Chris Johnson: The Greatest Tennessee Titan

Dec 30, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) breaks away from Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman D.J. Mosley (99) during the second half at LP Field. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Chris Johnson is the greatest player to ever have the word Titans across his chest. This isn’t a debate. Some fans will say it’s Steve McNair, Eddie George, or even Keith Bulluck (I think we can all agree Randy Moss shouldn’t be included), but none of them ever achieved the greatness that the player known as “CJ2K” already has. Johnson has already had one of the greatest careers of any running back in NFL history and is still in his prime. Yet, when fans talk about the all-time great Titans a lot don’t mention #28. Here’s why Johnson deserves the title “Greatest Titan Ever”.

The Season

During 2009-2010 Johnson had arguably the best season of any current or former NFL running back. What he accomplished in just his 2nd year in the league was awe-inspiring. During Johnson’s sophomore campaign he became just the 6th player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards, broke 5 NFL records, and averaged 5.6 yards a carry. Oh, let’s not forget Johnson’s 14 TDs and Offensive Player of The Year award.

Speed

If speed kills, Johnson deserves prison time for the opposing defenses he’s torched. CJ made a statement by running the fastest ever electronically recorded 40 yard dash at the NFL Combine. That boosted his draft stock from what most analysts thought would be a 2nd or 3rd-round pick, all the way to the 24th pick in the 1st round.

Playmaking Ability 

Explosive. Game-changer. Playmaker. However you want to describe him, there’s no denying Johnson’s game-breaking capabilities. He has the talent to take the ball to the end zone on any given play. Even when defenses are loading up the box all game long, he finds ways to break off huge runs. Johnson is patient when running. He will wait for the play to set up and is good at making the correct reads. When CJ makes it to the 2nd level you see why the Titans selected him in the 1st round.  If opposing defenses get in a foot race with Johnson you might as well put 6 points on the scoreboard.

At the end of his career, Chris Johnson should not only be known as the greatest Tennessee Titans player of all-time, he should get serious consideration for the Hall of Fame. When all is said and done, he will be mentioned among the all-time greats like Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith , and Gale Sayers.

Topics: Chris Johnson, NFL, Tennessee Titans

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  • Modesto Koczwara

    Chris Johnson is def the greediest!

  • disqus_2WaDSDI5A3

    He good but, he’s been to the playoffs once

  • Rick Marcum

    Sorry, but you’re a retard. Chris Johnson has had ONE good season. That does not make him great. Eddie George, Steve McNair, Frank Wycheck. All of these players have had better careers.

    It takes more than one season to make someone great.

  • josh gunnels

    The reason Titans fans are hesitant to label CJ “the greatest” is mulitfold.
    Counter Argument:
    1) Never shown up big in when it matters. Much of his 2K season was in junk time in losses and teams were happy to let the Titans run.
    2) Fans have a hard time with his not-really-team-first attitude, where he constantly tallks about his carries and his numbers and not about the team winning.
    3) Can’t get the short tough yards.
    4) I believe fans struggle with the “boom or bust” style of play that he brings. He can break one for 12 yards, or lose 8 just as easily.
    5) Hold outs followed by poor play never endear a player to the fans.

    All that being said, if you’re purely speaking about talent, then yes CJ probably is the best to don the two tone blue. But more than pure talent goes into the best player.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tommy.taylor.942145 Tommy Taylor

    6 NFL recorder holder! #2 in two others! One season dude? 1000+ every season! Never shows when it matters? Did you watch the playoff game? Can’ get short yards? Not a problem before Amano/Palmer! Boom or Bust = Barry Sanders! Held out after 1400 yds 11tds and a previous promise of new contract. Is on a faster pace to 10,000 yds than eddie george! Praised OLine after 2000 yd season. Do you guys watch titans games? Or you don’t like him because he’s not a good ole’ boy! He has dreads and he talks differently, maybe thats it! Maybe you just don’t relate! But face facts Chris Johnson #Greatest Titan No Question!
    Kearse still the most talented titan.

    • Shawn Eagle

      Really….playing the card huh??? Because he’s not a good ole boy? Dreads and talks differently? Don’t relate? We’re talkin football man…nobody brought up race relations in Nashville….nobody brought up wth his hair looks like and nobody gives a damn how he talks. Not a good ole boy???? Really, man go head on with that bull#*^@.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BenSGreene Ben Greene

    I love CJ2K. I still think he has a lot in the tank and I think he is going to rebound in a big way this season. However, he is not even close to the greatest Titan of all time. He had the single greatest season in Titans history (the only things that come close are McNair’s Co-MVP year and Mason’s 2,690 all purpose yardage season), but his career credentials are not good enough to make him the best ever.

  • dboi

    Agreed! The greatest for sure!!

  • Shawn Eagle

    Steve McNair, played hurt, took us to a Super Bowl, almost won it, was a phenomenal leader, co mvp….guy was nothing but grit.

    • josh gunnels

      That’s why he’s the greatest Titan ever to me.

      • http://twitter.com/Armchair_Psycho Joshua Huffman

        Agreed

  • Micah Smith

    pathetic excuse of a modern day titans fan who probably didn’t even know they used to be the oilers. sure, if you’ve only experienced sub par losing seasons and rushing stats were the only thing to cling onto. there’s alot more to being the “greatest titan” than stats, and one year of stats at that. what does he mean to the city. mcnair was united way’s man of the year. all CJ0K is is twitter’s loudmouth, egocentric self-lover of the year. Steve McNair, Eddie George, Frank Wycheck, D-Mace, even Samari Rolle are better faces of a Franchise than Mr. ME CJ0K

    • http://www.facebook.com/ian.h.jenny Ian Daniel Mathers

      I think you missed the point.

    • Carlos Beard

      You’re right. I did not follow the oilers and don’t claim to have. That is why the first scentence read “to have the word titans across is chest.” I was 10 or 11 when the oilers moved to Tennessee and have followed them ever since. I’m sorry if you feel that isn’t enough qualification to write articles expressing my opinion about the Titans. Thanks for reading anyway though!

    • 4evertitans

      Dude….take it easy! No reason to get personal, NONE! Grow the hell up, we can all have our own opinions! If you don’t like it, write an article yourself, rather than maddogg someone because they have an opinion that you don’t agree with! Think about Micah, the again…grow the hell up! P.S. Go Titans! 4everTitans! Titans 4ever!!!

  • http://twitter.com/dannyb_h Daniel Barton

    CJ had one great year, and a few good years when you look at total production at the end of the season, he makes his average higherat the end of the season, when teams are A) out of the playoffs, or B) resting their starters. he is a good player,but to say he is best ever, even in our short history is ludicrous. He is not a team player, isn’t a leader, and doesnt seem like a real smart guy in general. With VERY few exceptions, I can’t think of another player that’s been on a team since 99 that is “the best player of their team EVER” Tom Brady, if Peyton was still with colts, and they have Super Bowl rings, if we had the best player ever on our roster and can’t make the playoffs, something is WAY off track. You guys are way too “glass half full” here, I like the optimism, but be realistic in your articles, that’s a joke!! McNair, munchak, Mathews, or even bullock makes more sense than CJ, he is awesome and I love watching him rip one for 80+ but come on…..

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