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Chiefs’ Johnson, others have worn out welcome

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by SDRaiderH8er, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2006

    Larry Johnson

    Now the balancing act begins for the Kansas City Chiefs.

    In two weeks, running back Larry Johnson(notes) will come off suspension, and the franchise will be faced with yet another pivotal decision: how to handle a wayward star who has seemingly worn out his welcome with the coaching staff and front office. A league source familiar with the situation said Thursday morning that despite speculation to the contrary, the Chiefs haven’t decided to cut Johnson in the immediate future. However, his standing with the team beyond this season seems almost sure to have been sealed.

    While much of the controversy has surrounded Johnson’s recent homophobic slurs on Twitter (as well as his criticism of head coach Todd Haley), it can’t be the only thing for which the franchise is worried. Johnson also went on a rant about his “cake” – slang for money – and at one point made disparaging remarks about a fan earning “5 dolla[rs]” an hour. Considering the Chiefs are supported largely by a fan base that has long been comprised of a modest and hard-working middle class, it’s not something that is sitting well with the franchise.

    Of course, the simplest reaction would be to cut Johnson, who was already on a “one chance” basis with the new regime, and who has been largely ineffective on game day. But it’s really not that simple. First, Haley and general manager Scott Pioli haven’t been around long enough to know what kind of impact would be felt in the locker room by cutting Johnson. The new regime is still working on establishing trust with some of the team’s other veterans, and casting off Johnson without getting the pulse of other players could stunt that process. Second, the coaching staff and front office don’t want to send a signal that players can simply push their way off the roster by blasting Haley or making inappropriate comments.

    Shawne Merriman

    He hasn’t registered a sack, or been entirely healthy, since the 2007 season. He wants a long-term deal that management hasn’t, and likely will never be, inclined to give him. And in what might be an indication of his tenuous standing in other corners of the NFL, a league source said the Chargers got exactly one phone call about Merriman’s trade availability before the deadline (hard to believe that but there is no evidence to the contrary). And did we mention that Merriman’s eventual replacement, Larry English(notes), is already on the roster?

    English’s two sacks the past three games might be the first sign of Merriman’s demise with the Chargers this offseason. With so many other players who need long-term deals, he’s simply not a priority. And the friction between Merriman and general manager A.J. Smith, over Smith’s criticism of the defense, isn’t going to help matters. There’s just no denying that Merriman has looked like the odd man out in this franchise for a long time. And even if he’s hit with the franchise tag (or a tender offer, depending on what happens with the collective bargaining negotiations), signs point to a faceoff this coming offseason. Like Drew Brees(notes) and Michael Turner(notes) before him, a change of scenery might not be the worst thing for him in 2010.
  2. Bo Rawcho

    Bo Rawcho BoltTalker

    Jul 13, 2008
    I hate lj for a lot of reasons he should have been suspended a long time ago. Like for assaulting a woman. That said the qu**fs are being a bunch of F*gs about this particular thing.

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