At Wednesday night's Town Hall at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York, general manager John Idzik put on not his actor's makeup but rather his meteorologist's headgear to declare that with Chris Johnson's addition to a backfield that already featured Chris Ivory, "now we've got a little bit of thunder and a little bit of lightning."
Today in the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center locker room, Lightning and Thunder proclaimed that they'll combine to wear away at opposing run defenses this coming season.
"We're just going to work together," said Johnson, the lightning of the pair, he of the electric 4.24-second combine 40. "Everybody's goal is to put wins in the book. We've all got just one focus and that's to win."
"I thought it was a good move, man," said Ivory, Thunder from his booming second half of last season, about the addition of CJ2K. "Anybody who can come in and help us, I think it's good for the team."
At this time of year, it's to be expected that fans and reporters will worry about how these two forces of nature, plus Bilal Powell and not to mention Mike Goodson and Alex Green and recently acquired Daryl Richardson, could possibly slice the football up into large enough pieces for all concerned.
But again, no one was worried about that.
"I don't know how I'd do it," Ivory said about splitting up the carries. "It's not my team. I'm just on the team. I'm working. However it turns up, I'm happy with whatever."
And Johnson, who's averaged 290 carries and 336 offensive touches per season as a pro, noted his ongoing rehab from his knee scope that will keep him out of all OTAs but have him ready to go full at training camp.
"I'm not sure right now" about how many carries he might be seeing. "I've just been in rehab so I haven't been with the team or the offense and I'm not sure how they're going to use all of us."
But rather than a problem, the organization has to be viewing this as an opportunity. John Idzik and the front office, knowing how well Ivory and Powell meshed in last year's No. 6-ranked rush offense, still brought in Johnson. And coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and RBs coach Anthony Lynn will become mad scientists in trying to find the right percentages of rushing attempts and pass plays for all involved to make the West Coast offense purr.
Ivory deserves it. Dangerous for stretches his entire career with the Saints, he turned it on for New England at home and then pretty much from New Orleans on, giving the big bopper the second-best per-carry average in the NFL among qualifying backs over the last nine weeks last season: