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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.” 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.

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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:06 pm
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Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:02 pm

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

Sorry CJ but if you're getting paid the kind of money you're making, I think the fans and the NFL expects you to perform at a higher level. Telling the world it's not your fault is basically saying blame everyone else BUT me. YOU are part of the team therefore also need to shoulder the blame.

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 2:19 pm

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

CJ, man up. You've got a decent QB finally.

Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:30 pm

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

CJ point 2K.  True he is not getting the holes he would like, but he is not going all out.  You would expect someone who held out for $53 million to come back in playing shape.  He should also be burning the midnight oil to learn the new playbook.  Be a man Chris and take responsibility for your failure to perform.  When you held out, you set the bar higher for yourself.  I didn't see a player trying whatever it took to make something happen yesterday against the Texans, I saw a player falling down at first contact.  Earn the money or give it back!

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:07 pm

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

karma is a bitch....

Since: Nov 19, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:31 pm

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

Man up CJ! 50 Million says you need to man up! Barry Sanders wouldn't be complaining about his line and he doesn't have 50 million to his name. You held out to be "THAT GUY", and then you got paid. ANYONE can run through giant holes ala, Emmitt in the 90's, but you got paid 50 million. So be the 50 million dollar man, and quit complaining. Find your own holes, run hard. If you can't, please step aside so Ringer and Harper can. Those two guys at least still have something to prove and can both break a tackle.

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:14 pm

CJ2K is now CJ300

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:09 pm

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

We Ravens' fans have a prayer meeting each week that our sieve of an O-line doesn't let Joe Flacco, who's on his way to setting a record of getting whacked before and after the throw, get hurt.  But Ray Rice is among the league leaders at RB.  That shows that finding your own holes is partly an RB responsibility and CJ's not owning up to his failures there.

In one of my fantasy leagues the computer's roll-of-the-dice gave me the first draft pick this preseason and my fellow owners expressed amazement that I picked Ray Rice rather than AP or CJ.  I did so because I foresaw Rice getting similar yards and more TD's with goal-line-RB McGahee gone.  I replied I was maybe being foolish by not taking AP, but CJ was a real crap-shoot that could make or break someone's fantasy season.  I'll be 5-2 in that league after week 7, the team with CJ 2-5 and the team with AP 3-4.

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:05 pm

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

Chris Johnson is 26, not 24... It's alarming that his teammates would be quoted as saying his age wrong by 2 whole years.. None the less 26 is still right in his prime so he shouldn't be slowing down yet, especially with only 3 years on his body... but his teammates don't even know how old he is?

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:44 am

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

CJ- you win as a team, you lose as a team... Saying, "the problem is not with me" basically says, the problem IS with you. You got an awful lot of credit when you were nailing a 2000 yard season, now you have nothing to do with the problem?

Not jealous of the money, jealous of the fact you get wake up and play again next Sunday. I would rather play sports any day of the week.

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