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Mike Brown named AFC defensive player of the week

Kansas City Chiefs safety Mike Brown picked off two passes in Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders, and today he learned that he’s been named the AFC defensive player of the week.

It’s the second player of the week award of Brown’s career; he won an NFC defensive player of the week award in 2001, when he played for the Bears. Brown is the first Chiefs safety to win the award since Jerome Woods in 1997.

Both of Brown’s interceptions came off Raiders backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who came in after JaMarcus Russell was benched. The first interception came at midfield and set up a Chiefs field goal, and the second (which bounced off the hands of Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey) came at the Chiefs’ 10-yard line with 38 seconds left to seal the win.

Brown has started all nine games for the Chiefs this season, his first year in Kansas City after playing nine seasons for the Bears.

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14 Responses to “Mike Brown named AFC defensive player of the week”
  1. shinsnake says: Nov 18, 2009 10:48 AM

    Even a blind squirrel can find a nut? I don’t know much about this guy or whether that statement applies, but I was getting a kick out of Deion making fun of him for every long play he let past him in week 9 and how he was always out of position. I thought he was pretty good in Chicago.

  2. Otis Taylor 89 says: Nov 18, 2009 10:50 AM

    “Brown is the first Chiefs safety to win the award since Jerome Woods in 1997.”
    Very quick math suggests that’s close to 220 weeks between AFC defensive player of the week awards.

  3. Bob Nelson says: Nov 18, 2009 10:51 AM

    Mike Brown has always been a quality player.

  4. mooremi9 says: Nov 18, 2009 10:55 AM

    He should send Darrius Heyward-Bey AKA “Featherstone” (Necessary Roughness) a thank you card for his award.

  5. Action Dan says: Nov 18, 2009 10:58 AM

    Glad to see him stay healthy and making plays.
    Also glad the Bears decided to let him go after his first full season in a while…. morons.

  6. Bobarian says: Nov 18, 2009 11:03 AM

    Who ever makes these selections must not have watched the game. He wasn’t even the best defensive player of that game. Tamba Hali and Brandon Flowers both had better games than Brown.
    Flowers caused the first interception while Brown was standing there watching.
    Heyward-Bey should have caught a well thrown ball while Brown was playing off of him.
    Brown missed a tackle that allowed the Raiders their 1 TD.

  7. Common Sense says: Nov 18, 2009 11:10 AM

    The Raiders Offense should’ve won Defensive Player of the Week.

  8. rockotica says: Nov 18, 2009 11:12 AM

    bobarian said it perfectly, especially the last sentence. he should not even be a starter.

  9. gooboy6 says: Nov 18, 2009 11:15 AM

    he is always around the ball which is a good thing but he has lost a step or two. nice award for him but he won’t be with Chiefs next year unless it is a backup role

  10. pholmes says: Nov 18, 2009 11:18 AM

    Mike Brown has been atrocious this year. I’m a lifelong Chiefs fan (lucky me) and he has been burnt on around 50 plays that have went for 50 yards or more. Just last week he got burnt bad by Sims-Walker on a long td. To me 2 ints in a game in his case was a lot of luck and he still stinks.

  11. Midway Monster says: Nov 18, 2009 11:27 AM

    @ Action Dan
    Perhaps you should read the postings of the real Chiefs fans which should enlighten you to who the real moron is.

  12. Action Dan says: Nov 18, 2009 12:12 PM

    I’ve watched the majority of the Chiefs games this year, and Mike Brown has certainly not played as bad, individually, as these fans are saying. It’s hard to be a great player on a bad defense.
    Bottom line: Peanut Tillman is the only DB on the Bears roster now that is better than Mike Brown, who you could’ve easily kept.
    Enjoy getting shredded by the Eagles this Sunday.

  13. Sow Crates says: Nov 18, 2009 12:26 PM

    For as long as I can remember, Mike Brown’s interceptions have always occured when he was a free-floating when all receivers are manned-up.
    Basically, Mike Brown would only get an interception if the defensive line pressured the QB and if the man coverage was tight enough to force the QB into a poor decision to try and thread the needle. Now some safeties are incapable of performing that, which is why Mike Brown has a job. However, Mike Brown never creates his own plays, he just never screws up when the opposing offense and when his own defense chalks up a freebie
    I didn’t shed tears when he left Chicago and there’s no reason to get carried away with what is essentially a safety who only makes big plays when he is a QB spy every play.

  14. HughJassPhD says: Nov 18, 2009 1:04 PM

    Kansas City Chiefs safety Mike Brown picked off two passes in Sunday’s win over the Oakland Raiders, and today he learned that he’s been named the AFC defensive player of the week.
    Really? Getting 2 picks off the Raiders earns you the DPOTW?
    That’s no harder than giving your little brother a noogie or a wedgie.
    Standards are shrinking.

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