He's a first-ballot hall of famer"

- Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg on running back Chris Johnson (Source: ESPN)




— Quote: Marty has high praise for Johnson
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tsjc68
tsjc68

NFL RBs, league history, first six seasons, in order of Rushing Yards:


1. Eric Dickerson - 9915 yds, 75 TD, 4.64 ypc

2. LaDanian Tomlinson - 9176 yds, 100 TD, 4.48 ypc

3. Emmitt Smith - 8956 yds, 96 TD, 4.46 ypc

4. Adrian Peterson - 8849 yds, 76 TD, 5.05 ypc

5. Barry Sanders - 8672 yds, 62 TD, 4.92 ypc

6. Walter Payton - 8386 yds, 65 TD, 4.50 ypc

7. Earl Campbell - 8296 yds, 69 TD, 4.41 ypc

8. Chris Johnson - 7965 yds, 50 TD, 4.57 ypc

9. Shaun Alexander - 7817 yds, 89 TD, 4.55 ypc

10. Eddie George - 7813 yds, 47 TD, 3.76 ypc

11. Jamal Lewis - 7801 yds, 45 TD, 4.28 ypc

12. Curtis Martin - 7754 yds, 54 TD, 3.86 ypc

13. Edgerrin James - 7720 yds, 51 TD, 4.22 ypc

14. Clinton Portis - 7715 yds, 63 TD, 4.51 ypc

15. Thurman Thomas - 7631 yds, 41 TD, 4.41 ypc

16. Corey Dillon - 7520 yds, 43 TD, 4.35 ypc

17. Jim Brown - 7459 yds, 70 TD, 4.98 ypc

18. Jerome Bettis - 7372 yds, 34 TD, 4.08 ypc

19. Ottis Anderson - 7364 yds, 40 TD, 4.36 ypc

20. Ricky Williams - 7097 yds, 47 TD, 4.04 ypc


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I'm not sure.  CJ2K is in the stratosphere of guys like Eddie George and Shaun Alexander and Jamal Lewis and Edgerrin James, guys who looked like Hall of Famers at first but who petered out.  Meanwhile, there's guys like Curtis Martin and Thurman Thomas and Jerome Bettis (and Tony Dorsett and Marshall Faulk and Marcus Allen, none of whom even made this top 20 list) who became Hall of Famers mainly by defying the normal RB aging curve and sticking around and remaining competitive, useful, productive backs into their 30s.


He'll need to put up several good seasons in the next four years to remain in the competition.

Brendan
Brendan

A few more seasons of productive play and he's definitely in the discussion. He's on pace to make a case, at least. 

levi
levi

I dont know about the first ballot HOF'er thing but I think he will do well here. 

kniff
kniff

Hey Marty, that sounds like a ringing endorsement for CJ... let us see him prove it to Jets fans this season!!

Daniel Diffin
Daniel Diffin

If MM really believes that, I have to think he expects big things from CJ this year (and in coming years), because he certainly isn't a first ballot hall of famer based on his production to date. He had one spectacular season, one really good to great season, and 4 very good seasons (even last season would be considered very good--over 1400 total yards--if people weren't so eager to pedal the "diminished production" line). I don't think that wins entry into the HOF. Now if he can get over 1,000 yards rushing next season and the season after that--especially if he keeps up his average of >1400 total yards per season, then he might enter into that conversation.


One problem people have in assessing CJ is their fixation on his rushing yardage. Sure, that's important--but he adds a whole other dimension to the offense by his great ability to make things happen catching the ball out of the backfield. When people point out how his rushing average dropped last year (only 3.9 yards/carry), they tend to ignore that his average yards per catch was higher than any year since his spectacular 2009 campaign (8.2/catch vs. 10.1). I'd be very happy to see him rush for 1,000-1,100 yards and get another 300-400 yards receiving. That would be a repeat of his numbers from last year (1,077 and 345), and should be easily within reach if he stays healthy.

harvlis
harvlis

Means nothing to Jet fans, if he doesn't rise to the occasion for us. 

Lloyd Jay Reife
Lloyd Jay Reife

Let's just see him produce aimed at the goal line as a Jet.  All else is meaningless.

harold
harold

He can be a first ballot Hall of Famer if can put together four more good seasons.

Fixed it for you Marty.

kniff
kniff

@UncleJoesJetFarm Good morning Joey,


It's good to see that most of us are coming around to recognize our tentative situation with our O line...(It's not just our voices anymore!)

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Daniel Diffin

Good points.  I see CJ2K like our Marshall Faulk or Brian Westbrook or Garrison Hearst.


I don't care how he gets the yards and touches (via rush or reception), just that he gets them.

rasmusbach
rasmusbach

@harold 4 more seasons like his '12 season (his best of the last 3 seasons at 1.243y and 6 TDs) would give him just under 13.000y and 75 TDs. I say he needs at least 4 great seasons or 6 good to be a 1st ballot (and some postseason succes wouldn't hurt).

harold
harold

@rasmusbach @harold 


13,000 yards rushing and 4,000 yards receiving would get him in the Hall of Fame no doubt about it. 


While 4 great season or 6 good seasons would be great he certainly does not need them to get in the Hall of fame.

harold
harold

@UncleJoesJetFarm @kniff

I still don't see the panic about the O-line.  We need depth that is true but I feel confident we can get our guys coached up to play at a copetent level.  The Broncos and Sehawks both lost starters at Tackle last year for multiple games or for the season and made the Super Bowl.

As Jets fans we are a little over the top at times as far as issues are concerned. 

Brendan
Brendan

@UncleJoesJetFarm The OL didn't implode in 2011. It had one very poor player and Sanchez had his most productive year of his career that season. Stop.