Jan 3, 2010; Seattle, WA, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) rushes against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half at Qwest Field. Tennessee Titans tight end Bo Scaife (80) looks to block for Johnson. Tennessee defeated Seattle, 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Tennessee Titans: Blocking Isn't CJ's Strength

To be fair to Chris Johnson, the Tennessee Titans aren’t paying him for his blocking skills really. He makes the big bucks because he is an elusive back that can pull off some ridiculous runs.

Having been fair, now I’m going to be critical. Blocking is one of a running backs jobs. Sometimes he’s asked to stay back and help keep the QB from getting clobbered.

Needless to say, today’s article is taking a look at PFF’s “Three Years of Pass Blocking Efficiency: Running Backs” where Chris Johnson comes in as one of the worst back’s in the league, though the Vikings’ AP isn’t too far behind him.

Via PFF:

Rank Name Current Team Pass Protects Sacks Hits Hurries Total Pressure PBE
1 Jonathan Stewart CAR 182 6 5 14 25 88.87
2 Jerome Harrison DET 105 4 1 6 11 91.19
3 Reggie Bush MIA 130 3 4 7 14 91.35
4 Maurice Morris FA 121 4 0 8 12 91.74
5 Knowshon Moreno DEN 143 2 2 11 15 91.78
6 Chris D. Johnson TEN 251 1 2 24 27 91.83
7 Toby Gerhart MIN 108 1 1 9 11 92.13
8 Adrian L. Peterson MIN 212 3 6 12 21 92.22
9 Rashard Mendenhall PIT 148 4 3 7 14 92.23
10 Beanie Wells ARZ 149 3 3 8 14 92.45

As you can see from the list, he was asked more than any of the other running backs to stay back in protection. He’s also the only feature back back up by those top five and one of only three up there (unless you want to count Beanie. That’d make four).

There’s no denying CJ needs to improve in that area. This offseason he has added some muscle and has been with the team for all the workouts. Hopefully we see a better CJ this year, not only in terms of blocking but also in running.

Last year left us all with a lot of questions about him. You know he’s planning on answering them. I’m just curious to see if the answer we get is the one he wants to give.

I sure hope so.


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