Published: May 6th, 2010 | Tags: St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks, Brian Brohm, Buffalo Bills, Chris Johnson, Anquan Boldin, Patrick Willis, Brian Westbrook, Julius Jones, Steven Jackson, Steve Breaston, Pete Carroll, Leon Washington, Vernon Davis, Norm Chow, Justin Forsett, Mike Williams, Robin Wlliams
LenDale White is embracing his second chance in Seattle. The Seahawks have become somewhat of a halfway house for former USC stars. White, along with WR Mike Williams and even coach Pete Carroll, are looking for redemption in the NFL. Kind of like Robin Williams in The Best of Times.
White is really anxious to put last season behind him, not that you can hardly blame him. He dedicated himself to football prior to 2009, quitting the booze to report to camp in the best shape of his life. And then he sat on the Titans’ bench while Chris Johnson topped 2,000 rushing yards.
Tuesday, White told Petros Papadakis (a former USC captain during the dark years before Carroll) and Matt “Money” Smith on FOX Sports Radio that the Titans relied a little too heavily on Johnson in 2009 (via Sports Radio Interviews). And maybe this reliance on Johnson is what kept the team out of the playoffs last season.
“I think what happened was in Tennessee they probably got a little too carried away with the Chris Johnson thing,” White said. “The year before that, we were 13-3 when I had two-hundred carries and we split the rock. Chris went to the Pro Bowl and we had the first-round bye. They did things different the next year, and we struggled to make the playoffs. It is what it is.”
Now, White will fight with Julius Jones, Justin Forsett, and Leon Washington for carries in Seattle. Carroll’s offense is the same one the Titans ran in Tennessee (fitting since former coordinator Norm Chow implemented the system), so White is looking forward to 2010.
Other stories of note making their way Around the Web on a Thursday:
- San Jose Mercury News columnist Tim Kawakami reports (via Twitter) that the 49ers likely will let TE Vernon Davis walk away as a free agent next year. The 49ers planned to give a huge contract to either Davis or Patrick Willis, not both. The 49ers made their choice this week — Willis.
- Are Steven Jackson‘s days as a featured back numbered in St. Louis? Howard Balzer of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat reports that the team is seriously looking for a backup after Jackson underwent offseason back surgery. The Rams remain interested in Brian Westbrook, who also has his own injury concerns. Could that mean a committee is forming in St. Louis? Stay tuned.
- Brian Brohm will attend the Bills’ rookie minicamp to try for an advantage in the quarterback competition, according to the team’s official Web site. “It’s five extra days that you get to go out there and compete and be in the meeting room with the coaches and see what they want out of the quarterbacks. It’s definitely an advantage,” Brohm said.
- Cardinals WR Steve Breaston will not return punts next season, according to the team’s official Web site. Makes sense, seeing that Breaston will be the No. 2 receiver in the wake of Anquan Boldin‘s trade to the Ravens.