As we make a belated, train-ride-home review of our colleague and friend Peter King’s indispensable Monday Morning Quarterback column, I stopped in my tracks to share a great observation that Peter has made regarding the respective performances of Titans running back Chris Johnson and Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson through 25 percent of the 2010 season.
Through four games, Johnson has 354 yards on 94 carries. Tomlinson has 341 yards on 56 carries.
C.J.’s average? 3.77 yards per carry. L.T.’s? 6.09.
Johnson repeatedly vowed before the season to rush for 2,500 yards in 2010. He’s currently on pace to fall more than 1,000 yards short — and more than 500 yards behind his 2009 total.
So while Johnson has plenty of work to do to win the A.P. offensive player of the year award for a second time (or the MVP award for a first time), Tomlinson looks to be the early favorite to run away with the comeback player of the year award.