I just want to start out by thanking some of my teammates who helped me get the Defensive Player of the Week award last week.
It starts in the meeting rooms. We have Keith Brooking, a veteran guy — he doesn’t let me gloat or think about the achievements I’ve got. I really appreciate having Keith in the locker room. He is a guy that really keeps me humble. He told us earlier, he’s been playing 15 years. If you add up the years of the rest of the group, we haven’t really had close to the type of experience he’s had. So, I think it all starts with Keith and he’s been playing great for us.
Then on the back end, there is Chris Harris, Champ Bailey, Rahim Moore, Tony Carter and Mike Adams — without their lockdown coverage, I don’t think I’d be able to be the type of pass rusher I am.
Aldon Smith texted me right after the 49ers game about taking away my sack lead. He and J.J. Watt have a little lead on me now, but all three of us were drafted in the first round last year and we have a pretty cool relationship. I think our success will be determined based on whoever is in New Orleans at the end of the year though. That’s what we’re trying to do. Our focus is on a tough Kansas City team this week and that’s all I’ve been thinking about. I congratulated Aldon after his game, and hopefully he’ll be congratulating me after this game.
I remember playing at Arrowhead Stadium last year and at the end of the National Anthem the fans yell, “And the home of the Chiefs.” That really stood out to me. Derrick Thomas played there and I really love Derrick Thomas. To go back to a place where he dominated for so many years is really special to me. It’s humbling to be mentioned with Derrick Thomas. I loved watching him play.
We’re just taking it one day at a time though to reach our goals as a team.