San Francisco kicker David Akers were named to the All-Pro Team.
In other AFC West news:
A big playoff run by Tim Tebow and the Broncos would be shocking, but ESPN Stats & Information shows unlikely playoff success has happened before.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones is staying in school so there is one less quarterback available in the draft if Denver tries to replace Tebow in the first round.
The Raiders and Chiefs had trouble with penalties on special teams, while the Chargers committed the fewest penalties on special teams in the NFL. After being awful on special teams last year, the Chargers made good strides this season.
TebowMania lives … in Chicago.