Marty Mornhinweg: Chris Johnson a first-ballot Hall of Famer

Mornhinweg high on Jets new running back. Jason Butt

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It's almost as if the Jets feel running back Chris Johnson needs some additional confidence.

In the team's latest praise for the former Titans runner, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg not only sang Johnson's praises, but went on to predict he'd become an NFL legend.

"He's a first-ballot Hall of Famer," Mornhinweg told


Hey, he does have a 2,000-yard season under his belt, but it's not like Johnson has set the NFL world on fire season in and season out. 2009 was a great year for Johnson (2,006 yards) but since, he hasn't had the kind of games everyone became used to seeing in his first two NFL years.

Johnson's average yards per carry fell to a career-worst 3.9 in a single season in 2013. Sure, it's not like he was on great teams in Tennessee, but to say Johnson's on a path straight to Canton, Ohio is a tad absurd.

That's not to say Johnson won't get there. If he sees a resurgence with the Jets and puts in a season close to what he did in 2009, the Hall of Fame might be in his reach.

It still wouldn't be likely it would come the first time he's eligible for the ballot, though.

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