After rushing for over 2,000 yards in the 2009 season, Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson declared himself as the best back in the NFL and predicted that he would top the 2,500 yard mark in 2010. He hasn’t topped 2,500 yards in his last 34 games combined. Johnson, who was all about “Show me the money” after breaking the 2,000 yard plateau, hasn’t been the same since receiving his big pay day, and he claims it’s not his fault.
John Glennon of the Tennessean quotes Johnson as saying it’s not his fault. “I’m never perfect. Even when I went for 2,000, I wasn’t thinking I was perfect. But I wouldn’t sit here and say I’m to blame”, said Johnson. Really? Some would disagree.
When asked if he was completely blameless, Johnson responded, “I wouldn’t think so, but I’m not the guy to sit here and be the guy that points fingers. It’s a situation where I’m only going to be as good as my line is going to be, so we have to work together and get better together.”
Last season, Johnson had a protracted holdout and reported to the team out of shape. This season, there should be no excuses. Johnson finally received his insane contract and in return, the Titans are seeing little on the field. In two games this year, Johnson looks slow and tentative. He lacks the burst he had in the 2009 season and questions have arisen regarding his heart after receiving his big contract.
On the season, Johnson has 21 yards on 19 carries for a 1.1 yard per carry average. QB Jake Locker leads the Titans in rushing yards.
For fantasy owners- The Titans face the Detroit Lions this Sunday. Detroit allowed 148 yards on the ground last week to the San Francisco 49ers. If Johnson throws up another zero this week, it should be time to consider doing something with Johnson.