Posted by FarzinVousoughian | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 04-11-2009
As of Wednesday afternoon, 1,400 signatures have been collected to prevent Chiefs running back Larry Johnson to break the all-time rushing record in Chiefs history. Johnson, who has 5,996 rushing yards as a Chief, needs only 75 more yards to shatter Priest Holmes’ record who gathered 6,070 yards during his time in Kansas City.
I’ve stated many times that I feel Johnson is a much more serviceable running back than Priest Holmes. Holmes and Johnson both got the opportunity to work with arguably one of the best offensive lines in NFL history. Holmes never cracked the 1,700 yard mark in his career, rushing for a season high 1,615 in 2002 as he missed the last two games of the season due to a severe injury. Holmes never passed the 1,500 rushing yard mark in his career after his injury. However, the following three seasons prior to 2002, Holmes made his way to the endzone 49 times (two receiving.)
As opposed to Holmes, Johnson is a one dimensional running back who avoids blocking and produces poor amount of yards as a receiver. Johnson’s highest amount of success in the air came in 2006 with 410 receiving yards. Holmes has been able to break through with 600 receiving yards for three consecutive years (while staying upbeat on the ground with at least 1,400 rushing yards a season) giving him a total of 6,566 yards total, all during his first three years as a Kansas City Chief.
We could get into specific yardage, but I’ll stay away from that. With all that said, it is very arguable as to which running back is better. Both replaced each other for at one point as an injury replacement. Johnson took over for Holmes on multiple occasions in 2004 and 2005. Holmes came back to replace Johnson as the starting running back after Johnson suffered an injury against the Green Bay Packers in 2007.
It’s obvious that passionate Chiefs fans are signing this petition because they don’t want a “cancer” to rise and be known as the best running back in Chiefs history. At one point, I wished for this record to be broken by Johnson. Now I don’t.
But we must face the facts. This is not a character record. It’s a football record. I will sign the petition along with many other Chiefs fans. I doubt general manager Scott Pioli will respond to the petition, nor will he have time to read this. In all seriousness, I just feel Johnson should be released. Not for the record, simply because he has held this Kansas City Chiefs football team back.
If you’d like to sign the petition, visit this link. http://www.petitiononline.com/StopLJ/petition.html