Mornhinweg: Jets have a first-ballot Hall of Famer in Chris Johnson

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New Jets running back Chris Johnson says he’s confident the team will keep feeding him the ball this season. Given the way Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg talks about Johnson, that seems like a safe bet.

According to Mornhinweg, Johnson isn’t just a good running back. He’s an all-time great running back.

He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” Mornhinweg told ESPN.

That statement is, frankly, ridiculous, based on what Johnson has accomplished so far. Johnson has 7,965 rushing yards in his career, which is nowhere near enough to merit Hall of Fame consideration. (Jerome Bettis has almost 6,000 more yards than Johnson and has been voted down by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee.)

Maybe Mornhinweg means he thinks the 28-year-old Johnson will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer after a great few seasons with the Jets. Johnson considers himself capable of another 2,000-yard season, which would make him the only player in NFL history to top 2,000 rushing yards twice. If Johnson does that, we can start talking seriously about his merits as a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

126 responses to “Mornhinweg: Jets have a first-ballot Hall of Famer in Chris Johnson

  1. These jet coaches are delusional. Mark Sanchez is a first ballot hall of famer too. These guys need to stop making these players think they are better then what they are. It gives them a sense of entitlement. Which then follows with falling flat on there faces.

  2. When you’re an organization that wallows in a treadmill of mediocrity, just look at how the front office is run and the delusions of the coaching staff, and you should see why.

  3. CJ2K is a first ballot HOF? Maybe this tactic will sell tickets, but the only HOF on the Jets is on the Oline. Best player on the team is Temple’s finest Muhammad Wilkerson…the dude is a KILLER!

  4. I needed a great laugh this morning and this was it
    If he has 3 yrs at 1300 or more yards i would say ok but not now
    1000 yards every1 gets now over 16 games

  5. A retread coach (loser at Detroit and elsewhere) thinks he knows who a HOF player is? If CJ does make it it’ll be from no help from Mornhinweg.

  6. Says the former Head Coach with the career record of 5-27 who most famous coaching decision was to take the wind in OT game never to get the ball back and lose the game.

    It will be interesting to see what the new Jets coaching staff has to say next pre season.

  7. “These guys need to stop making these players think they are better then what they are. It gives them a sense of entitlement”

    Chris Johnson doesn’t need any help in thinking that he’s better than he really is. He’s thought that way for years now.

  8. @Realskipbayless Say what you will about Chris Johnson, but NO ONE gets lucky and has a 2,000 yard season. It’s only been done 7 times in NFL history. Is Johnson’s somehow less worthy than the other 6?

  9. Yeah, no. At least not yet. And I don’t think he gets close to the 6000 more yards he needs to catch Bettis. But even if he does, they still overpaid for him.

  10. HA! Can’t wait to hear Chris Johnson’s acceptance speech into Canton! Nobody will be able to understand what that metal mouth even says.

  11. Let us all not forget what Mornhinweg is best known for. Keep that in mind when considering the words that come out of his mouth.

  12. dg0122 says:
    Jul 5, 2014 9:59 AM

    Statements like that get you fired when they underperform
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    If that were the case, why is Rex Ryan still there?

  13. With all do respect to the delusional Jets Coaches and Fans… The greatest Jets RB was Curtis Martin and his best year was under 1700 yds. The next closest RB was Freeman McNeil, he never had a 1000yd season, but had a great steady career. I do think CJ can get about 1300, but this will be with all-purpose (passing). The Jets OLine is not dominating enough to do a 30-40 plays on the ground.

  14. How about we go ahead and let him finish his career before we decide on the HOF? The guy definitely is not in yet, but also most definitely has a shot over the next 4-5 years. That’s all that can honestly be said of CJ right NOW. We shall see.

  15. Chris Johnson has had some very good seasons but he doesn’t compare to Tiki Barber, the best RB since Walter Payton. Tiki was a great performer and team first leader. He made Eli into a Super Bowl QB.

  16. @Realskipbayless Say what you will about Chris Johnson, but NO ONE gets lucky and has a 2,000 yard season. It’s only been done 7 times in NFL history. Is Johnson’s somehow less worthy than the other 6?
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    Well let’s see.
    Oj Simpson
    Eric Dickerson
    Barry Sanders
    Terell Davis
    Jamal Lewis
    Adrian Peterson….
    So far I would say yeah compared to the others it might’ve been more of a fluke..

  17. Now TWO people believe! Reach for the stars, CJ, but the only way you’ll see Canton is on a family trip there in a few years……SMH

  18. Bold statement.

    If he can get 5000 more yards, it’d be a debate.

    Only RB you can say “1st ballot HOFer” would be AP.

  19. Johnson has had over 1400 total yards every year, ran 1000 every season and missed two games his whole career. If he puts two or three more years of these numbers in today’s nfl, what’s to say he isn’t.

  20. According to NFL pundits, coaches, and players CJ2k is one of the Best Blocking RB’s in the league. That’s why he plays 3 Downs. Look up the numbers The Average point of contact for him in Tennessee the last few years was 2 yards BEHIND The Line of Scrimmage. Coupling that with NO QB, NO BIG Play WR’s and TOP 5-10 League Worst Lines. And still some how Manage to Rush for over a 1000Yards/SEASON. With a 2000 yards Season which in NO WAY WAS A FLUKE(this is the NFL PEOPLE)! Yea I can see Y when A New Coach gets their hand on a Weapon like that, they Rave about them. And the Kid Run a 4.2. Yea I would be excited too.

  21. Oh Marty….. Not sure what’s in the water… It does make for great pizza dough!

    Your coaching record just about sums it up for me…. 5-27…

  22. For the first national televised game, if he is lucky enough to score, he needs to borrow his namesakes Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson’s HoF jacket to strut around the sideline!

  23. goldrush36 says:
    Jul 5, 2014 11:22 AM
    @Realskipbayless Say what you will about Chris Johnson, but NO ONE gets lucky and has a 2,000 yard season. It’s only been done 7 times in NFL history. Is Johnson’s somehow less worthy than the other 6?
    ———————————————-
    Well let’s see.
    Oj Simpson
    Eric Dickerson
    Barry Sanders
    Terell Davis
    Jamal Lewis
    Adrian Peterson….
    So far I would say yeah compared to the others it might’ve been more of a fluke

    Lucky may have been a bad word to describe it but I ‘ll agree with this guy and say fluke.

  24. “That statement is, frankly, ridiculous, based on what Johnson has accomplished so far. Johnson has 7,965 rushing yards in his career, which is nowhere near enough to merit Hall of Fame consideration.”

    I agree with the first half of that statement. Chris Johnson in the Hall of Fame is ridiculous.

    However, the media needs to stop just comparing career stats to determine HOF status. Gale Sayers had less than 5,000 yards rushing and is in the Hall of Fame.

  25. I know coaches want to talk their players up, but that’s just an absurd statement to make. I’d be surprised if he got into the HOF at all.

  26. Its crazy how when a player goes from a small market to a big one, or from a perennial loser to a NFL “classic” favorite team, they all of the sudden become great players and Hall of Famers???

    Teams like Cincinnati, Jax, Tampa, KC, Buffalo, Arizona, Tennessee never stand a chance.

  27. can you imagine being in a division where your opponents are..
    Buffalo
    Miami
    Jets

    my god, how can the other team ever not have what appears to be a great record? between this and the cheating, I just don’t see how anyone can be impressed by Pats or BBs supposed accomplishments

  28. One great season mixed together within a half-dozen par seasons isn’t what gets a player into the HoF.

  29. politicallyincorrect says:
    Jul 5, 2014 12:39 PM
    can you imagine being in a division where your opponents are..
    Buffalo
    Miami
    Jets

    my god, how can the other team ever not have what appears to be a great record? between this and the cheating, I just don’t see how anyone can be impressed by Pats or BBs supposed accomplishments

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    The Patriots record against the other AFC teams is just as good. Against the NFC it is better.

    It doesn’t matter if you are impressed… It is still impressive.

  30. restorativejusticeprogram says:
    Jul 5, 2014 11:58 AM
    “I want to announce that he will rush for 2,500 yards this year … before the Jets coaches do.”

    I don’t think any of the keys coaches will even get close to 2500 yards!

  31. Oops! That was supposed to say:
    “I don’t think any of the Jets coaches will even get close to 2500 yards!”

  32. Not just Hall of Fame….but First-ballot

    They had one awhile back, his name was Ladainian Tomlinson.

    And if you know what LT looks like, you know without a doub what Chris Johnson isn’t.

    CJ2K isn’t even a hall of fame mention.

  33. I think CJ is a good player but here is why he is not a HOF rb let alone a 1st ballot……. Most of the rb’s in the HOF were the most dominant of their time. Roger Craig isn’t in it with ridiculous production as a rb and receiver. Aside from his 2k year all his other season production is a dime a dozen in the NFL. If you aren’t hitting 1k in a full season you are either mediocre or part time. Hell Frank Gore is still popping off 1200+ seasons

  34. Mornhinweg go home you are drunk!!!!

    these jets coaches are all talk no action!! ryan all talk no action!!! lmao jets bringing rex back!! guy will be fired after thye jst resigned him..watch!

  35. Chris Johnson has the most 80 + yard runs in the history of the NFL by one player…more than AP

    He came out a year after AP…so he has a ways to go…

    The jury is still put on Chris Johnson, after all he has rushed for at least 1,000 yards every season he has played in the NFL (6) with a up high mark over 2,000…

    The question is…how will he finish his career? Strong with big seasons or run down and his body not wih the same burst like most runningbacks?

    Signed —Titans Fan Dan — Go CJ! And Bishop Sankey #20 CJ’s replacement…

  36. How can you say something like that now? The season hasn’t even started. That’s a typical thing that would come out of the Jet’s organization.
    Let’s see what he does when it comes to the time.
    1st ballot is a strong statement.

  37. sportsnut101 says:
    Jul 5, 2014 9:51 AM
    I needed a great laugh this morning and this was it
    If he has 3 yrs at 1300 or more yards i would say ok but not now
    1000 yards every1 gets now over 16 games

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    come on posters…

    1,000 yards in 16 games is 62.5 yards a game.

    Now, ONLY 17 running backs average MORE than 62.5 yards a game last season in the NFL…

    4 of those 17 backs did not rush for 1,000 yards last season…

    and not all 17 of those backs played all 16 games either.

    I’m not saying they had to play all 16 games.

    Most backs that play 5 games or 9 or 11 still can’t average 62.5 yards a game…

    There were 48 qualified rushers in the NFL last season and only the top 17 averaged 62.5 yards or more a game.

    A lot of teams had NO ONE average 62.5 or more a game for them last year…

    so no, everyone doesn’t get 1,000 yards in 16 games… not even close actually…

  38. Only one running back has ever carried the Titans to the playoffs and Eddie George did it twice. #whoischrisjohnson

  39. Yeah, using the Bus as a bench mark, who has more yards, a Super Bowl ring, and more Pro Bowl seasons, I’d say Johnson has a long way to go.

  40. Patsfan..

    sorry… the Pats are not impressive IMO… low class org caught cheating…..

    and that division virtually guarantees they get in playoffs every year.. and in a conf like the AFC, maybe further…

    I am not at all impressed by BB or the Pats run the past decade….. I believe it to be a mirage… and what have they won????

    Pats, Jets, Bills and Dolphins – that is a pathetic division

  41. paychrisjohnson28 says:
    Jul 5, 2014 4:45 PM
    Chris Johnson has the most 80 + yard runs in the history of the NFL by one player…more than AP

    He came out a year after AP…so he has a ways to go…

    The jury is still put on Chris Johnson, after all he has rushed for at least 1,000 yards every season he has played in the NFL (6) with a up high mark over 2,000…

    The question is…how will he finish his career? Strong with big seasons or run down and his body not wih the same burst like most runningbacks?

    Signed —Titans Fan Dan — Go CJ! And Bishop Sankey #20 CJ’s replacement…

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    That is the exact reason he has so many yards. iI he get’s through the line he can easily be gone, but he is horrible at getting tough yards.

  42. One 2000 yd season is not enough to get you into the HoF. The rest of his of seasons are fairly average and he never helped his team do much.

    The year of the 2000yd season they went 8-8, just how special was his best year if they could only win 50%.

    I think Johnson has a really, really tough road to the HoF. He needs to be on a team whose season was special because of him not just because he had a great season.

  43. Marty Mornhinweg has spent too much time listening to Rex Ryan. He’s saying stupid stuff, too.

  44. have had a lot of respect for mornhinweg. why say stuff like that? what does it accomplish?

  45. When someone becomes a Jet, they immediately get injected with an inferiority complex, which causes them to uncontrollably run their mouth and suffer from delusions.

    The Jests always have been, and always will be, the little annoying brothers of the Giants. I know it, they know it, and now you know it as well. You’re welcome.

  46. Earl Campbell is in the HOF and has 9,407 career rushing yards, 74 rushing TDs, and a career YPC of 4.3. Campbell played for 8 seasons.

    Chris Johnson has only played 6 seasons so far and has 7,965 yards, 94 rushing TD, and a career YPC of 4.6. If he rushes for 1,000 yards over in each of the next two seasons that would give him 9.965 which would be more than Campbell. He already has more rushing TDs than Campbell, and a better YPC.

    I am not here to say Johnson is a sure fire lock to be a HOF’er, but somebody should do some research before proclaiming his yardage total isn’t enough to get him into the hall.

    Larry Csonka has 8,081 career rushing yards.

    Here are some running backs that have less rushing yards than Chris Johnson and are in the Hall of Fame:

    Leroy Kelly: 7,274
    Floyd Little: 6,323
    Steve Van Buren: 5,860
    Hugh McElhenny: 5,281
    Lenny Moore: 5,174
    Ollie Matson: 5,173
    Gail Sayers: 4,956
    Tony Canadeo: 4,197
    Paul Hornung: 3,711
    Frank Gifford: 3,609

    And there are more as I was only counting those listed as HB or TB. I didn’t include FB.

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