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SI: Anger helped bring Johnson fame, and it will help bring him down
I suppose it is pretty well known, at least in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, that I sort of see myself as Priest Holmes'
Boswell. For four years, from 2001 to 2004, I had this strange,
interesting, confusing, intricate journalistic relationship with
Priest. It should be said that he was an absolutely amazing running
back those four years. Amazing. In 2001, he led the NFL in rushing. In
some ways, that was his least impressive year.
In 2002, he
was on his way to perhaps the greatest season a running back ever had
before he hurt his hip ? in 13 1/2 games, he ran for 1,615 yards,
caught 70 passes, scored 24 touchdowns and gained 2,287 yards form
scrimmage. I have often tried to project that season out ... simple
math comes out like this:
babb: LJ drama continues with locker-room scene
Chiefs running back Larry Johnson, less than 24 hours after taking
on coach Todd Haley on his Twitter profile, maintained an edge Monday
when approached by reporters in the team's locker room.
after Kansas Citys 37-7 loss to San Diego on Sunday, Johnson tweeted
several controversial remarks directed toward Haley and the coach's
lack of football experience. Haley, who is in his first season as a
head coach at any level, never played football in high school, college
or the pros.
A message posted on Johnson's profile, whose
username Sunday about 7 p.m. stated: "My father played for the coach
from 'rememeber the titans'. Our coach played golf. My father played
for redskins briefley. Our coach. Nuthn."
Johnson continued the
rant, and, in later responses directed toward Johnsons Twitter
followers, contained inflammatory remarks about gays. In a reference to
someones profile picture, Johnson called it a "fag pic" and called the
person a "Christopher street boy," a reference to a predominantly
homosexual section in New Yorks Greenwich Village. Johnson's Twitter
profile was taken private and some posts were deleted.
Babb: LJ's rant, the apparent shots at Haley, and what it all might mean for the Chiefs' locker room
The Chiefs were afraid of this. If they weren't, they should've
been. A player's frustration has boiled over with the losing, Todd
Haley's approach and the overall messiness of how Kansas City's season
has so far gone.
After Sunday's 37-7 loss to the Chargers, Chiefs running back Larry
Johnson expressed frustration. He indicated that, despite the change
surrounding the franchise with a new coach and new general manager, one
important factor has not changed during LJ's career: losing.
"This is what this organization has been doing since I’ve been
here," Johnson said in the locker room Sunday. "This is my third head
coach in seven years I’ve been here. It seems like this is what we keep
doing: going back to the drawing board. We bring in new coaches, new
organization, new schemes, new mentality, new attitude."
Williamson: Agent downplays Johnson's twitter message
The agent for Kansas City running back Larry Johnson said late Sunday
night that his client was simply trying to promote his own father and
not to discredit Chiefs coach Todd Haley in a twitter rant Sunday.
Shortly after the Chiefs were drubbed 37-7 at home to San Diego,
Johnson posted on his twitter account that his father, the defensive
line coach at Penn State, has better credentials than some NFL coaches.
Johnson ran down his father’s playing résumé. He compared him to Haley,
who was a college golf player.
Chiefs high on hard-working Edwards
Ron Edwards said he needs to work on repetition, and he didn’t break
from his training Thursday. He kept saying it. Question after question,
he had the same thing on his mind.
“Just reps and reps and reps,”
said Edwards, the Chiefs’ nose tackle. “Just the repetition, it always
helps. Doing the same things again and again makes me better.”
Chiefs gambled this week. They traded backup nose tackle Tank Tyler on
Monday to the Carolina Panthers for a fifth-round pick in next year’s
NFL draft. That left Edwards as not only the team’s undisputed starter
but, for a while anyway, the team’s only true nose tackle as well.
Then the Chiefs signed veteran Kenny Smith, and the defensive depth
chart didn’t look naked anymore. But considering that Smith hasn’t
played in an NFL game since 2003, it became clear this week that the
Chiefs are either wagering their fortunes on Edwards, or they trust him
enough to play well and stay healthy for 10 more games. more
* * Chiefs Look To Continue Recent Winning Ways Against Struggling Chargers
The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to build some momentum after their recent 14-6 win last week over the Washington Redskins.
This week, they will have another chance to win against a team is in
a downward spiral as the San Diego Chargers will be coming to town. KC
has struggled in its recent bouts against San Diego, but this Sunday
could be one of the better opportunities that the 1-5 Chiefs could have
against the Chargers because of their recent woes.
Lets look at why the Chargers are where they are going into Week seven.
For one, LaDainian Tomlinson only has 38 carries on the year. When I
read this stat a few days ago, I couldn't believe it. Now, I understand
he has had some injury problems this year, in particular his sore ankle.
LT is the heart of this Chargers offense. When he his not producing,
the Chargers are not functioning well as a team. If LT has a hard time
getting it going against KC, San Diego could very well walk out of
Arrowhead with a 2-4 record on Sunday afternoon.
Another glaring weakness of the Chargers this season has been their
defensive secondary. They have time after time been beat by opposing
receivers and it could very well happen again this week, as they will
line up against a rising star in WR Dwayne Bowe of the Chiefs.
KC will have to key off the recent absence of LT and Matt Cassel
will need to light up the weak Charger secondary for the Chiefs to have
a chance to win this game on Sunday.
They are not going to be able to ride the right leg of rookie Kicker
Ryan Succop for the entire season. Eventually, they are going to have
to start scoring some touchdowns instead of getting four field goals a
game, like last week.
This Chiefs season is not close to being over. They are just a few
strong showings away from a .500 record. It is by no means out of the
Not looking good for LT Albert to play
Per Kent Babb's Twitter:
Chiefs LT Branden
Albert remains on the rehab/conditioning field. Still just walking
around. The odds are going down that he's back Sunday.
Tucker: Chiefs owner Clark Hunt becoming more comfortable
Shortly after his father died three years ago, Clark Hunt realized he wasn't fully prepared to be an NFL owner.
thought he would be. He and the late Lamar Hunt, the founder of the
Kansas City Chiefs and an iconic figure in professional sports, had
planned carefully for the day.
But in an interview Wednesday with
The Associated Press, Hunt said he quickly realized he was not quite
ready for the demands of the media and the obligations to the public.
Quiet and decidedly non-flamboyant by nature, he had always preferred
working in the background.
But suddenly, he was thrust onto
center stage. Cameras and microphones were thrust into his face. Fans
were clamoring to know how he intended to get the team to the Super
"The first year after my father passed away was a challenge
for me because I was just not used to it," said Hunt, at 44 the
youngest owner in the NFL. "There's both the media side as well as
public speaking engagements. There's a fair amount of both. That's just
part and parcel of the job responsibility."
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