I know he's gone. The Chiefs organization is rid of him and we are moving forward without him. Cutting him lose was sort of like having that 11 pound tumor removed from your lower intestines. So I realize this is kind of like beating a dead horse with a stick, but I just saw these stats from today and it made me laugh a little.
I've been a little interested to see how LJ does now that he has is working with Mike Shanahan. It was alleged in Denver that Shanny was able to put nearly anybody in the backfield and get a 1,000 yard rushing season out of him. Does anybody fit the "nearly anybody" criteria better than our man Larry? Could Shanny bring about an LJ renaissance? A rebirth? Well so far the answer appears to be a resounding "fuck no, Shanny's a coach not a magician."
I was looking at the box score of Washington's OT loss to Houston to see how dearly departed LJ did today. I know I shouldn't be even bothering with this since the NFL has yet to adopt "runs into the O-line and falls down" as an offensive statistic, but I couldn't help myself. Also it's mean. And yet there were the numbers:
LJ had 2 carries for -7 yards. (In case you were wondering that's a -3.5 average yards per carry). To put it into proper perspective, LJ rushed for 7 fewer yards than Stephen Hawking did today.
I know change is hard, people like things the way they are. Traditions are important. But if my memory serves me didn't some adjusted stats inform us that LJ's yards per carry were actually 2.9 and the whole 2.7 nickname was really incorrect, at least mathematically?
So I offer this one as a replacement: LJ's new nickname should be 2-7, based on his crappy performance from earlier today. Now as I look at that, I think it's a little confusing. And "2 for -7" isn't much better. So here's what I offering: 2(-7). I know it's harder to type -- the parentheses require using the shift key. But I kind of like it. And even if it doesn't replace the classic "2.7" it's sill pretty entertaining.
On a side note, did you guys hear the Chiefs were 2-0 for the first time in 7 years?