The NFL Kansas City Chiefs and their fans are not very happy with the deal they made for good old ex-Nittany Lion Larry Johnson, whose running production has fallen drastically since his extortive holdout this past summer. He got his money, but did KC get its money’s worth? ???? ????? Thus far this season, Johnson has rushed for a measly 275 yards (55 ypg) and no touchdowns. In his most recent outing, against the Jacksonville Jaguars, old Gran-mama amassed a total of 12 yards. However, he did excel at throwing his helmet (twice) in frustration, while the fans rewarded his half-assed efforts with a stinging chorus of boos. ???? ?????
The man Johnson replaced, oft injured Priest Holmes, is seriously planning a comeback at age 34. Whether or not he makes it, his presence in the locker room could be helpful to Johnson, if only the petulant running back would pay attention to what made the undersized Holmes an NFL standout. But can Larry Johnson actually allow himself to be mentored? ???? ???? ????? Read Kansas City Star sports columnist Joe Posnanski’s take on the situation.