LJ Done in KC? Why Larry Johnson Has To Go!

Chris Uno CeroContributor IOctober 27, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 11:  Running back Larry Johnson #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs walks off the field during the game against the Dallas Cowboys on October 11, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

 It appears that LJ is back to being the Old LJ we're used to seeing. To be honest, it doesn't really surprise me all that much anymore. Larry caused a lot of publicity after he left messages on his Twitter account, taking shots at Todd Haley, his head coach. I think it's kind of funny that people actually thought that bringing in a new head coach was going to help Larry mature into an NFL player. Think about it, the guy hasn't had a productive year since 2006, Herm Edwards' first year as head coach of the Chiefs. On top of that he's been a negative influence not just in the locker room, but also on the field.

He's been penalized numerous times for delay of game after spiking the ball out of frustration whenever he doesn't have a good carry. On top of that he has had off-the-field altercations with various female acquaintances. This is not the publicity you want if you're trying to rebuild your team into a contender again. I have no idea why he was given a chance anyways. He's too much of a liability in my opinion.

Running backs have generally short careers in the NFL. The position is the most demanding in the game and provides the most wear-and-tear on a player's body. I don't know when the Chiefs think Larry is going to get back to his 2006 form, but my guess is that it's going to be a cold day in Hell before that happens. He doesn't run hard at all. The main reason I think is because he has no motivation. He makes $7 million a year to average 2.5 ypc. Why try harder? He gets paid anyways.

This relationship has gone on too long and it would be beneficial to both sides if they parts ways. Personally, I like Jamaal Charles way better. He's fast, young,a nd he's got plenty of motivation to work harder than everyone else. The Chiefs win because they have a young back who can carry the load and is a dual-threat in the running game as well as the passing game, while Larry gets a fresh start in a new city where he has to prove that he isn't the washed up running back that everyone thinks he is.

If Todd Haley and Scott Pioli want to build a winning mentality in Kansas City then they need to start with those who don't have it and get rid of them. A chain is only as strong as their weakest link.