Johnson is trying to “Tweet” his way out of KC


LJ is trying to aggravate beleaguered Chiefs head coach Todd Haley even further with his recent comments on  Twitter

Things just went from bad to worse for volatile running back Larry Johnson in Kansas City.  The one time NFL rushing leader and workhorse has definitely slowed down since his heyday of about 4 to 5 years ago.  Time, off the field problems, and injuries have definitely caught up with Johnson (30 on Nov. 19th). 

The former Penn State power back only had 874 yards on 193 carries with a 4.5 ypr average and 5 TDs in 2008, but you know he would be more than happy with those mediocre type numbers this year.   After another pedestrian effort (16 rushes for 49 yards with a long of 9 yards) on Sunday in a 37-7 loss to the Chargers, Johnson got on the offensive via Twitter against Chiefs head coach Todd Haley. 

Though Tweeting is sometimes unconfirmed for some athletes, I am pretty sure it was Johnson pulling his Blackberry on Haley.  Just read the following excerpts and you will see what I mean.

“my father got more credentials than most these pro coaches….google my father!!!”

“My father played for the coach from “remember the titans”. Our coach played golf. My father played for redskins briefly. Our coach. Nuthn”

It is never a good idea to jump-on your head coach, but doing so in a public form only fans the flames even more.  Johnson’s alleged tweets are pretty inflammatory stuff and you can only expect things to get more heated between Haley, Johnson, and overall Chiefs organization.    

The Chiefs are pretty downtrodden right now with a record of 1-6 and Johnson isn’t doing much better (132 rushes for 358 yards, 2.7 ypc, and 0 TDs).   Also remember it was the fiery Haley who was the coach that got into it verbally with Anquan Boldin last year on the sidelines during the Cardinals’ Super Bowl run. 

 So expect some kind of fine, suspension, or some other disciplinary action to be coming Johnson’s way.  If I were backups Kolby Smith and Jamaal Charles, I would be getting my legs ready for more running after the Chiefs’ bye week.


Chad Ochocinco apparently will still Twitter during games despite NFL ban

It maybe just plan conjecture, but Bengals loquacious receiver Chad Ochocinco being “Ocho Cinco” is stubbornly maintaining his stance toward the NFL’s edict against in-game use of the online communication site Twitter.

Recently in a Dayton Daily News interview Ochocinco said, “There’s a lot of things they don’t want me to do”. He continued, “I do it anyway. They know that. I don’t know why they even fussing about it. When I say I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it, regardless of what they say.”

The NFL through spokesman Greg Aiello recently said regarding Ochocinco’s plans, “We already have a rule that prohibits the use of cell phones or other handheld devices in the bench area during games”.  I firmly don’t believe that the Cincinnati Bengals, owner Mike Brown, or head coach Marvin Lewis will allow any Twitter action during games on the sidelines or lockerroom.  But you know this saga is not going away anytime soon as Ochocinco just loves to get into disputes with the league office, whether it is his post-scoring endzone shenanigans or wanting to change his jersey nameplate after the league already produced and sold jerseys with his old name.

You would think that Ochocinco would be more worried about much more than Tweeting during games when there are much more pressing items are swirling around the Bengals.  The myriad of issues includes: the team is coming off a 4-11-1 season, no playoff appearances since 2005, quarterback Carson Palmer recovering from elbow woes, the Super Bowl Champion Steelers dominating the AFC North division, head coach Marvin Lewis being on one of the hottest seats in the NFL, over five players with past or present off the field run-ins with the law and so much more. 

At age 31 and on the downside of his career, the man formerly known as “Chad Johnson” doesn’t seem to have much time left with the Bengals so he needs to forget endzone celebrations, crying over his contract, in-game Tweeting, putting-in his gold teeth mouthpiece, yapping at NFL Network’s Solomon Wilcots, or any of his other distracting behavior.  Much like Terrell Owens, Ochocinco is quickly becoming more of a headache than his play on the field warrants — coming off his worst season (only 53 rec, 540 yards, and 4 TDs) since his rookie season in 2001 – and around the NFL that is not a good mix for employment.

Hopefully #85 quiets down about Twitter and getting under the NFL league office’s skin as right now he is nowhere near the “Future H.O.F” jacket he sported a couple of years ago after scoring touchdown.  But you know once the HBO: Hard Knocks cameras start rolling in training camp that Ochocinco will be looking to put on a show.

In case you wanted it… I have included a hyperlink to Ochocinco’s Twitter feed.


Lloyd Vance is a Sr. NFL Writer for Taking It to the House and an award winning member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA)