Things just went from bad to worse for volatile running back Larry Johnson in Kansas City. The one-time NFL rushing leader and workhorse has definitely slowed down since his heyday of about four to five years ago. Time, off the field problems, and injuries have definitely caught up with Johnson (who turns 30 on Nov. 19).
The former Penn State power back only had 874 yards on 193 carries with a 4.5 ypr average and five TDs in 2008, but you know he would be more than happy with those mediocre-type numbers this year.
After another pedestrian effort (16 rushes for 49 yards with a long of nine yards) on Sunday in a 37-7 loss to the Chargers, Johnson got on the offensive via Twitter against Chiefs head coach Todd Haley.
Though tweeting is sometimes unconfirmed for some athletes, I am pretty sure it was Johnson pulling his Blackberry on Haley. Just read the following excerpts and you will see what I mean.
“my father got more credentials than most these pro coaches….google my father!!!”
“My father played for the coach from 'remember the titans.' Our coach played golf. My father played for redskins briefly. Our coach. Nuthn”
It is never a good idea to jump on your head coach, but doing so in a public forum only fans the flames even more. Johnson’s alleged tweets are pretty inflammatory stuff and you can only expect things to get more heated between Haley, Johnson, and the overall Chiefs organization.
The Chiefs are pretty downtrodden right now with a 1-6 record, and Johnson isn’t doing much better (132 rushes for 358 yards, 2.7 ypc, and zero TDs). Also, remember, it was the fiery Haley who was the coach that got into it verbally with Anquan Boldin last year on the sidelines during the Cardinals’ Super Bowl run.
So expect some kind of fine, suspension, or some other disciplinary action to be coming Johnson’s way. If I were back-ups Kolby Smith and Jamaal Charles, I would be getting my legs ready for more running after the Chiefs’ bye week.Posted in Johnson-Chiefs Feud, Kansas City Chiefs, Larry Johnson, Twitter Tagged: Football, Johnson-Chiefs Feud, Kansas City Chiefs, Larry Johnson, NFL, Sports, Twitter