There is one thing about the 2011 Tennessee Titans that we all can agree on: The entire franchise, from players to staff, overachieved. Except Chris Johnson.
While he did cross 1,000 yards in a given season, that number is no longer the benchmark it once was, with 15 individuals having 1,000+ rushing seasons last year. CJ was the last to cross the thousand mark, and was tied for the fewest touchdowns of those fifteen players with 4 (McGahee also had 4). However, many fans are willing to give him a pass on account of the fact that CJ has always worked hard for us in the past, and it’s kind of unfathomable that he would be the type of player to take the money and run – or in this case, not run.
The other reason fans are more apt to cut him slack is on account of the interior line’s atrocious play last season. Most of us thought Munch & Co. should have worked harder to get additional help at the Center and Guard position. Of course, that may have been their intention before Bud got us all swept up in the Manning chase, but as it stands, we did upgrade by bringing in Steve Hutchinson, who is no longer in his prime, but still a very good player and a definite upgrade.
Which brings us to the subject of Ovie Mughelli. If you’re unfamiliar with Mughelli, he came into his own as a fullback with the Baltimore Ravens, by whom he was drafted. He had grown his reputation to the point that he received a 6-year, $18 million dollar contract from the Falcons, the highest contract ever given to a fullback at the time. While Mughelli was always a powerful run blocker (He made the Pro Bowl in 2010), he was oft-injured, certainly of the primary reasons for his release. During a 69 game tenure, he was only able to manage 38 starts.
It’s unfortunate that he’s had to deal with so many injuries. If he is willing to play for an incentive-laced contract regarding injuries and playing time, he could definitely be a short-term answer to our offensive line woes. However, it also remains to be seen how much Palmer will utilize the fullback in his scheme.
What do you think? Would Mughelli do anything to improve CJ’s season in 2012? Let us know!
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