Larry Johnson was released by the Chiefs on Monday, and on Tuesday conducted his first national interview on “The Dan Patrick Show” to discuss his time in Kansas City, his departure, his legacy, and his future in the NFL.
“It just felt like it was just time,” Johnson said. “I gave Kansas City all that I had as far as being on the field and being upbeat. I guess it was just time.”
Johnson said he didn’t necessarily want out of Kansas City, and even commended what the new regime of GM Scott Pioli and coach Todd Haley have done to direct the franchise. He tried to clear up the misconception he had issues with Haley.
“I think he’s a good coach,” Johnson said. “I was — and I still am — the biggest Todd Haley fan.”
Johnson spent a good portion of the interview discussing the well-chronicled events that led to his release. He dismissed the idea that he was upset and angry. He attributed his frustration — frustration he said was with himself — to losing.
“I think it’s more perception than it was reality,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t upset. If anybody likes losing, they shouldn’t be playing this game, or any game. It just left a bad taste in my mouth every game we were losing … you just felt like you were useless. You felt like you weren’t doing enough for the team to put them in a position to win. If I was frustrated and upset, it was mainly for myself.”
Patrick asked Johnson point-blank if he believes he has anger issues.
“No, it’s not an anger issue,” Johnson said. “I have a competitive issue. I like to put myself in situations where I always want to win, no matter what it is. I think sometimes that gets the best of me, and I become overly competitive and try to control every little thing I can to make sure I’m winning or everyone around me is going to win, and sometimes I lose myself in that and [don’t] understand I have to win every battle.”
Johnson, who admitted he believes potentially breaking Priest Homles’ team rushing record played a part in his release, wouldn’t commit to where he wants to play next. He said he understands he’s not at liberty to picking where that may be and is open-minded to being a backup.
“I still feel I have a lot of tread left on my tires. I still feel I can play this game at a high level,” Johnson said. “Now I have to fight my way back and earn the right to be a starter.”