A day after he was released by the Chiefs, Larry Johnson appeared on The Dan Patrick Show and attempted to portray himself as a competitive, hard-working running back who will show respect to his coaches and help whatever team acquires him to win.
When Patrick asked Johnson if he has anger issues, Johnson insisted that he doesn’t.
“No, it’s not an anger issue,” Johnson said. “I have a competitive issue. I like to put myself in situations where I always want to win, no matter what it is. I think sometimes that gets the best of me and I become overly competitive and try to control every little thing I can to make sure I’m winning everything and everyone around me is going to win, and sometimes I lose myself in that.”
Obviously, Johnson wants to paint himself as “competitive” because he’s looking for a job and he thinks that’s what NFL coaches want to hear. But lots of guys in the NFL are competitive. They don’t all insult their coaches and use homophobic slurs.
Johnson, however, insists that his competitiveness is a positive trait, and he said that some NFL team will pick him up and see that.
“I’m still going to try to run hard on every play,” Johnson said.
Patrick asked Johnson why he didn’t show respect to Chiefs coach Todd Haley, and Johnson insisted that he likes Haley and Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli and is sorry he won’t be able to help them turn the franchise around.
“I was — and still am — the biggest Todd Haley fan,” Johnson said. “I am a big Todd Haley fan and I’m a Scott Pioli fan.”
Johnson said he would love to prove himself elsewhere to the point that he re-signs with the Chiefs some day. But for now, he said he’ll play for whatever team is willing to have him.