Kansas City Chiefs: Larry Johnson Speaks on Upcoming Season

Joe JonesCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 28:  Larry Johnson #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs is lifted by teammate Branden Albert #76 after scoring a touchdown against the Denver Broncos on September 28, 2008 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Okay Chief fans, Merrill Lynch has spoken and people listen. Larry Johnson has expressed that he is looking forward on being a Chief this year, but is he just blowing smoke?

With a short interview with Adam Teicher, Johnson expressed that he's happy with Pioli and Haley's training camp. The way I take it is, that it's less physical then Vermiel's previous camps and he's not being worked as hard.

Johnson also said that he has his eyes on the Chiefs all-time rushing record, but then noted that he will do whatever he has to do for the team. Still, as I read between the lines he seems to sound like the same old Larry, all about himself. Larry did say that he knows that he is playing with a clean slate this year too.

The Chiefs open pre-season on Aug. 15 at Arrowhead Stadium against the Texans, and with the signing of Tyson Jackson, the Chiefs will have their main players for the start of pre-season and hopefully through the end, barring no injuries.

With a happy Larry Johnson, the Chiefs are already one step ahead of where they were last year, which is a positive. A happy Johnson can only make things better for the players around him also. If the Chiefs can come out of the gates with a positive attitude and everybody working on the same page, they will have a productive season.

On Aug. 15, the Chief nation will have all eyes glued to their TV screens, and if everything goes as planned and they play together as one, the Houston Texans should be the Chiefs' first victim in the new Pioli era.