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Derrick Johnson says Chiefs should be 'tough' after 2012 season

Linebacker Derrick Johnson thinks the Chiefs are "going to be very tough" after the conclusion of a trying 2012 campaign.

Jamie Squire

The Kansas City Chiefs, currently at 2-13, end their 2012 season on the road against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, but at least one member of the team believes there is hope on the horizon.

Here's linebacker Derrick Johnson talking about the Chiefs' improvement over the season, and the importance of perseverance in the long run:

"No. I think we've gotten better through the season. We were giving up a lot of points defensively early in the year, and we cut that down. So I think we've gotten better. That old saying, ‘Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger,' I mean after this year and what's all been going on, we're going to be very tough from this."

Kansas City has dropped three consecutive games since notching their second win of the season, a 27-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 13. Defensively, their 25.8 points per game given up ranks 25th in the league, and the 347.7 average yards allowed weekly puts them in 17th place in the NFL.

Johnson, the eight-year veteran from Texas, leads the team in tackles with 104 (and 119 combined tackles for the season). Additionally, he has two sacks and three forced fumbles along with two passes defensed for the Kansas City defense.