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Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

Posted on: December 8, 2010 9:53 am
Posted by Will Brinson

Ahhh, happier times.

What's the old saying -- when it suns it shines? Er, maybe it involves pouring water. Either way, it's raining in Nashville right now, and there aren't many people happy with the way the Titans are playing, which naturally creates some unrest in the locker room.

Go ahead and add Chris Johnson to the list of people who aren't thrilled with the way Tennessee's been playing.

"We are just not running it," Johnson said Tuesday via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. "It is easy for a defensive coordinator to stop the run when you are running the ball seven times. We need to stay on the field and execute plays."

Johnson's got a point -- in the last two games, he has 20 carries for 58 yards, which isn't exactly what anyone (Titans coaches, Titans fans, fantasy owners) were expecting when they eyed games against the Texans and Jaguars late in the season. But at least he's not pinning it on everyone else. Wait, he is. But that's a good thing maybe.

"Everybody is doing what they have to do. It is that everybody is not doing what they have to do on every single play," Johnson said. "It is always a different position messing up on each play. So we just have to execute as a whole. It is tough to deal with. But the frustration that comes is not the team stopping the run game, it is ourselves stopping us."

Okay, so that sounds nice (like, in a "we're losing as a team" kind of way) and all, but the truth is that he's pointing straight to the playcalling when it comes to blame for the Titans' woes.

This is awkward for two reasons: first, his offensive coordinator has cancer. This may be why Johnson's comments are toned down a little bit. And secondly, Rusty Smith started one of those games -- you can't run with him under center, because you're trying to cut through 11 guys when you do.

That being said, the Titans get the Colts at home on Thursday and even with Peyton Manning and Co. weakened right now, this is a game that they could easily lose (and by a large margin) if the Titans don't realize that you can run on Indy and feed CJ 20-plus times in order to generate some offense and keep Peyton off the field.

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Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

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Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

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Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2010 7:15 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

Man, I am all for your love of VY.  I am a crazy VY fan, but when I say elite, I mean in the category of the top 3 QBs in the league year in year out.  That would be Brady, Manning, and to a lesser extent Brees.  VY isnt there yet.  I hope he can get there.  Id love to see him prove so many people wrong, but you cant put him with those QBs, and there are some other QBs with some pretty salty resumes right now that are in front of him.  He is however, a winner, a true competitor, and if given a real opportunity a QB who has potential to be special.  Lets just hope he gets that chance soon, because he isnt getting any younger.  Love the love though and keep up the support.  VY needs some people to have his back since most are too blinded to see how great he can be when given the opportunity.   

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:19 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan


I have to disagree with one thing.  The media and perception of what people think makes up an elite QB has you not realizing that Vince is absolutely ELITE.  Let me explain to you why.   
Came into the league and went 8-3 with an 0-5 team that had been 9-28 in it's last 37 games.  Won Rookie of the Year Award and went to Pro Bowl.  Went 10-6 in year two....playing Fisher ball.  Got hurt in 3rd year.  Fisher took his chance and called the police....telling them VY was suicidal.  Thanks, coach.  Fisher, the fraud, tries to steal VY's magic carpet and ride it to the playoffs behind Kerry Collins.  Little did he know, that carpet can't fly too far without VY.  Tennessee Titans, crash and burn.  1st rd exit.  Season number 4, behind Kerry Collins, them Titans get smacked, with CJ, 59-0!  0-6!  And it's UGLY! 
"Kerry Collins gives us the best chance to win"- Fisher
Bud Adams had to make this man put Vince Young back under center and here we go 8-2.  0-6 to 8-2. 
Year 5, VY gets benched after a bad start vs Pittsburgh?  Gets past that BS and we're in 1st place.  And here we go again with Fisher trying to steal VY's magic carpet....AGAIN!!!  But the carpets already had Fisher pegged as a thief and more importantly so did VY, hence, the Sudden Crash and Burn.  Thank you for cussing that dude out, VY!!!     
Now you tell me Vince Young ain't an ELITE QB winning in-spite of this type of bullcrap he's dealing with?

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:45 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan


I agree wholeheartedly.  It is nice to see some people finally realize what the problem in Tennessee has been.  I dont know why people continue to try and blame VY for all of the Titans faults when he has something like a 31-17 record as a starter and has the 6th highest passer rating in the league this year.  He is clearly not an elite QB, but he is effective as a passer and is a very good runner, playmaker, and game manager.  He makes the rest of the offense better and the players seem to rally around him.  Im sorry a large number of fans in Tennessee and the head coach dont notice all of this.  I want to remain a Titan fan, but if VY is out and Fisher stays, I will have to move on.  And to those who claim Fisher is a great coach... he has 6 playoff apperances in 17 years and went to the SB once.  He is a good coach, but he has clearly lost his way, and is more concerned with proving he is right (even though all the evidence points to him being absolutely wrong) than he is with winning.  He is coaching like Merril Hoge analyzes games (with EXTREME bias).  Peace out.

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:51 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

I agree.  You can't expect to do anything when you only get the ball 7 times a game.  Chris Johnson needs
to get the rock and let him keep pounding it.  Give the guy a chance.  Give him 20-30 carries, something good
is bound to happen.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:46 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

It is pretty simple...CJ should have 25 touches a game...PERIOD!  When he got touches earlier in the season, they won.  Now he doesn't get touches and they lose.  1+1=2.  It's not rocket science.

Same thing happened in Minny this year.  When you have AP, he should be touching the ball a minimum of 25 times a game, but instead Chilly had Favre throwing interception after interception after interception. Chilly gets fired, Frazier comes in and first thing he says is that AP will start getting more touches.  Voila, Minny is winning again.  Again, not rocket science.

Those claiming he is over-rated either don't watch football or are simply haters.  I am not even a CJ or Titans fan, nor AP and Minny fan, but those guys are the best running backs in the league - let them do what they do and you will look like a pretty good coach.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:48 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

Sorry westside but a good coach has a team that has winningseason more than 6 times in 17 years.

Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:46 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

Defenses had 8 and p in the box last year when the Titans had Collins as QB and lost 6 straight games to start the season, but CJ was getting his carries and the yards, there is no excuse to abandon the running game like the Titans have. Jeff Fisher knows the writing is on the wall and knew it BEFORE his last run in with VY.  Adama is just waiting till after the season and will fire Fisher and probably the whole coaching staff.

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