From the Truman Sports Complex
Put Larry Johnson and Jamaal Charles into a room, hand them a standardized test and put them on the clock and there’s no doubt who would answer the most questions in the shortest amount of time and achieve the highest score.
That would be Johnson.
But on Monday, Charles showed he’s a lot smarter and brighter than his teammate. During the Chiefs open locker room period the second-year running back was asked about the Twitter comments of his teammate that sound like blasts of head coach Todd Haley and his lack of a background in playing football.
Charles doesn’t always do the right thing on the football field β see the blocked punt by San Diego on Sunday – but on this day in the locker room, he handled things a lot smarter than Johnson did Sunday night.
“I’m staying away from that,” said Charles. “I’m just going out there and playing, I’m not getting caught up in that.”
Does it bother Charles that Haley did not play football in college or the pros?
“I’m just going out there and playing football,” said Charles. “I don’t care if Coach Haley ever played football.”
For those who do not deal with Twitter, here’s what was posted on L.J.’s twitter account on Sunday evening after the Chiefs 37-7 loss to the Chargers:
“My father got more credentials than most of these pro coaches. Google my father!!!!!!!”
Then a second tweet: “My father played for the coach from ‘rememeber the titans.’ Our coach played golf. My father played for redskins briefley. Our coach. Nuthn.”Β
Now, there is plenty of stuff posted on Twitter than turns out to be bogus. Former Chiefs President-GM Carl Peterson had a Twitter page back in the spring. Turns out Peterson knew nothing about it and eventually it was closed down.
But Johnson’s attitude upon his arrival in the locker room Monday was a pretty good indication that he was the tweeting party. He refused to speak on the matter and used a slur to verbally chase away the media. His agent confirmed that Johnson was the tweeter. It’s safe to say that Johnson did shoot off his twitter.
Haley said late Monday afternoon that the organization was looking into matters involving Johnson and his comments and his Twitter page. But Johnson’s page on Twitter has been made private, meaning people can see it only if they are allowed access.
Listen, there’s no doubt that Johnson is frustrated by what’s going on with this team. Publicly at least, he’s been drinking the Pioli/Haley Kool-Aid from day one. Privately, he worked his butt off to conform to what the new regime wanted in the way of conditioning and approach. He’s often talked about how much better things are with the new folks in charge.
But his miserable rushing performance in seven games and a 1-6 record created a volcano of frustration that Johnson was unable to hold. Thus the lava spewed.
In the big picture, this is no big deal; a player is frustrated with losing. That’s no surprise. He takes his anger out on the head coach. That’s no surprise either. Better the head coach than his teammates.
What makes it a big deal is what happens next. How does Todd Haley respond? How does Johnson handle things going forward? Will he continue to work hard and do what he’s asked? Or, will he become that sulking RB we saw last year before he was suspended by the Chiefs?
Was this just another case of Larry’s inability to handle his emotions, or is he representative of the thinking right now in the Chiefs locker room?
There will be much more to twitter on this subject.