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Larry Johnson gets in the end zone again -- finally

I'm rooting for Larry Johnson. I don't mind telling you that. I love a good redemption story.

Thursday night, Johnson did all he could to find a roster spot on the Dolphins -- rushing for 39 yards on 10 carries and scoring a touchdown from 22 yards out.

Johnson showed he can still set up blocks, still beat the one tackler the blocking does not account for, and still has the ability to run downhill when given a chance. The Dolphins can use that as insurance behind Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas.

Does that put Lex Hilliard's spot at risk? Sure.

Hilliard has been a nice reserve, but he's mostly a special teams player. Want to hear something crazy? Johnson, 31, recently volunteered to play special teams for the Dolphins. He volunteered to go into special teams meetings.

No, he wasn't actually on special teams against Dallas. But the sentiment is impressive.

Johnson hasn't really played since 2008 because the last two seasons have been a nightmare. Fact is the last NFL he scored prior to Thursday night came against the Dolphins in December of 2008. Long time ago.

That suggests Johnson is still rusty and once he knocks off some of that rust, he might be better still. Obviously that is the glass half-full view.

Johnson isn't depending on that. He figures even if the Dolphins don't keep him, he showed some other NFL team that he still knows how to find the end zone. I wrote about the importance of this preseason game and the work done by Johnson and Will Allen in my column for the Miami Herald today. Please read it.

And please listen to the postgame interview below that Johnson conducted with a handful of reporters.

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Armando,

You're going to ,make some Hilliard lovers here really unhappy! LOL...

Mando, Any idea when the cut list be announced? Today or Tommorrow?

That last entry surely didn't last long.

Dolfdan13,

All teams must be down to final 53 by noon Satuirday. So, the final cuts list will be out sometime between now and noonish tomorrow.

Cuts do not have to be made until Tuesday, although some will likelym occur before that.

You are welcome.

Cuts must be made by Saturday.

I do not care about them.

Cuts made Tuesday? LOL......................

Are you kidding, teams will be well into preparations for thier week 1 opponents Tuesday!

You Are Welcome. LOL...

I guess we will see - 4 arrests for aggravated assault against women, including at least one that involved a handgun.

I have doubts, but learning some humility from the experiences may change him. I hope so for him first, then for the Dolphins

I already stated I could care less.

Unlike you, I do not equate intelligence or cleverness with knowing the exact date of NFL cutdowns. If, however it was a discussion of Keneysian Economics or the mathematic experimentations of Godel, or the cultural makeup of Benin, I would wipe the floor with you.

Have a nice day.

LBJ,

I already stated I could care less.

Unlike you, I do not equate intelligence or cleverness with knowing the exact date of NFL cutdowns. If, however it was a discussion of Keneysian Economics or the mathematic experimentations of Godel, or the cultural makeup of Benin, I would wipe the floor with you.

Have a nice day.
Posted by: LBJ | September 02, 2011 at 01:27 PM


This sounds like an academic topic to be more adequately discussed with U.S. immigration officials. Hope your documentations are fully in order. LOL...

Hey LBJ, why don't you learn to spell "Keynesian" if you are going to be an intellectual dbag about it? And you could care less. You care enough to post, so, in theory, you could care less by not posting at all. Please, LBJ, care less!

You guys seriously don't recognize LBJ is just yanking your chains? If not, maybe he's right about your lack of smarts!

Yeah LBJ, I have a Masters of Economics and Accounting from Duke. And I can spell the things I claim to be an expert on. I don't eat Nachos. Someone who looks like me doesn't eat that crap. And I hate reality TV except I do get a kick out of Jersey Shore in small doses...

You guys have a great day. Again "real life" beckons! LOL...

Im out, have a great day LBJ! LOL...

Oh, I think it's pretty safe to say I surpass you on more than a few levels. The first of which would be the ability to obviously be screwing around with you to get a rise and having you obediently play along.

Nothing personal. Just enjoy being the "puppeteer" at times.

Carry on, lad.

i hope the fins keep larry johnson, that would give our backfield a nice trio, two of them being hard nosed vetrans who play with an attitude that eluded ricky and ronnie, these two guys are going to be great mentors for thomas and johnson will provide the depth and need for a beefier back. i'm also hoping that sparano sees the weekness on the right side of the O-LINE as a great oppourtunity to use this to play in our favor, you see, we all KNOW that the left side is the best in the league, this makes a clear advantage in knowing that most of the pressure will come from the right side. we can plan on this, henne can plan on this, daboll can plan on this, it is an oppourtunistic time for variations of a single play involving disguised blocking schemes that feature polite as a blocker/reciever, and bush as the big threat, these plays can become new bread and butter plays as the wild-cat once did. lets exploit our own weakness into a massive strength. GO FINS!!!

A few weeks ago I would not have agreed with Armando about this situation. I like Lex Hilliard and believe he is an asset. But from what I have seen from DaBoll, I feel he knows how to use the talent that is on the football team. There is no denying the fact that Larry Johnson has a very solid resume', and there have been no crippling injuries that have disabled those God given talents. Lex Hilliard is also a talented player, but I feel his talent is much more utilitarian rather then Ball control and vertical ball movement.
I have seen players like Emmit Smith, Ricky Williams, Marshall Faulk and others who in their later careers not only played within their abilities physically, but have that veteran edge, the ability that playing not only with talent, but with knowledge. At 31 and having 2 years without any playing time, I can see Johnson becoming a damned dangerous back for Miami. I really jope Miami can find a way to keep them both, but that is unlikely.
But should I be given the choice, I would keep Larry Johnson and allow a good Pro Bowl caliber player add depth and brains to a running games the really could use it.

A few weeks ago I would not have agreed with Armando about this situation. I like Lex Hilliard and believe he is an ass.


Posted by: "With fire and signs following" | September 02, 2011 at 01:55 PM
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I don't get it. You like the guy but also think he's an ass?

I'm not sold on Larry Johnson. I think Hilliard is a fine #3. Plus he's a special teams star, so I'd keep him. Daniel Thomas will get better with time. Hope Bush stays healthy, and you still got Polite. So that's enough for me. All we really need to do is run just enough to set-up the pass. And what many don't realize is teams KNOW what Miami wants to do. They've been putting 10 in the box against us for years. They'll CONTINUE to do that, to force Henne to beat them. And, now with Daboll, I think this might be the year Henne takes the bait, and shows opposing defenses he ain't a punk.

A few weeks ago I would not have agreed with Armando about this situation. I like Lex Hilliard and believe he is an ass.


Posted by: "With fire and signs following" | September 02, 2011 at 01:55 PM
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I don't get it. You like the guy but also think he's an ass?

Posted by: trey | September 02, 2011 at 01:58 PM
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I clearly wrote "asset"... Not "ass", you blithering idiot.....

Now I remember why I left this blog months ago... It is full of insolent children who still poop their pants and trollish fools who destroy everything they touch or get involved with “Just to watch it burn”. See ya in another 6 months… Idiots…


As a avid Miami Dolphins fan, I have Laughed and cried for this team, I have rejoyced and been mad at this team, But this year im optimistic, I like our chances. Im a fan of the fins for better or for worse, Go Miami, #1 Connecticut fan.

LBJ-
comma after however bro, not if.

Man, I don't know how to even come up to LV this Season in Horseracing. They are being unmercifully tough.(I have to learn more(that's for Losers in Gambling) I have to learn more).

Hilliard did not stand out this pre-season. By now with all of the time he's been on this team I expected him to make progress and show something. He did not. He has never proven himself as a back you can trust with any kind of meaningful workload and Larry Johnson has. RBs are easily replaceable and it's my opinion that they keep Larry J. this year if they have to cut one or the other. They can always upgrade with younger guys next year through the draft or free agency. This team needs the best players to make the final cut not "good guys" who mean well.

Lex has had years to show he can be an RB in the NFL. Hasn't shown it. Time to give someone else a chance.

Also rooting for Johnson, especially after we didn't keep either Ricky or Ronnie to back up our rookie RB.

What's wrong, Armando?

Ahh, finally.

i was all excited last night when larry made it into the endzone ..WITH ....his johnson.

A 22 yard scoring run is impressive by any standard, especially at the pro level. What is not so impressive is the fact that it was the longest of 10 runs, which netted 39 total yards. Which means that if you take away that one run, he would have run for 17 yards on 9 attempts, or about 1.9 yards a carry. Granted, long runs are all a part of a legitimate aspect in figuring out average yards per carry, but usually even when you take long runs out of the equation, most average running backs still average at least 3.5 to 4 yards per carry. In other words, Johnson needs to pick up the average yards per carry overall if he wants to succeed in the NFL once again. I wish him the best, but this is not a sufficient barometer for identifying his success.

Sometimes, when I talk about the Miami Dolphins, I feel as if I'm in an intellectual conversation about the 6 types (or flavors) of the elementary particle and fundamental constituent of matter known as the Quark. For it seems that I am using the same words; "Up, Down, Strange, Charm, Bottom, and Top"!!!
Go Fins!!!

Didn't Armando rip this signing when they made it because it set a bad example and showed a lack of managerial foresight? Now he's cheering for it as a redemption story?

Flip flop

Winston,

Chris Johnson averaged 4.3 yds per attempt last year including the long runs, so LJ's average is not all that bad!

Ah, another one.

I will keep it , Armando.

We are rooting for LJ as well. We never got a shot at redemption.

The Quark is passe' as everybody knows. You want to have a good time? Keep on searching.

"With Fire and Signs Following" @ 2:09 pm -

Dude, surely you were not referencing Me? I took your comment concerning "poop" in the pants a bit personal. Say it ain't so, please!

LBJ:

You were a lousy president, and you are even less competent posing as an intellectual. Try refuse collection or perhaps janitorial services. Good luck.

Larry Johnson could become the John Riggins for the Phins.

Just tore a strip of a writer from CNNSI. His comment 'good chance the Pats and Jets make the playoffs again this year'. Huh? Geez, I guess there's no point in even playing the games then. He also figures 'the Pats improved their defence from last year too'. Huh? Oh yeah, I forgot the big man, Albert Haynesworth, the guy who has missed three weeks of practice already and just played his first pre-season game last night. Yeah, I guess we might as well conced the division. Another doozy...'the Pats have an easy first 4 games'.....this guy is brilliant!!

He's got the Jets at 11-5, despite all the changes to their team and the Dolphins 5-11. Somehow we're going to be 2 games worse than last year, when we threw away four games and still finished 7-9 and despite some postive changes tot he team. Just goes to show there are a lot of douchebags in the media who do no research and parrot what everybody else is saying.

Clifton Brown is a MORON........why cnnsi calls him an expert anaylist at anything is just plain ignorant.

I wouldnt believe him if he told me he was Black...

*** WHAT...No LOL? Not once, but TWICE? ***

Guys I just had to point this out, I couldn't believe what I was seeing! The INFAMOUS Dying Breed actually posted TWICE today without his trademark LOL. Mark this day down in history. LOL!!!


NHFins,

The Jets will always be remembered as the girl who's panties were left hanging from the door knob when all is said and doen in reference to the two afc championship appearances. To get there and lose is likened to not getting there at all.

Remember Marino, he got to a SB but his ring finger his still bare.

Posted by: DyingBreed | September 02, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Dolfdan13,

All teams must be down to final 53 by noon Satuirday. So, the final cuts list will be out sometime between now and noonish tomorrow.

Posted by: DyingBreed | September 02, 2011 at 01:17 PM

superPHIN,

I think this was Ben Reiter. Don't know him but yes a MORON.

Craig:

Great post. I am going to say this right now. Screw the national media. I sincerely think Miami will be that surprise team that no one sees coming. Our defense will be the tops in our division. I am still holding my breath on Henne, but we will run the ball better than we have the past 2 years and if Henne plays even a little better than average, we will win at least ten games. Jets? Wayyyyyyyyyy over rated. The media luvs them b/c of Rex. The Pats? No receivers and their offensive line will struggle, showing age in key spots.

This year hopefully Super Mario will be fist pumping for several more TDs instead of merely FGs. Then he can finally shave his ear hair.

We only find credibility in the analysts who speak favorably about our team. Any ex coach or analyst who does not have a favorable opinion is a fool, idiot, clueless moron that doesn't know half of what we bloggers know.

LouD,

You might like the idea of having a big bruising Johnson in your backfield..........ah..........let me rephrase that-LOL(it's OK. Mand O: doesn't mind gay male humor. Just don't say anything about two girls smooching while wearing "Love Pink" T-shirts).

Seriously, I like the idea of Johnson being in the stable. Even at this point in his career, I think he's obviously the better pure runner in regards to Hilliard.

However, I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss Hilliards special teams value. I myself believe special teams cost us at least 2 games, probably 3.

Hope we can somehow keep both.

We only find credibility in the analysts who speak favorably about our team. Any ex coach or analyst who does not have a favorable opinion is a fool, idiot, clueless moron that doesn't know half of what we bloggers know.

Posted by: Typical Fin Fan | September 02, 2011 at 03:53 PM

True. Craig M knows way more than John Gruden.


And any typical fin fan who posts what you did is actually a dork who roots for the Jets or Pats. Now go to work. I would like the super kiss package, and make sure you vacuum under the seats and wipe down the side view mirrors on my mercedes you twit.

"big bruising johnson in your backfield"

WOW..that was a good one...took me a minute to take it all in...oops...you know what I meant!

Carlitos,

Good point! But from the perspective that Johnson has crossed the 30 year threshold, every year is a fresh evaluation for potential production. Not to say that he can't pick up where he left off with regard to past success, but using this performance as an accurate gage for what to expect in the up-coming season is not practical, especially considering he has only played football on a sporadic basis over the last couple of years, and that continuity has been somewhat interrupted. He can do it, but only time will tell.

I wouldn't mind keeping Johnson. He's a veteran with little wear the past 2 years, and he seems to genuinely want to finish out his career on a high note like he said, so hopefully that means no more off the field issues.

My biggest questions are: What happened the past 2 years? How much can he help the team this year? Is he a possible one year wonder, or is there a few years after that?

I certainly don't think having him will be a problem like it was his last two stops. It's pretty straight forward with Sparano. If you have problems in the locker room or with the FO, you are gone. I can just imagine how much they are weighing taken a chance with a proven vet over a guy like Hilliard with upside and special teams ability.

If I were to weigh it all, take the chance with Johnson. Sparano needs this season to count, and with Daniel Thomas a real crap shoot, it's better to have the guy who's done it backing him up rather than the guy who may finally develop.

This is not difficult; The Dolphins need to keep Larry Johnson

Sir Craig, we're Miami, not the precious Jests or Patsies, AND, it's CNN, and even worse SI, who, like ESPN HATES anything Miami oriented, or so it seems.
Your analysis of that crap was perfecto!

These so called experted can F-themselves. I'll crack them over the head with my trusty clipboard.

RexsBowelLover

Thank you for perfectly confirming my post @ 3:53

I am going to fist pump thos CNNSI writers in the groin.

Tony's gonna hit Belicheat of the head with a Chx parm sandwich in a week!

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