Smash and Dash are back.
Sort of like KISS putting its trademark makeup back on a few years ago for a reunion tour, LenDale White and Chris Johnson say they are Smash and Dash once again by popular demand.
“You’ve got to go with what works,” said White, who also said that 2009 Hall of Fame inductee Rod Woodson encouraged him and Johnson to take back the nickname.
Both Woodson and Deion Sanders said Smash and Dash needed to return, according to White.
“That’s the bottom line. Until you get a yellow jacket, you’ve got to bow down,” White said. “Prime was telling me things like that. Deion said he wanted to see that back. Older guys around the league have been telling us that. They paved the streets. They put down the concrete or us. You’ve got to take heed and listen. That’s how it is.”
Johnson indicated that Smash and Dash is only a small part of the nickname equation for the Titans combo.
“My name is ‘Every Coach’s Dream,’” Johnson said. “We’re still a team, back mates and all that, but they can call us what they want to call us. But at the end of the day, I’m ‘Every Coach’s Dream’ and he’s ‘Save the Last Dance.’
“You can honor [Woodson], but we want to be known as our own person.”
Johnson then stopped his interview long enough to ask White what their newest nickname was in addition to Smash and Dash.
“We’re a team, but I want to be known as – hey, bro, what’s it called?”
White then shouted out “Him is me and I am him,” which Johnson replied, “That’s the upgrade to Smash and Dash.”
Considering the number of names and phrases already out there, it probably won’t be the last upgrade either.
White said he and Johnson have “about a 100 nicknames,” but that Smash and Dash is their collective moniker again.
“We’re still a team. Individuals play the game, but teams win championships,” White said. Individually we’re going to play the game. Individually, he’s ‘Every Coach’s Dream,’ and individually I’m ‘Every Opposing Coach’s Nightmare’ and ‘Save the Last Dance.’ As a team we’re Smash and Dash.”
So how does this back to the future type nickname now play in the locker room?
“Whatever makes them happy. Whatever helps them to get along. All we want is a happy backfield and a winning season,” linebacker Keith Bulluck said.