Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
Blog Entry

What's wrong with Chris Johnson? Not him, he says

Posted on: October 24, 2011 9:07 am
 
C. Johnson has struggled this year so far (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You know what’s worse than the fact that Titans running back Chris Johnson had another subpar outing, rushing for just 18 yards on 10 carries in Tennessee’s 41-7 loss to the Texans? You know what’s worse than the fact he has accumulated just 268 yards with a 2.9 yards per carry average on the season after signing his mammoth four-year, $53.5 million ($30 million guaranteed) contract?

The fact that Johnson refuses to take accountability for any of it.

“Basically, if you are watching the game and you really can’t tell what is going on with the run game then I would say you really don’t know football,’’ Johnson said, via the Tennessean. “I wouldn’t say I am the issue. I am very confident I have been doing the things … I do.”

Which means he seems to be trashing the people who are blocking for him, although his offensive line defended him and his fullback said Johnson wasn’t wrong (of course, what else are they going to say?).

“He is still the same player, he doesn’t change overnight,’’ fullback Ahmard Hall said. “He’s 24 years old -- you don’t just lose it like that. If he doesn’t have any space to run, he can’t do what he does. We have to give him space.

“He is going to catch the brunt of it because he held out and people are accustomed to him breaking the long run, but it is not him. He may miss a read every now and then, but we have to do a better job of blocking for him.”

CBSSports.com analyst
Andy Benoit had a different idea a couple weeks ago when he wrote, “Johnson has not shown his usual initial quickness or burst out of the backfield. He’s had a tendency to stop his feet at the first sign of trouble, which is why he’s not creating his own space. These issues were apparent even in his 101-yard performance against the Browns.”

While the combination of backups Javon Ringer and Jamie Harper are also combining to average 2.9 yards per carry, giving credence to the opinion that the offensive line isn’t helping its running backs, Johnson is simply not performing at a high level. Though he had a worse year than expected last year (yes, 1,364 yards, I realize, is pretty awesome, but his 4.3 average was way down from 2009, when he rushed for 2,006 yards with a 5.6 average), he’s fallen off the cliff this season.

Could it have something to do with his training camp holdout? His average of 308.3 carries per season his first three years in the league? The fact he’s still not on the same page as his offense? The possibility, as some have said, that he’s shying away from contact? Nope, he says. It’s not on him.

“I feel like I’ve been back,’’ Johnson said. “I can’t say that that’s the problem with the running game.”

Maybe not, but at this point, it’s tough not to feel awfully disappointed in the way he’s performed this season.

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

Since: Feb 16, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 7:02 pm
 

What's wrong with Chris Johnson? Not him, he says

He got his money, and let his work ethic go. That's the problem with too many pro athletes.......too lazy.



Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:49 pm
 

What's wrong with Chris Johnson? Not him, he says

He needs more touches, give hime 20 touches and he can dance his way to 36 yards.  lol



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 6:43 pm
 

What's wrong with Chris Johnson? Not him, he says

Bring Back Fisher.....Easy. Fisher never gave up on him...10 touches....REALLY!



Kinda like the Bears only giving Forte 12 touches a game.  They got these uber talented players and they don't use them.  Guys like that should get at least 20 touches per game.  What is the one thing everyone said about the vikings blowing 3 half time leads early in the year (besides HA HA?) they took the ball out of APs hands.  If the running game isn't working throw these guys the ball.  CJ can catch, Forte can catch, get the playmakers the ball.



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:49 pm
 

What's wrong with Chris Johnson? Not him, he says

lets see what do you need for a running game? maybe blocking..do the titans have that..hmm.. NO!! lol.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:29 pm
 

What's wrong with Chris Johnson? Not him, he says

No disputing the dude has talent. hHowever, I am sick and tired off spoiled millionaires that do nothing more than run a football for entertainment refuse to take accountability when they fail. Again the dude is a beast and will rush for yardage galore (after he gets his arse in football shape). But, really??? CJ demanded the guaranteed money....why can't fans demand more from him? Dude take some accountability and carry your team and take the blame if necessary ( even when it's not fair). Players like you and Albert Pujols are the star athlet.....take the blame with the cash. Stay real.....



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 4:28 pm
 

What's wrong with Chris Johnson? Not him, he says

Bring Back Fisher.....Easy. Fisher never gave up on him...10 touches....REALLY!



Since: Nov 30, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:48 pm
 

What's wrong with Chris Johnson? Not him, he says

So let me get this straight. Its not his fault he isnt running well, its the o-line's fault. So he also shouldnr get the credit for when he did run well, which intern means that all his holdout money should've gone to the linemen that made it possible for him to run. I get it now. Well noe=w that we established that its time to give that money back and get it to the people who get credit, the linemen.



Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:47 pm
 

What's wrong with Chris Johnson? Not him, he says

What's the surprise?  He got his money and now he can sit back and relax a little.  Why risk getting hurt?  Football is a game of inches and fractions of a second.  CJ obviously doesn't have the motivation of playing for a contract so he's lost the edge that made him so great.  Not exactly an Albert Haynesworth but probably not too far off.  CJ should at least shoulder some of the responsibility or just shut his big mouth.



Since: Jun 12, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:41 pm
 

What's wrong with Chris Johnson? Not him, he says

All he has to do is take his wallet out of his back pocket. That will make him a whole lot quicker.



Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:06 pm
 

CJ is fast, but put on weight

to bust through and make you own holes. Jerome Bettis style


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