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Chris Johnson: Worth The Money?

Photo: Chris Johnson (not Keith Bullock) vs the Ravens, courtesy Bleacher Report

Titans fans everywhere (save a few) rejoiced when the Titans ponied up and paid Chris Johnson the jaw-dropping contract he desired. The Titans financially locked up the center of their franchise. Johnson entered the 2011 season as arguably the best running back in the league. It’s safe to say big things were expected, and still are.

After two games, Johnson’s numbers read 33 carries for 77 yards for a 2.3 average yards per carry along with zero touchdowns. In the receiving department, Johnson caught 9 balls for 37 yards, a 4.1 average. It’s easy to look at these numbers and preach that the end of the world (for CJ2K) waits just around the next corner, however I do implore you to keep a few things in mind.

1. Johnson’s body is not in ‘football shape’. He needs a few more weeks to be at tip-top shape.

2. The offensive line has not done anything impressive in the run-blocking department.

3. The current starting fullback, Quinn Johnson, hasn’t been with the team more than a few weeks.

4. The passing game seems to be rolling, this will pull a safety back and open up the running lanes.

5. The Ravens are outstanding at stopping the run, the Jaguars could be. We don’t know yet.

Johnson hasn’t justified the money so far–not even close, but the holdout and the lockout did combine to have a layover effect on Johnson.

Bottom line–let’s be patient before calling ‘doom and gloom’ on Chris Johnson. He’s still explosive. The special delivery just hasn’t been delivered yet.

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  • PhilStrouse

    All true but still doesn’t change my stance on him, all of this(minus the lockout) could have been cured or at the very least the Titans woulds be 4 weeks ahead of where they are now. It’s obvious he is not in sync with the line or the QB. I am not going to ever say he didn’t deserve that contract but can’t stand the way he went about it. CJ needs an education in class and what it takes to be a professional. CJ could learn a lot from AP who just about everyone outside of Titanland feels IS the best RB in the league.. No holdout, always cares about the team first, never talks himself up(ECD), and his nickname was given to him! Sorry CJ this is one REAL Titan fan who can’t stand your me first attitude! You are one of the best RB’s to ever play the game! It’s time you start acting like it! Been a fan since 1980 of this franchise, Earl Cambell is the reason I am a fan today. Boy talk about a guy who left it ALL on the field!

  • PhilStrouse

    All true but still doesn’t change my stance on him, all of this(minus the lockout) could have been cured or at the very least the Titans woulds be 4 weeks ahead of where they are now. It’s obvious he is not in sync with the line or the QB. I am not going to ever say he didn’t deserve that contract but can’t stand the way he went about it. CJ needs an education in class and what it takes to be a professional. CJ could learn a lot from AP who just about everyone outside of Titanland feels IS the best RB in the league.. No holdout, always cares about the team first, never talks himself up(ECD), and his nickname was given to him! Sorry CJ this is one REAL Titan fan who can’t stand your me first attitude! You are one of the best RB’s to ever play the game! It’s time you start acting like it! Been a fan since 1980 of this franchise, Earl Cambell is the reason I am a fan today. Boy talk about a guy who left it ALL on the field!

  • PhilStrouse

    Forgot to add the fact AP is the highest paid RB in history!

  • PhilStrouse

    Forgot to add the fact AP is the highest paid RB in history!

  • bctitansized

    belive me, Phil. My view hasn’t changed. I’m just calming the storm that is currently arising from his low numbers. He’s not ready yet.

  • bctitansized

    belive me, Phil. My view hasn’t changed. I’m just calming the storm that is currently arising from his low numbers. He’s not ready yet.