I Thought Chris Johnson Played Running Back


What you are about read (I hope) is not directly Eagles-related, but it’s telling evidence of what can happen when rookies blow up during their first NFL season.

Titans running back Chris Johnson has been all over the headlines this week. First, he announced his brand spanking new nickname. As PFT reported, Chris has ditched the “Smash and Dash” moniker he shared with portly touchdown vulture LenDale White. He now wants to be referred to as “Every Coach’s Dream.” Catchy, isn’t?

Here’s a beauty of a quote from Chrissy on why he took it upon himself to change his handle:

“Because they say every team has its own identity.  I feel for me, I can’t be noticed as a group any more.  I am my own guy.’’

He may be on to something here. That pesky “group” concept that plagues NFL football is utter nonsense. Evidently, Johnson was feeling crowded by his association with backfield bro LenDale. He needed room to breathe. Separating himself from the pack and being his own man is definitely the way to go in team sports. It’s worked so well for Ocho Cinco and TO. They’re “Every Coach’s Dream” too, right?

Johnson isn’t stopping with the new nickname, though. He’s also using his Twitter account to solicit suggestions for touchdown celebrations for the upcoming season. It’s his intention to outshine Ocho and Owens in the over-the-top department.

If one lucky fan should tweet Johnson a winner, at least they won’t have to worry about paying the inevitable hefty fine:

“If it’s better than T.O. or Ochocinco, I’ll pay the fine,” Johnson said.

What a guy! That Chris Johnson is one heck of a humanitarian.

Head coach Jeff Fisher doesn’t seem too concerned:

“I’m not expecting him to do anything that will cost the team a penalty nor any of his teammates,” Fisher said.

Bless Fisher’s heart. I love his misguided optimism. Late yesterday, he added a real zinger to his initial thoughts. PFT again:

“I’m sure they’ll come up with something else,” Fisher said, according to Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.  “Dumb and Dumber or something.’’

Nice one, Jeff. Believe it or not, LenDale would end up giving the smartest response in this whole charade:

“I don’t know him [Johnson] right now.  I think it’s the Pro Bowl stuff — y’all created somebody we don’t want to see.’’

Who knew White was so profound? A USC education will do that, I guess.

I’ve read where some Iggles fans are concerned DeSean will resort to similar antics. Well, thus far he’s been on his best behavior. Anything can happen over the next couple years. Jackson could become a prima donna should he reach elite status, but so far, so good. Let’s be glad he’s not behaving like a self-involved ass.

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  • Wilbert Montgomery

    LOL – maybe an “All Me” team would be good mid-June exercise. You obviously have a running back and a couple receivers already – although those are the easy positions. I’m gonna nominate Jerry Glanville as coach but there are probably some other very qualified candidates.

  • Scott Tunstall

    An “All Me” team. Not a bad idea. I might start working on that for next week. Glanville is a good suggestion, but I think I’ll try to keep it current. I have a coach already in mind.

    PS-If I post it, I’ll be sure to credit you :D

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    hey, i guess jackson was a little flamboyant in his rookie season. letting go of the ball before crossing the goal line and all that. players can get the “big head” thing, ala, micheal irvin. but when tragedy strikes, and with these types of players, it always does, they come back down to earth. if i’m right, jackson’s father passed away some short time ago? was’nt his dad also his football coach while in high school? if so, kids on that level seem to be a little more grounded and when these things happen in life they go back to the basics and draw off what they learned from life. jackon has dedicated 2009 to his dad? that should keep him on the focused, straight and narrow. i thought that jackson was going to develop into the same kind of prima-donna type of player you said, but when i heard this about his dad, i highly doubt it. he’ll be a better man for it. chris johnson on the other hand has got me very worried. i pick 8th in a 12 man fantasy league, and johnson was my target, but now i may re-think that strategy?

  • Scott Tunstall

    Dave – Jackson has dedicated his career to his late father. NFL Net ran a nice Father’s Day story on them that was really good. Jackson’s boneheaded play in Dallas was the ONLY blemish of his rookie season, as far as hotdog moves are concerned. I hope he doesn’t turn prima donna, but you never know with these guys.

    I’d still pick Johnson in Fantasy. He may be a clown off the field, but the dude can ball. Scary thing is, I think Felix Jones might be even better than Johnson.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    yes, felix is my sleeper 3rd round pick. i think felix will be the main focus of the cowboy offense this year. he’ll start! i do believe that. barber will be the compliment back, a role he’s perfect at. maybe the best compliment back in the league. choice will spell both of them. he’s proven he can fill that role as well. witten and roy will be a great recieving tandem and i think this allows romo to finally get down to business and manage this team instead of trying to win every game single handed. we’ll miss the out-put that owens brought to the table, but this does allow us to be balanced and not so one-dementional? look out for felix this year. yes jackson will be huge too. his head is on right. johnson will be big too, but injury is my worry with johnson and felix. but with that said you can’t really draft with injury on your mind because it makes you pass on good scoring potential. good talkin, and good luck in your up-coming fantasy season too.