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Douche Baggins
08-27-2009, 05:11 PM
http://kan.scout.com/2/892592.html

<table><tbody><tr><td valign="top">Earlier this week, head coach Todd Haley praised veteran guard Brian Waters for his leadership qualities. This came months after an altercation between the two that reportedly had Waters asking for a trade out of Kansas City. Haleys compliments laid the worry of an ongoing beef between the two to rest.
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When the news broke of a reported feud between Waters and Haley, fans had mixed emotions. Some backed their new head coach, while others backed the man whos been one of the few bright spots on a dismal team. Fans also expressed mixed feelings this offseason about embattled star running back Larry Johnson (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4307530).

His litany of off-the-field issues and offensive comments need not be repeated. No one has forgotten his indiscretions. Some fans wanted him gone, and many media members were sure hed be released or traded. Others, like LJ superfan and WPIs own C.E. Wendler, thought LJ was worth the baggage. Will he get in trouble again? Will he ever produce another 1,700-yard season? No one knew, and much to the surprise of many, Haley gave Johnson a clean slate.

Now, seemingly like Waters, Johnson has changed his tune. Hes walking the line, saying the right things, acting like a real team player. A few months ago, he stopped publicly expressing his dislike for Kansas City and desire to be relocated.

He reiterated those thoughts to the media after Thursdays practice. Hes now complimentary of his teammates, starting with his quarterback.

[Matt Cassel (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4210794)] is the perfect guy for the job, said Johnson. [Hes] a guy that stands tall and [has] obviously been with a team thats been to the Super Bowl, so he knows what it takes.

Hes also complimentary of his coach and front office leadership.

As far as what Pioli did in the offseason, he made it exciting for me to be a Chief, said Johnson. I never thought we would get Ashley Lelie (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4509519), Amani Toomer (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4500273), Zach Thomas (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4307556), Mike Brown (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4414209), those type of players. Ever since I been here, we wouldnt go get those type of players that we got right now. Having those guys, including Matt Cassel, having those guys being a part of the Chiefs, made me excited to be a Chief because we actually feel with those guys we have a chance.

In the past, Johnson felt like Kansas Citys success rested on his shoulders. If he didnt get the ball, the Chiefs didnt win. If he was unhappy, things werent going to be good. Now, hes starting to understand the team concept. He understands there will soon be a roster of 53 players, and they dont revolve around him.

Its not based off my happiness or my sadness to be a part of this team, said Johnson. Its just the fact that we are organized and were doing things to make this a team a 16-0 team and go to the playoffs. So this teams rise and falls dont stand on if Im happy or if Im mad here. Obviously we all have to do a job and my job is to do the best that I can on the field to make this team a better football team. Obviously guys that are taken in or taken out will be a part of that transition.

Johnson has not been shy about his crumbling relationship with Kansas City. Hes said the city is tired of him and the feelings mutual. Now, hes backing off those comments, saying not only is he still active in the community, but that his previous comments were directed toward a small group of individuals.

I was really talking to a handful of people, I wasnt talking to the whole city, he said. I was only talking to a handful of people that Ive actually encountered that kind of turned their back on me, so to speak, so other than that Im still here. I didnt put my house for sale. I didnt move.

Johnson seems to have transformed into a leader, but there are certainly people skeptical of his new-found team pride and humility after he lost a grievance that denied him just under $4 million in previously guaranteed money. There are those who say Johnson is just playing it straight now because of his pocketbook, and that he still dislikes Kansas City and wants out, but would rather have the money and tow the company line than be outspoken.

Johnson has an answer for those people, also.

Obviously, if they wanted to get rid of me, they had a chance to get rid of me, but I made it clear that regardless of what happened it wasnt about the money, he said. If it was about the money I would have held out my rookie year. The only reason why I did what I did to get that contract was I felt like I really deserved it for the things that I did. If they could cut me, they could cut me right now.

Everybody knows in football, theres no such thing as guaranteed money. They could take it from me today. They could cut me today if they wanted to. Its not because Im doing it for the money. As far as my legs can run, Im pretty sure I could get a job anywhere else. Maybe not for the money Im getting right now, but Id surely be getting paid. Its just understanding my situation. My situation is to help this team.

Is Johnson really maturing and becoming a leader and team player, or is he just putting on an act to ensure his fat paychecks keep coming? Its hard to say. Cant it be both? Maybe Johnson realizes Haley and Pioli have started something good in Kansas City, while also realizing he needs to play it straight in order to keep his wallet full.

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JASONSAUTO
08-27-2009, 05:15 PM
so did this guy read and rewrite josh looney's article from kcchiefs.com?

Douche Baggins
08-27-2009, 05:17 PM
so did this guy read and rewrite josh looney's article from kcchiefs.com?

No, there is some fresh material.

scott free
08-27-2009, 05:18 PM
I've never, ever heard the guy talk like that...nice.

Get it done Larry.

JASONSAUTO
08-27-2009, 05:19 PM
No, there is some fresh material.

LMAO he mostly just did a cut and paste job.

DaneMcCloud
08-27-2009, 05:21 PM
Larry's done.

Another sub-1,000 yard rushing season lies ahead.

Valiant
08-27-2009, 05:22 PM
He should be happy, he is never going to see a contract as big as the one he is playing under again because of the way he runs now..

Douche Baggins
08-27-2009, 05:23 PM
LMAO he mostly just did a cut and paste job.

Sauto, knock it off.

Hog Farmer
08-27-2009, 05:26 PM
Johnson knows if his attitude is not "100% I want to be a Chief" he'll be on another team faster than a cat in China town.

Douche Baggins
08-27-2009, 05:27 PM
Larry's done.

Another sub-1,000 yard rushing season lies ahead.

You don't think he'll get 250 carries?

JASONSAUTO
08-27-2009, 05:29 PM
Sauto, knock it off.

fuck you. look and read the articles. THEY HAVE THE SAME WORDS PUT IN THE SAME FORM HE STOLE IT FROM LOONEY. i highly doubt looney reads WPI

Douche Baggins
08-27-2009, 05:32 PM
fuck you. look and read the articles. THEY HAVE THE SAME WORDS PUT IN THE SAME FORM HE STOLE IT FROM LOONEY. i highly doubt looney reads WPI

I will not debate you.

JASONSAUTO
08-27-2009, 05:33 PM
I will not debate you.

thats because you read them and saw the same shit

Mr. Krab
08-27-2009, 05:45 PM
LJ is grateful that some NFL team is still stupid enough to pay him like a franchise RB.

DaneMcCloud
08-27-2009, 06:07 PM
You don't think he'll get 250 carries?

I don't think he'll get anywhere near 4 yards per carry.

Besides the fact that he looks "done", this offensive line can't block for shit in the run game.

chiefzilla1501
08-27-2009, 06:09 PM
http://kan.scout.com/2/892592.html

<table><tbody><tr><td valign="top">Earlier this week, head coach Todd Haley praised veteran guard Brian Waters for his leadership qualities. This came months after an altercation between the two that reportedly had Waters asking for a trade out of Kansas City. Haleys compliments laid the worry of an ongoing beef between the two to rest.
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When the news broke of a reported feud between Waters and Haley, fans had mixed emotions. Some backed their new head coach, while others backed the man whos been one of the few bright spots on a dismal team. Fans also expressed mixed feelings this offseason about embattled star running back Larry Johnson (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4307530).

His litany of off-the-field issues and offensive comments need not be repeated. No one has forgotten his indiscretions. Some fans wanted him gone, and many media members were sure hed be released or traded. Others, like LJ superfan and WPIs own C.E. Wendler, thought LJ was worth the baggage. Will he get in trouble again? Will he ever produce another 1,700-yard season? No one knew, and much to the surprise of many, Haley gave Johnson a clean slate.

Now, seemingly like Waters, Johnson has changed his tune. Hes walking the line, saying the right things, acting like a real team player. A few months ago, he stopped publicly expressing his dislike for Kansas City and desire to be relocated.

He reiterated those thoughts to the media after Thursdays practice. Hes now complimentary of his teammates, starting with his quarterback.

[Matt Cassel (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4210794)] is the perfect guy for the job, said Johnson. [Hes] a guy that stands tall and [has] obviously been with a team thats been to the Super Bowl, so he knows what it takes.

Hes also complimentary of his coach and front office leadership.

As far as what Pioli did in the offseason, he made it exciting for me to be a Chief, said Johnson. I never thought we would get Ashley Lelie (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4509519), Amani Toomer (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4500273), Zach Thomas (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4307556), Mike Brown (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4414209), those type of players. Ever since I been here, we wouldnt go get those type of players that we got right now. Having those guys, including Matt Cassel, having those guys being a part of the Chiefs, made me excited to be a Chief because we actually feel with those guys we have a chance.

In the past, Johnson felt like Kansas Citys success rested on his shoulders. If he didnt get the ball, the Chiefs didnt win. If he was unhappy, things werent going to be good. Now, hes starting to understand the team concept. He understands there will soon be a roster of 53 players, and they dont revolve around him.

Its not based off my happiness or my sadness to be a part of this team, said Johnson. Its just the fact that we are organized and were doing things to make this a team a 16-0 team and go to the playoffs. So this teams rise and falls dont stand on if Im happy or if Im mad here. Obviously we all have to do a job and my job is to do the best that I can on the field to make this team a better football team. Obviously guys that are taken in or taken out will be a part of that transition.

Johnson has not been shy about his crumbling relationship with Kansas City. Hes said the city is tired of him and the feelings mutual. Now, hes backing off those comments, saying not only is he still active in the community, but that his previous comments were directed toward a small group of individuals.

I was really talking to a handful of people, I wasnt talking to the whole city, he said. I was only talking to a handful of people that Ive actually encountered that kind of turned their back on me, so to speak, so other than that Im still here. I didnt put my house for sale. I didnt move.

Johnson seems to have transformed into a leader, but there are certainly people skeptical of his new-found team pride and humility after he lost a grievance that denied him just under $4 million in previously guaranteed money. There are those who say Johnson is just playing it straight now because of his pocketbook, and that he still dislikes Kansas City and wants out, but would rather have the money and tow the company line than be outspoken.

Johnson has an answer for those people, also.

Obviously, if they wanted to get rid of me, they had a chance to get rid of me, but I made it clear that regardless of what happened it wasnt about the money, he said. If it was about the money I would have held out my rookie year. The only reason why I did what I did to get that contract was I felt like I really deserved it for the things that I did. If they could cut me, they could cut me right now.

Everybody knows in football, theres no such thing as guaranteed money. They could take it from me today. They could cut me today if they wanted to. Its not because Im doing it for the money. As far as my legs can run, Im pretty sure I could get a job anywhere else. Maybe not for the money Im getting right now, but Id surely be getting paid. Its just understanding my situation. My situation is to help this team.

Is Johnson really maturing and becoming a leader and team player, or is he just putting on an act to ensure his fat paychecks keep coming? Its hard to say. Cant it be both? Maybe Johnson realizes Haley and Pioli have started something good in Kansas City, while also realizing he needs to play it straight in order to keep his wallet full.

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Glad he's happy.

I give it about a week before he's not.

Douche Baggins
08-27-2009, 06:11 PM
I don't think he'll get anywhere near 4 yards per carry.

Besides the fact that he looks "done", this offensive line can't block for shit in the run game.

C'mon, Dane. He was ripping off 60-yard runs last year with McIntosh and Jones and shitty quarterbacks.

I think the line will be improved from a run-blocking standpoint, no question. I have a very hard time believing LJ is done physically.

Skip Towne
08-27-2009, 06:13 PM
Glad he's happy.

I give it about a week before he's not.

Except now nobody cares

Psyko Tek
08-27-2009, 06:21 PM
No, there is some fresh material.

no it's new he mentioned ce wendler
nobody else would do that

Mecca
08-27-2009, 06:24 PM
How exciting, I'd be happier if he wasn't on the team...nothing is better than having roughly the 42nd best back in the league as your starter with a big contract.

Halfcan
08-27-2009, 06:39 PM
Larry's done.

Another sub-1,000 yard rushing season lies ahead.

yep behind our line-even less

wild1
08-27-2009, 06:52 PM
He doesn't seem happy when things aren't going well, not that anyone would. Hopefully he has matured. The odds are long this year, with the offensive line the way it is.

Ebolapox
08-27-2009, 06:59 PM
kc superfan c.e. wendler?

ROFL

that's just fucking pathetic and sad, clay. you sound like al gore on south park... MANBEARPIG IS REAL!

OctoberFart
10-16-2009, 09:58 AM
Of course he is happy. He is making 7 million a year when he isn't worth the league minimum. Diaper boy cashed his two 1000 yd years in for a big contract and has remained happy since. 3 yds and a cloud of dust.

TheGuardian
10-16-2009, 10:03 AM
Of course he is happy. He is making 7 million a year when he isn't worth the league minimum. Diaper boy cashed his two 1000 yd years in for a big contract and has remained happy since. 3 yds and a cloud of dust.

What'd the Raiders pay those busts Russell and McFadden again?

DBOSHO
10-16-2009, 10:04 AM
Of course he is happy. He is making 7 million a year when he isn't worth the league minimum. Diaper boy cashed his two 1000 yd years in for a big contract and has remained happy since. 3 yds and a cloud of dust.

You REALLY have no right to talk shit on anyone on this team

especially when a PLAYER called your WHOLE TEAM out for having no heart.

DBOSHO
10-16-2009, 10:05 AM
What'd the Raiders pay those busts Russell and McFadden again?

Dont forgwt DHB with his 2 catches

MahiMike
10-16-2009, 10:16 AM
"LJ, be a team player and go take your seat on the bench."

Sanka
10-16-2009, 10:16 AM
You know whats funny? It would take him 416 carries to be near 1000 yards for the season at his amazing 2.4 yards a carry.

MichaelH
10-16-2009, 10:28 AM
Despite his off the field antics and diminshed production so far, I still like LJ. Maybe it's because we're both from Penn State.

I think his attitude the last few years went sour because of Hermie and Carl. Let's blame them for this too. :cuss: And I can't say I blame him. I actually started hating this team.

seclark
10-16-2009, 10:32 AM
Despite his off the field antics and diminshed production so far, I still like LJ. Maybe it's because we're both from Penn State.

I think his attitude the last few years went sour because of Hermie and Carl. Let's blame them for this too. :cuss: And I can't say I blame him. I actually started hating this team.

carl??? carl gave him that outstanding contract.
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MichaelH
10-16-2009, 10:35 AM
carl??? carl gave him that outstanding contract.
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Carl hired Hermie and Carl drove the ship to the bottom of the ocean. I think any player would get fed up with year after year of mediocrity. It's not professional but LJ never has been. JMO

jAZ
10-16-2009, 10:58 AM
As far as what Pioli did in the offseason, he made it exciting for me to be a Chief, said Johnson. I never thought we would get Ashley Lelie (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4509519), Amani Toomer (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4500273), Zach Thomas (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4307556), Mike Brown (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4414209), those type of players. Ever since I been here, we wouldnt go get those type of players that we got right now. Having those guys, including Matt Cassel, having those guys being a part of the Chiefs, made me excited to be a Chief because we actually feel with those guys we have a chance.
Heh.

L.A. Chieffan
10-16-2009, 11:02 AM
YAY GO LJ! HE'S A NICE GUY NOW! K BYE

cjp27
10-16-2009, 11:15 AM
He should be happy to be a Chief. Anywhere else, his ass would be on the bench.

Stinger
10-16-2009, 11:20 AM
http://kan.scout.com/2/892592.html


“As far as what Pioli did in the offseason, he made it exciting for me to be a Chief,” said Johnson. “I never thought we would get Ashley Lelie (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4509519), Amani Toomer (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4500273), Zach Thomas (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4307556), Mike Brown (http://kan.scout.com/a.z?s=115&p=8&c=1&nid=4414209), those type of players. Ever since I been here, we wouldn’t go get those type of players that we got right now. Having those guys, including Matt Cassel, having those guys being a part of the Chiefs, made me excited to be a Chief because we actually feel with those guys we have a chance.”


OMG .... it is times like this I still wish I had my sig privileges

LMAO LMAO LMAO

wild1
10-16-2009, 11:23 AM
of course he is happy. he's being paid $5 million or so this year for nothing.

OctoberFart
10-16-2009, 08:02 PM
You REALLY have no right to talk shit on anyone on this team

especially when a PLAYER called your WHOLE TEAM out for having no heart.

As long as Oakland is a game up on KC I can talk shit. Oakland is horriffic and KC lost to them so what does that tell you? Not only that KC let Fatass russell drive Oakland for a winning TD. Nice deflection attempt from the washed up bum Diaper Boy and his 2.5 yd carry average.