Blog Entry

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.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.

Since: Jul 25, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:44 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

Very well reasoned and written.
I dig your blogging name/handle, etc.  "textualChocolat"
I guess you got it from Comming to America?  One of my all time favorite (non-Oscar category) movies.
Unfortunately, Fisher is going to take the fall and the Titans will implode.  I don't know any of them personally, but from what I read/understand, Fisher strikes me as a very strong coach and a very good human being motivator.  The next coach likely won't have those skills and the players will eat him alive, all the way to last place finish in their division.  VY, raw talent is formidable and I root for him, becuase I like to see people succeed.  But, to date, he has not put in the extrodinary amount of mental work OUTSIDE of the goal posts to thrive in that very tough position.

Westside Connection

Since: Jun 8, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:43 pm

Chris Johnson Unhappy With Titans Offensive Plan

Me too!   Cry

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:29 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

Aslo not that every tiem I watch that team play there is at least 8 in the box.  Often 9.  Teams know they have no passing gaem so they come up and stop teh run.

Bringing in Moss was supposed to take a guy out of the box and open up some room to operate a running game, but they only thow to Randy once per game, so that doesn't work.

They need to figure out what they are doing with teh QB position.

Collins is older than dirt.  Young is always either hurt or fighting with the coach, and Rusty Simth looked like a high school QB dropped off at teh wrong game.

Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:25 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

Some of the comments here suprise me.

One of only six guys in teh history of the NFL to hit 2000 yards rushing in a season.

THE ONLY guy to hit 2500 yars from scrimmage in a season.

But some of you think he sucks?????

Since: Feb 22, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:21 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

Let's just face the facts:  Ain't NOTHIN happenin' in Tennessee minus Vince Young!  So much for CJ carrying VY.  Secondly, if the last two games don't clearly call out Jeff Fisher, I don't know what else could.  If the donning of the Peyton Jersey wasn't enough evidence, then 30+ attempts from Dusty Rusty and Scary Kerry in the last two games should have sealed the deal.  Fisher has such a hard-on for Vince, that he sacrifices the best interest of the team to serve his agenda.  Vince Young was leading the league in QB rating, yet, Fisher continued to run CJ into brick walls.  But when the time comes when you should ride CJ, he wants to show how much VY was holding them back in the passing game.  Hilarious.  I'm a fantasy dude and a Titans fan.  However, with no Vince Young, - CJ, Bironas and the TITANS DST all hit the bench.  I will be starting whichever defense plays against the Titans for the remainder of the season.  I'm no fool, Fisher ain't gonna cost me my teams playoff and championship aspirations in Reality AND Fantasy!   

Since: Nov 26, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:13 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

I love how when you click his name the cornerback from the raiders pops up,lol.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:06 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

It's all in the's a parody.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:38 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

you are an idiot...more complete RB?? he only had 7 touches 2 games ago. it is 100% the coorinators fault for not running the ball and throwing 35 times with Rusty Smith in the game. and its not like they were throwing screens to their best player.  this is not hating on CJ this is telling the truth, you cant win a game if you dont utilize your best player.  if  it were me i would have fed him the ball 25+ times against the Texans and Jags, let them try to stop him on a regular basis instead of them being stopped already by rusty smith.  it was just stupid. 

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 2:25 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

Its Randy Moss.

Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:58 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

He is sixth in the league in total rushing yards (1026), top five in rushing TDs (9), and has 4.3 ypc and he's a "HUGE disappointment"? Really? You all some serious idiots. Sure, he's not going to post 2K like he did last year, but so what? He's still posting better number than most other RBs. So he's not carrying the team like he did last year. He's becoming a more complete, every down back as opposed to a "3 yards, 1 yard, 6 yards, 75 yard touchdown" running back. Oh well...I guess haters are gonna just keep sipping their haterade and wishing they had someone a tenth as good as CJ.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or