Johnson's been a no-gain Chief
September, 30, 2009
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson
Thanks to AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky and to Alok Pattani of ESPN Stats & Information, I’ve come across a very interesting nugget about Kansas City running back Larry Johnson.
It illustrates just how ineffective Johnson has been this season. Johnson is tied for the fifth highest percentage of plays for a loss or no gain in the league among rushers with at least 20 touches. Sixteen of Johnson’s 54 rush attempts have been for no gain. That’s startling.
Johnson has 136 yards rushing and he is averaging just 2.5 yards per carry. His longest run is 14 yards. Johnson hit rock bottom in Week 3 against Philadelphia as he ran for 38 yards on 19 carries.
The Chiefs wanted Johnson, who turns 30 in November, to be a workhorse this year. He just hasn’t been up to it so far. To Johnson’s defense, the Kansas City offensive line has not been good.
Still, Johnson isn’t creating plays like he used to. If his lack of production continues, watch for Jamaal Charles to get more carries.