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LJ's rant on the Chiefs

Postby stomperrob » Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:06 pm

Apparently he's already taken some flak over it, although Herm Edwards is saying he's not upset by it:

Offensive woes prove troubling to Kansas City
RB Johnson voices frustrations; Edwards takes no offense

By Rick Dean
The Capital-Journal
Published Wednesday, September 26, 2007

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Larry Johnson, along with some Chiefs teammates and most of their fans, isn't the only highly visible person venting his frustration at a Kansas City offense that is the NFL's next-to-worst at scoring points.

Coach Herm Edwards admitted Tuesday he considered pulling starting quarterback Damon Huard after a 37-yard first-half passing performance in which Huard missed some early throws that might have gotten Minnesota defenders out of Johnson's face.

"If we kept struggling and weren't moving the ball, yeah, I considered it,'' Edwards said. "But I was patient, said I wanted to wait another series or so, and it worked out.

"Damon had a fantastic second half, hit some big-time passes. But, we're still not scoring enough points.''

Huard completed 14 of 19 second-half throws for 169 of his 206 passing yards. He also threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Dwayne Bowe.

Still, Huard's failure to hit downfield throws in the first half allowed the Vikings to position eight and occasionally nine defenders near the line of scrimmage to stymie Johnson. Until the Chiefs make opponents respect their passing game, Kansas City's 31st-ranked running game will not improve, even with one of the NFL's highest-paid runners.

"When you get some big passes down the field like we did some in the second half, people back off a bit and you can run a little better,'' Edwards said.

"We tried that in the first half. Our first play of the game, we had a pass to Tony (Gonzalez) down the middle that was high. We missed another on the next series. Then we got frustrated at throwing incomplete passes, going three-and-out and only taking 50 seconds off the clock. That's no good.''

Take Johnson's word for that.

Upset at being held to 140 rushing yards in three games — making him the No. 29 rusher in the league — LJ expressed his frustration with an offense he thinks has become far too complicated.

"Football should easy,'' Johnson said evenly. "It's not chess, it's checkers. When (defenses) are looking for the pass, you run. When they're looking for the run, you pass. When they overload one side, you run to the other.

"But sometimes in a game they make it too difficult, like it's trigonometry. If this guy goes two feet and this other guy slides 6 feet over, you do this. But in the game, it never happens that way.''

"Things are just different now,'' Johnson added. "In the past we could throw a pass 30, 40 yards and make defenses back up. Now they're stacking eight, sometimes nine guys in the box, and that's what we're going to face until we prove we can throw the ball up the field.''

That's fair criticism and analysis, Edwards said Tuesday when asked about Johnson's critical comments.

"That's OK as long as they don't cross the line,'' he said.

"This stuff happens in a competitive environment, and it's gone on in sports forever,'' Edwards added. "The only difference now is, now when a player calls out another player, it's on television. But it can happen at a softball game between competitive people in the same organization. In the schoolyards where I played pickup basketball, you'd hear all our talking and swear we were going to have a fight.

"Sometimes you just have to let all the emotion vent. If guys didn't do it, people would say, 'They don't care. They've got no emotion. They don't want to win.' But when it happens, people say you're out of control. We're not out of control. We're just sick of losing and not moving the ball. And we're going to find a way to fix it.''

Upset at being held to 140 rushing yards in three games — making him the No. 29 rusher in the league — LJ expressed his frustration with an offense he thinks has become far too complicated.

"Football should be easy,'' Johnson said. "It's not chess, it's checkers. When (defenses) are looking for the pass, you run. When they're looking for the run, you pass. When they overload one side, you run to the other.

"But sometimes in a game they make it too difficult, like it's trigonometry. If this guy goes two feet and this other guy slides 6 feet over, you do this. But in the game, it never happens that way.''

"Things are just different now,'' Johnson added. "In the past we could throw a pass 30, 40 yards and make defenses back up. Now they're stacking eight, sometimes nine guys in the box, and that's what we're going to face until we prove we can throw the ball up the field.''

That's fair criticism and analysis, Edwards said Tuesday when asked about Johnson's critical comments.

"That's OK as long as they don't cross the line,'' he said.

"This stuff happens in a competitive environment, and it's gone on in sports forever,'' Edwards added. "The only difference now is, now when a player calls out another player, it's on television. But it can happen at a softball game between competitive people in the same organization. In the schoolyards where I played pickup basketball, you'd hear all our talking and swear we were going to have a fight.

"Sometimes you just have to let all the emotion vent. If guys didn't do it, people would say, 'They don't care. They've got no emotion. They don't want to win.' But when it happens, people say you're out of control. We're not out of control. We're just sick of losing and not moving the ball. And we're going to find a way to fix it.''



source: http://cjonline.com/stories/092607/chi_202909586.shtml
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