Chris Johnson to the Jets has finally been realized. The two-headed monster of Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory is set to lead a revamped Jets’ offense this fall.
After leaving the building earlier in the week without an offer, many thought Johnson wasn’t signing here. Many of us felt that Chris Johnson wanted to be the featured back, and paid as such.
Johnson talked about that when he met with the media for the first time. He was asked about how his role was explained to him, and here is what he had to say:
Basically, it’s just a situation [where I’ll be] coming in and competing and just doing whatever [I can] to help the team win. Really, at the end of the day, I’m not coming in with too much of a concern about how the carries are going to be [distributed] or whatever like that. It’s a situation, from talking to Rex [Ryan], from talking to Marty [Mornhinweg], that they will put everybody in the best position to help the Jets win. That is what really matters at the end of the day to me, is going to a team, a winning program, that has a chance of being a contender.
He also is eager to prove his doubters wrong:
Yes, of course, I know there (are) a lot of people out there that still believe in me, including the Jets, that’s why they wanted to bring me in. But there are still a lot of people out there who say what they’re going to say and feel how they want to feel, but I don’t see how people can say some of things that they say when you have a guy that rushed for almost 1,100 yards with a torn meniscus. But a player like myself, that’s accomplished so much in my career, it’s always great to have things to put a chip on your shoulder, to have things to motivate you. I think I can turn a bad thing, [with] what people are saying, into a good thing. For me, that gives me motivation, keeps me hungry and keeps a chip on my shoulder to prove those naysayers wrong, because no matter how good you are, no matter what things you do, I could have rushed for 1,500-1,600 yards last year for the Titans and if we didn’t make it to the playoffs, or we didn’t win games, there would still be things that would be said. There’s always going to be, no matter how well you do it, there’s always going to be that person that has something negative to say about you. So, it helps you keep a chip on your shoulder.
This is the type of attitude we want around, ladies and gentlemen. A player that wants to win, and wants to prove people wrong.
I’m ready, are you?