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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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Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:55 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

Ah, yes, let the finger pointing begin; the true sign of a team in a downward spiral. First it was cousin Vinny, now it's brother Chris, next will probably be half-brother Randy.  Just a matter of time before grandpa Bud steps in and says it's all uncle Jeff's fault and fires him.

Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:54 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

johnsons just lucky he does play the steelers defense every week he would have what about 500 yards a season with a 2.3 yard per carry avg.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 1:54 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

Reread the article, mensa. Chris didn't say a thing about cancer or about not getting the ball. He said the team, as a whole isn't executing to which the post author then equated to CJ saying he isn't getting the ball enough. Assumptions are made from there on and the article ends up creating a flame where likely none exist. The team isn't playing well in nearly all aspects of the game and anyone who watches football can see that. They have discord within their ranks with a long-tenured coach who is at odds with a princess quarterback and a past-his-prime owner. You can't expect any reasonable coach to put up with VY's attitude, mouth, and lack of production. The kid hasn't worked on his game, his fitness, or studied like he should since coming to the Titans. This is a well publicized fact. Listen, there is more to meets the eye with these guys. They're out for themselves. Some clubs have more of the team mentality than others. These guys in Tennessee, in general, are not high character guys. Some are but many aren't. They play dirty. They talk, they shove, the pull/punch, they play like a dirty team. They aren't a cohesive team and it's unraveling. CJ isn't able to find holes and they're suffering from poor play calling right now. Their OC is a top notch strategist and with him out they're going to be less of a team. But these guys aren't executing plain and simple. Unfortunately, they're likely to fire Fischer which is a big mistake in my opinion.

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:47 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

We have some serious morons on this board.

Chris Johnson was lucky "had a few long runs"...a FEW! Are you kidding me. I saw a stat that if you took all long runs away from all RBs last year CJ still would have won the rushing title easily.

Next..."CJ has been a HUGE disappointment"  and a "failure"....really?
Johnson has 1026 yards, 9 TDs and a 4.3 ypc average.   That is outstanding through 3/4 of the season. Not last year for sure, but still very good.

Even the one about having one good year is bull. He had very good seasons in both of his years in the league...and is now having a thrird one in a row. No, it's not outerworldly, once-in- two decades type stuff like last year, but it's still very good.

Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:07 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

ny others>CJ

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:05 pm

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

wow i cant believe i almost thought the titans would be a playoff team.  when they were at 5-2 i was thinkin to myself man this team could make the playoffs then i thought i should wait for a week or to and now they cant beat anyone.  im sure this will be jeff fishers last season as coach there but they are in need of a change.  you cant coach a team for that long and wins no superbowls

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:56 am

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

The most overrated RB in the league wants more carries?  Looks like your luck from last year all ran out, princess.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:51 am

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

Maybe Chris Johnson should look in the mirror and realize he was a 1 year wonder who got really lucky with a lot of LONG runs last year.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:03 am

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

First off Chris, as good as you are, if you have something to say about the team or the coaches, do it in the locker room or the office, no to the media.  Also, there is no reason to bring an individuals cancer situation into the story.  Chris like every other "superstar" wnats the ball and hasn't been getting it, and the little he has, he hasn't produced.  The Colts are next and having a terrible year, this could be his game although when Indy plays D, then can shut down a running game, hopefully Peyton will rebound from the last three games and stop those INT, especially the ones returned for TD's.

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:03 am

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan


I've watched the games. Even when Rusty was in there, they were throwing on first and second down more than running the ball. 7 rushes? Cmon. They need to establish the run early and stop trying to fool defenses because Randy Moss is there. GIVE THE BALL TO CJ.

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