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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: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 11:01 am

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

I would like to say that I completely agree with Johnson on this. He is the best player on that squad and needs to get more touches. That being said, I think this is a conspiracy and he was probably talked in to spilling the beans to the Tennesseean by ownership so they have more ammo to fire Jeff Fisher at the end of the year. He has had a nice run but his handling of the Vince Young situation and now this, well he is finished in nashville. I don't care if Vince can't ace a wonderlic test. You don't embarass him by keeping him out of a game. He wants to come back in, you let him. Vince Young should have thrown his helmet in the stands. He had every right to be upset with Fisher. He is a gigantic tool and I hope he has good luck on the unemployment line.

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 10:52 am

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

When you average 2.9 yds per carry, you're only gonna get 20 carries because the team is most likely losing and you can't get first downs running at that average. He has been a HUGE disappointment and is looking to lay blame on others. CJ needs to STFU.

Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 10:51 am

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

Have you watched there games? Run,run, pass on 3rd and long and punt. The way you get more carries is to get more 1st downs. Right now they arent getting to many, due to all kinds of errors. Mix that with the fact that they are getting drummed early in the second half and its gonna its gonna = Crapola out of Johnson. They will play better on Thursday...I reckon.

Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2010 10:38 am

Chris Johnson unhappy with Titans offensive plan

He's the best player on their team, the ball should be in his hands.  Get it to him on the hand off or dunk it out of the backfield to him.  Either way, he is explosive and can make a play.  Of course, with their QB situation, the box is almost always stacked.  While I'm a huge fan of Kerry Collins (PSU), he is nothing more than a situational backup.  VY isn't the answer either.  Until they groom a new QB, or bring in a decent free agent, hand the ball off.

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