Is Larry Johnson the Kansas City Chiefs' Corey Dillon?

Joe JonesCorrespondent IJune 5, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 24:  Running back Corey Dillon #28 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown in the second quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars on December 24, 2006 at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

If Kansas City decides to keep Larry Johnson, what roll will he play? As the Chiefs have a New England connection, is he the next Corey Dillon or does he stay the same old Larry Johnson?

The Kansas City Chiefs need to put in a running game plan that Larry Johnson can excel in and contribute to the team. Granted Johnson's foot injury hampered him through most of the season, but the motivation and drive was not there.

Larry Johnson has been with the Chiefs for six years now, and his most productive season was 2005. Larry rushed for 1,750 yards and 21 total touchdowns with a 5.2 rushing average on 336 attempts.

Those were Priest Holmes-type numbers, but Priest played into the system unlike Larry has been.

Dillon had his best year with the Patriots in 2004 with 1,635 yards on 345 attempts with a 4.7 average and 13 total touchdowns.

The difference lies in that Dillon played into the system also and was not a one-man show. The Patriots blended the pass with the rushing game so that Corey could contribute in a positive way.

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If the Kansas City Chiefs can take a page from the Patriots' book with Matt Cassel mixing the pass with the rushing game by getting Larry Johnson involved in the offense, the Chiefs should be in rhythm.

If Larry Johnson can revert back to his 2005 season, the Chiefs will be a well-oiled rushing machine.


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