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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.”

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.

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Comments

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:56 am
 

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

He sucks. Nice try at defending him.




Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:54 am
 

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

Johnson is a quitter. Takes the money and runs. The ultimate sellout. He is the lowest rung on the loser ladder; won't accept responsibility, counts his cash, quits on his teammates and takes his ball and goes home. Hope the jagoff reads this. If not someone text/twit it to him and maybe he'll wake up and realize he is a grown man.



Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:45 am
 

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

"Illiterate fools" can't play football. It's really funny to see all the people on here who are jealous of CJ's money. Don't say you aren't, or I would expect you to give back your winnings if you were ever to win the lottery, for example. 



Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:43 am
 

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

CJ is who we thought he was. However, it's pretty hard to simply correct a problem with the entire offensive line. That could take a season or two... it definately won't happen over night.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:06 am
 

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

I'll tell you a few things that are wrong with the guy: he's overly cocky, a scat-back, not nearly as good as he or many others think, an absolute waste of first-round fantasy picks, and definitely a waste of Tennessee dollars.  He's turned into Reggie Bush slowly since his 2,000 yard season.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 9:14 am
 

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

The fact that he's an iliteterate fool? The fact that RBs are never worth that kind of money?


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