I don’t think there is a Titans fan out there who isn’t frustrated with the lack of production from our superstar running back. In order for the Titans to get back to their winning ways the Titans have got to get their run game going. We’ve got a bunch of young receivers and it’s not right to have to put the entire weight of the offense on them and Hasselbeck. On Paul Kuharsky’s ESPN AFC South blog he addresses the issue and it’s similiarity to Steven Jackson’s 2008 holdout….
The Titans have to stop the run in order to get in position for sacks. A sack slowdown is a trend the Titans know they need to reverse quickly, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean. In the past two games, the defense gave up a combined 79 points and 949 yards during lopsided losses to the Steelers and Texans. Run-stopping was supposed to be the big feature of the revamped scheme that emphasizes more size up front.
Linebacker Will Witherspoon’s experience in St. Louis after Steven Jackson’s holdout in 2008 tells him Chris Johnson has a breakout coming. David Boclair of The City Paper looks at Johnson’s struggles in that context. The Titans will take any cause for optimism they can get, but whether Johnson can mirror Jackson is a giant question.
I expect Chris Johnson to have a good game this Sunday. If not the Titans are in serious trouble. If he is successful, we’ll have to wait and see if it continues into other games. It would at least be a confidence booster and I think that’s something this team is in dire need of.
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