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Johnson overrated

Posted on: November 9, 2009 11:50 am
Edited on: November 9, 2009 11:54 am

Larry Johnson was once considered a bust.

Then he was a star -- or a perceived one.

Now he's a disaster.

The Kansas City Chiefs released Johnson Monday, the day he was set to come off suspension for his use of a slur to reporters and also his questioning his head coach on Twitter.

Once he clears waivers, which he will, Johnson is free to sign with anyone.

You can bet someone will take a chance on this headache.


The perception is he can still run. I wonder if he was ever as good as his numbers. The Chiefs had arguably the best offensive line in football when Johnson was putting up amazing numbers in 2005 and 2006. In each season, he rushed for over 1,750 yards.

But that's it.

In his other four-plus seasons, counting this season's seven games, he has a total of 2,457 yards. That's not very good.

There are those who will say he's been stymied playing behind some bad offensive lines the past couple of seasons, and that's true. But he also was a beneficiary of good ones.

So who is the real Larry Johnson?

Is he a feature back anymore? Was he ever, aside from two years?

Johnson turns 30 next week, the age when back usually start to slow down. Then there's the baggage. Is this a guy you want in your locker room?

Remember when Dick Vermeil said he needed to outgrow the diapers, which led to questions about him in his early years. He was once available for a ham sandwich in trade talks, that's how bad the Chiefs wanted to dump him, and there were no takers.

Now it won't even cost that. He's there for anyone who wants him.

Does anybody?

Is this a case of bust to star to bust in seven seasons?

It just might be, or the reality is he was never as good as his numbers.

I lean toward the latter, but his name will get him signed. And some team and its fans will rejoice until he starts pulling his Larry Johnson act again.

This guy isn't worth a ham sandwich -- let alone a contract.

Category: NFL

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2009 7:44 am

Johnson overrated

While normally I vehemently disagree with almost everything Prisco says, he is spot-on concerning Larry Johnson. He was the main beneficiary of a great offensive line, not unlike almost every running back that played for Denver under Mike Shanahan. The Browns became enamored with Rueben Droughns a few seasons ago because he was a 500 yard rusher for Denver. When he got to Cleveland, he was decent, but that was all. A great running back, like Barry Sanders, can run behind almost any offensive line. There are many cases where the offensive line creates the legendary running back. I would argue that Emmitt Smith and Edgerrin James fall into this category. Without those monster lines I seriosly doubt Smith would have made the Hall of Fame.  Jim Brown and Walter Payton would have been greats anywhere. For once, as much as I hate to say it, I agree with Prisco. 

Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2009 6:40 pm

Johnson overrated

Jamal Lewis gimme my Ham N Cheese Biotch  Maybe LT  maybe but just maybe

Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2009 6:38 pm

Johnson overrated

I can name one Jamal Lewis wheres my Ham N Cheese??  MAybe J JOnes  maybe but defintely J Lewis

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2009 5:52 pm

Johnson overrated

I somehow see LJ going to the Raiders.

But I don't see any good coming from it ..

We'll see ..

One problem. LJ is going to want a ton of
money, and Davis will tell him to 'Stick it"

But he [Davis] will bend over. Sign him,
then bench him - much like he did with
Marcus Allen.

It wouldn't surprise me ..

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2009 4:52 pm

Johnson overrated

Let's start with Prisco's comments;
"Is this a case of bust to star to bust in seven seasons? It just might be, or the reality is he was never as good as his numbers.I lean toward the latter, but his name will get him signed. And some team and its fans will rejoice until he starts pulling his Larry Johnson act again."

Hey, Pete, you a little jealous of these guys 'cuz you didn't get your shot, or what?  It seems like every time it's popular to dump on someone (T.O., Ocho Cinco, Ricky Williams- for examples), there's Prisco.

Truth-  t'is a VERY rare running back (Jim Brown, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders) who can simply take the ball and run with it, without much of an O-line.  There are examples of this all over the NFL, like Seattle AND Kansas City.  Look what's happened to Seattle's running game since Steve Hutchinson went to Minnesota.  What side does A.P. do his best running behind?   

Okay, Larry Johnson made some comments he shouldn't have, and has acted like many other spoiled superstar athletes do.  Hardly "big news".  I wouldn't say it's "automatic" that another team will pick him up, but if they do, and  they actually have an offense that can get it done on the gorund, it wouldn't surprise me to see him prosper again.

"This guy isn't worth a ham sandwich -- let alone a contract."  Wow.  There are probably folks who would make the same comment about you, but don't have a national platform to say that on.  No class, Mr. Prisco, no class.

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2009 3:45 pm

Johnson overrated

better than half the backs in the league?you can't be serious.he's old and has lost a step.his quickness is gone and so now it's time for him to move on.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: November 10, 2009 1:21 pm

Johnson overrated

Olin Kreutz...

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 10, 2009 12:52 pm

Johnson overrated


You're a joke and a tool at best.  You're from Michigan, and a Tigers and Wings fan. But miraculously your favourite teams in football and basketball are the teams that have had a ton of success lately?  Funny...

You're a bandwagon fan.  Regardless of where you live you'll always be one of those guys that follows one or 2 teams but the rest of your "favourite" teams will be the teams that won most recently.  When they start to lose, you'll go with somebody else.....

As for the Lions, they are rebuilding .. yes forever now but finally without Millen.

They drafted more talent this time around then ever before with  Millen.... they'll be fine...

Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2009 12:48 pm

Johnson overrated

hell yeah   thats  right  now go to the lions a do something for the losers lol

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2009 12:09 pm

RE:Cedric Benson

Theres a big difference between a young Cedric Benson being given a chance and an overused, on the downside of his career Larry Johnson being given one.  I'll make the not so bold prediction of saying that LJ will never be a featured back anywhere ever again. 

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