Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Getting Rid of LJ A Good Move

Frankly, getting rid of Larry Johnson was a move the Chiefs needed to make. Even before he made homosexual- and coach-disparaging remarks on his Twitter account.

(As a side note: Shouldn't teams either A: ban Twitter/Facebook accounts, so athletes don't make idiotic remarks on them or B: Have a professional writer edit tweets before they go live?)

The Chiefs are a team in deep rebuilding mode. They have some young talent, and a youngish quarterback to go along with a brand new staff. The last thing a team needs is a big-salaried veteran spreading discontent while the new coaching staff is trying to install a philosophy.

Especially when big-salaried veteran isn't producing. At all.

Sure it can be said that the Chief offensive line is a work in progress. But Larry, you were averaging 2.7 yards a carry. To quote a former running back; "I can fall forward and get that."

And heck, your backup, a younger, cheaper Jamaal Charles was averaging 5.2 yards a carry.

At 1-7, why wouldn't the Chiefs free themselves of Johnson's financial, as well as psychological, burden.

So, even before Johnson went and shot his mouth off, questioning the neophyte coach—as well as making homophobic remarks (always a smart thing to do, Larry)—Johnson's time in Kansas City was nearing an end.

When Johnson was producing big numbers, then sure, coaches and organizations will put up with the psychological baggage of a "troubled" athlete. Heck, Pac-Man Jones got a 2nd chance and he was involved in gunplay. But the second an athlete doesn't produce on the field, football organizations will dispose of said "troubled" athlete—tout suite.

So, Larry, most likely another team will give you a second chance. Probably in a secondary or co-running back role. So when that happens, please Larry, make the most of it both on, and off the field. Get your PR guy to write up a nice apology for past actions and how "grateful for a 2nd chance," blah blah blah. Release the apology to ESPN, and maybe even have a softball interview with Stephen A. Smith (he could use the work), and then try to act of those nice words. Work hard on and off the field, produce for your team and play nice.

Because if you don't, there won't be a third chance.

1 comment:

Buzz said...

You're absolutely right. There’s a reason coaches try to regulate how often their players get to speak to the press. They know there’s a handful of dipshits in their locker rooms ready to stir up a media frenzy. And with social media and the internet, those same dipshits are running free.
You may be interested in reading the article I just wrote on the subject:
http://sameshitdifferentseason.com/?p=220