Larry Johnson: The Great Escape

Larry Johnson is planning the Great Escape! Yes, the Great Escape from Kansas City. As he approaches his 30th birthday on November 19, let us examine the facts to support this theory.

1.Larry Johnson never liked being with K.C and immediately got in the doghouse of Dick Vermeil — “take your diapers off” episode.
2.Larry Johnson’s total yards have fallen dramatically from his high in 2005 and 2006 of 1750 yards and 1789 yards to 559 in 2007, 874 in 2008 and 358 in 2009.
3.Likewise his average yards per carry have fallen from a high of 5.2 ypc in 2005 to a current low of 2.7 ypc.
4.Larry Johnson’s off-field behavior continues to show disrespect for his coaches, fans and the people of K.C.

No. 27 is a scared, aging running back on a horrible team. He has lost any hope of a trade to another team. He is frustrated that the Chiefs enforced clauses in his contract last spring that cost him part of his contract. So instead of becoming an out and out malcontent he tweets. He badmouths his coach, the Chiefs franchise and sportwriters attempting to cover the team. He has angered in the process two of the most player friendly coaches in Dick Vermeil and Herm Edwards.Now he is belittling a first year coach who has been supportive and enthusiastic about Larry’s performance to date.

He planned this whole thing. Like Corey Dillon sandbagging the Bengals, this whole thing seems contrived. L.J. sees the likes of Cedric Benson and Will Witherspoon going from worst to basically first, and he wants to do the same. In the back of his head, Johnson probably thought another round of tantrums could get him in a Chicago, New England, Philadelphia, etc. uniform by Thanksgiving. I say we give him his wish.

Keeping L.J. over Jared Allen was one of the top mistakes in team history. Let’s distance ourselves from the King Carl/Herm era by ridding ourselves of their biggest mistake. Then and only then will this team be able to truly look forward. As Vermiel stated “it’s time to take the diapers off.” Let Larry the Great Troublemaker go.

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