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Jason Maloni
Crisis Communications Expert

Jason Maloni

Senior Vice President with
Levick Strategic Communications
and Chair of the firm's Sports & Entertainment Practice.

Who dey meet LJ


Larry Johnson: count your blessings and please, fall quietly in line.

The 7-2 Bengals took a calculated risk this week by adding Johnson to their roster. For the Bengals, sitting pretty atop the AFC North, the Johnson signing is a nice bit of insurance should Cedric Benson not bounce back soon from his hip flexor injury. The Bengals/Johnson deal could work out just fine, so long as they are on the same page with regard to two key issues.

One of the great philosophers of the last century, The Rock, put it well when he said "know your role and shut your mouth."

For Johnson, the key to his success on the Bengals lies in his ability to take a back seat to a healthy Cedric Benson. Benson is the clear starter, having amassed 859 yards on 259 attempts for a healthy average of 4.2 yards/carry. Johnson's averaging a modest 2.9 yards/carry - the result of only 377 yards on 132 attempts. Johnson has a starter's mentality, but a backup's numbers. One of the keys to his success will be allowing himself to accept this new role and be ready and available should the Bengals call on him.

Larry Johnson has been given a tremendous opportunity by a team with a good shot to go deep in the playoffs. But Johnson will need to fall quietly in line - behind Cedric Benson and probably even DeDe Dorsey - in order for the deal to work.

Next year is a long way off but Johnson, right now, has a chance to demonstrate for the Bengals or another franchise that he's worthy of a bunk in training camp in 2010.

By Jason Maloni  |  November 17, 2009; 7:02 PM ET  | Category:  Cincinnati Bengals , Kansas City Chiefs Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The Rock's real name is Dwayne Johnson; you totally missed an opportunity in your posting about Larry Johnson when you quoted the Rock . . .

Posted by: david_horowitz | November 18, 2009 2:41 PM

Dee Dee Dorsey doesn't play for the bengals; you're thinking of Bernard Scott. Write about something you know about, like putting gel in your hair.

Posted by: bs0101 | November 18, 2009 3:09 PM

I most definitely apologize. Yes, I should have said Bernard Scott not DeDe Dorsey. I had "Hard Knocks" on my mind and should have checked a depth chart.

And its pomade, not gel.


Posted by: jason28 | November 19, 2009 11:24 AM

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