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Titans think bad holding call cost Johnson rushing record

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson surpassed 2,000 yards for the season on Sunday, finishing the season with 2,006 yards.

That total is exactly 100 yards short of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, so Johnson’s inability to break Dickerson’s mark can’t be blamed on any single play. But several people in the Titans’ locker room are saying this week that a bad call by an official cost Johnson a chance at the record.

The call was a holding penalty on fullback Ahmard Hall that negated a 62-yard Johnson touchdown run on Sunday. Johnson said he thought it was a bad call, and that it would have gotten him close enough to the record that he would have broken it later in the game.

No way that was a holding call,” Johnson said. “That was not holding . . . at all.”

Titans center Kevin Mawae blasted referee Ed Hochuli for throwing a penalty flag even though the hold in question occurred after Johnson had broken into the open field, while Titans coach Jeff Fisher said he would have changed his playcalling to get Johnson the record if Johnson hadn’t lost those 62 yards.

“I don’t understand it,” Fisher said. “The disappointing thing about it is had it not been called, that would have changed things. We had the ball, we had eight minutes to go in the game and now we’re looking at the all-time record. That would have changed our approach in the ballgame.”

As it stands, Johnson will have to settle for 2,006, and Dickerson will own the record for at least another year.

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45 Responses to “Titans think bad holding call cost Johnson rushing record”
  1. Chapnasty2 says: Jan 5, 2010 4:28 PM

    I got money he rushes for 2200 next season just because he is bored.

  2. Sportygal says: Jan 5, 2010 4:33 PM

    It was a bad call.

  3. BenRapistberger says: Jan 5, 2010 4:33 PM

    He deserved it, this was total crap.
    That being said, I think the total yards from scrimmage is a bigger deal anyways, and he broke that record.

  4. nasheagles says: Jan 5, 2010 4:36 PM

    The Refs should have gone in anticipating to only cal blatant calls.. that call was pathetic

  5. Fart Face Killa says: Jan 5, 2010 4:37 PM

    Never again will he surpass 2k rushing yards.

  6. bbach says: Jan 5, 2010 4:38 PM

    Do we need to go back and study game films of Eric Dickerson’s record year to find out if maybe he lost some yards due to a play being called back because of holding? Possibly his record should be about 2400 yards. Maybe he got ripped off as well. I don’t know.

  7. SATAN567 says: Jan 5, 2010 4:39 PM

    Stop cheating, losers.

  8. Verbal Kint says: Jan 5, 2010 4:39 PM

    Chris Johnson will throw for 5,000 yards next year too.

  9. cnelson13 says: Jan 5, 2010 4:44 PM

    What is everyone talking about? I don’t care about the Titans or the record, but that was blatant holding…

  10. artkang says: Jan 5, 2010 4:46 PM

    Johnson is one of the best, if not the best, runner in the NFL. However, don’t cry over one play because you didn’t get a “record”. I’m sure that if you look at every run over the course of the season, you’ll find some non-calls on his runs where holding could have easily been flagged….thus negating some yardage.
    Take the high road and focus on breaking the record next season, while helping the Titans into the playoffs.

  11. AlanWeiss says: Jan 5, 2010 4:47 PM

    Ed hochuli has really been a bad official for the last several years. When will the nfl man up and hire some full time refs that can study the game,rulebook, and heritage all year round, devoting much needed attention and energy to the the tradition of the nfl.

  12. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Jan 5, 2010 4:51 PM

    “The Refs should have gone in anticipating to only cal blatant calls.. that call was pathetic”
    Um…no. The refs’ job is to call the game, not hand the record to Johnson.
    The hold wasn’t the worst I’ve seen, but he did turn the guy. That tends to get called. Rather than blasting the refs, I’d be after the moron who held after Johnson was already through the hole.

  13. Bucfs says: Jan 5, 2010 4:52 PM

    ok, either the ref is stupid, blind, or had money on the whether Johnson was going to break the record
    So, what the NFL SHOULD do is tack on an extra 62 yards to his total of the season. However that will never happen
    by the way, who else thinks PFT is getting too big and Florio’s ideas are getting too bizarre?

  14. The Centurion says: Jan 5, 2010 4:52 PM

    Bad call for sure, we know alittle bit about the Pros and Cons of the BUFF REF here in Colorado.

  15. BroncFanOr says: Jan 5, 2010 4:52 PM

    Had he gained a few more yards in each of the 15 other games it would be a moot point.
    This whole “would have” “should have” gets real old.
    I don’t understand why in sports it always comes down to “would have” and “should have” when you should just deal with “what is”.

  16. mannyfresh209 says: Jan 5, 2010 4:56 PM

    Fart Face Killa… LOL cmon now baby girl.

  17. topcide says: Jan 5, 2010 4:56 PM

    There is holding on every single play in the NFL.

  18. Levito says: Jan 5, 2010 4:58 PM

    Gotta agree with FFK, he’s not gonna break it again. I didn’t see the call, so I can’t comment on that, but if it’s the case, that’s a shame. 2,000 yards is a heck of a feat, repeating that performance is even harder.

  19. finsbooyah says: Jan 5, 2010 4:59 PM

    There was blatant holding on that play… The only argument he has is that Johnson was already past the line of scrimmage when the holding occured, therefore the penalty probably had no impact on the outcome of the play…
    That being said, every time this douche opens his mouth, he makes me want to vomit

  20. jersey73 says: Jan 5, 2010 5:00 PM

    What about all the yards gotten all season when the O-line did hold and it wasn’t called? It all works out in the end.

  21. MrHumble says: Jan 5, 2010 5:00 PM

    johnson needs to take a little dose of humility from jamaal charles who could teach him that “team” is more important than “individual” accomplishments. johnson is another T.O. and he will have a bullseye on his back next year as teams scheme accordingly. this year the titans were a disaster, much like lions, chiefs, etc. and opponents don’t focus on stopping an individual player becuz they know they’ll still win the game. As the titans improve, defenses will change……just ask adrian peterson.

  22. RZaw says: Jan 5, 2010 5:01 PM

    As a Seahawk fan watching the game at a bar in Seattle I still agree! Everyone in the place was pissed! EVERYONE! While I wanted the Hawks to win (Something I’m not terribly used to these days) I wanted to see history that much more. Thanks Ed! For ruining what could have been a nice ending to an already disappointing season in Seattle and I’m sure Tennessee as well. So you could make a questionable call at best and ruin a potential life changing game for an amazing athlete! Douche!

  23. ForceEight says: Jan 5, 2010 5:07 PM

    What a whiny bunch of whiners. How selfish can you get?
    Jamal Lewis and Barry Sanders both showed infinitely more class and dignity about the situation than Johnson. In fact, I can remember Dickerson even taunting and poking fun at Lewis about it during the Ravens’ last game in 2003 (they were on MNF). You never heard anything from Lewis.
    Of course, Lewis and Sanders both had playoff games to get ready for the next week. Sorry, Chris.

  24. Merriman's Dealer says: Jan 5, 2010 5:07 PM

    Hmmm. Give and take league.
    They didnt call holding on Stewart on the TD play when they beat AZ a few weeks back even though it appeared as though Stewart thought he was cutting a rug with his prom date. You know the game where everyone thought Young was Montana reincarnated.
    You get some. You give some.
    CJ had a incredible year. Don’t tarnish it by complaining about crap that shouldn’t have happened. Refs make bad calls all the time. Its a give and take league.

  25. JimmySmith says: Jan 5, 2010 5:10 PM

    Ya, and the Colts laid down because they were afraid of the Fixsburgh Steelers.
    What is it with all these crybabies complaining about their circumstances when they had all season to do something about it and they wait to the last week to bitch about a single play or game?

  26. Tyler says: Jan 5, 2010 5:14 PM

    Who cares about this crying. He shouldn’t get records by cheating…….. Against the Colts, Freeney was inches away to tackle him for a 4 yard loss, but was held blatantly, and CJ run for a 7-10 yard gain. Don’t remember for how much.

  27. me so horny says: Jan 5, 2010 5:22 PM

    I could watch Chris Johnson run all day. He’s amazing. But the the second I hear him start talking in an interview, I want to change the channel.

  28. MrHumble says: Jan 5, 2010 5:26 PM

    Cry about one missed holding call that cost him some yards…….how many holding calls do you think were missed on the titans during the course of the other freakin’ 16 games that allowed johnson to even get the opportunity to break the mark. think about it you idiots, ur complaining about ONE FREAKIN HOLDING CALL in the course of a whole damn year…..oh hell never mind, if ur that damn stupid to complain then you’ll certainly never understand the other side of the arguement.

  29. Mattchew182 says: Jan 5, 2010 5:34 PM

    Ed Hochuli is an idiot who has made bad calls and continued to keep his job. I swear him and Lovie Smith should write a book. How to be totally incompetent and keep your job.

  30. Majik Bullet says: Jan 5, 2010 5:40 PM

    Remember when Barry Sanders had a shot at the rushing title, but with the game already locked up, he said he would stay out of the game and not risk injury in pursuit of an individual award, in order to help his team and their playoff chances?
    It’s a shame that a guy like Sanders used to be the best and you never heard from him, and now a douche like this is one of the best, and you hear stupid crap from him every week, even though his team missed the playoffs. Maybe he should concentrate on helping his team win, instead of individual awards and racing Usain Bolt and Ted Ginn. I never remember Sanders wanting to race Carl Lewis or Don Beebe.

  31. BobsCountryBunker says: Jan 5, 2010 5:48 PM

    Looked to me like both hands were inside the shoulder pads. Doesn’t matter if he turned the guy, or not. The real point is that if there was only one dog turd somewhere on the sidewalk, Ed Hochuli would step in it. How many game altering incorrect calls should he be allowed to make.

  32. habibfromnewdehli says: Jan 5, 2010 5:50 PM

    Yeah well…
    Jamal Lewis EASILY had the record… until Brian Billick sat him for the last game and 3 quarters of the 2nd to last game. Just to spite Jamal for being the one to carry the offense, and not Billick’s project: Kyle Boller.
    Besides… if the Titans want to blame the officials for keeping him from breaking the record, then we could just as easily blame half the Titans’ opponents for not looking like they even wanted to tackle him. Running AWAY from him during plays. He’s not a big intimidating guy. It almost looks like the games were staged. But hey, wouldn’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist here. Because that couldn’t be further from the truth!

  33. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Jan 5, 2010 5:51 PM

    It was a close call, but not a game-changer. Sorry for CJ missing the record and all, but come on…

  34. Furious George says: Jan 5, 2010 5:55 PM

    biggest whiners and complainers in the league. what a bunch of babies.

  35. THEpackersAREwhere? says: Jan 5, 2010 6:09 PM

    Let me get this straight. He was 100 yards short of the record right? The holding penalty, whether accurate of not, took back a 62 yard run right? That 62 yards cost him the record according to some players in the locker room right? I may need some help with this one, but when one is counting, heres where I get mixed up, does 62 come before or after 100? I always thought of 62 as a number smaller than 100…

  36. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Jan 5, 2010 6:22 PM

    THEpackersAREwhere? says:
    January 5, 2010 6:09 PM
    Let me get this straight. He was 100 yards short of the record right? The holding penalty, whether accurate of not, took back a 62 yard run right? That 62 yards cost him the record according to some players in the locker room right? I may need some help with this one, but when one is counting, heres where I get mixed up, does 62 come before or after 100? I always thought of 62 as a number smaller than 100…
    ————————–
    You must not have read the whole statement by Fisher.
    “The disappointing thing about it is had it not been called, that would have changed things. We had the ball, we had eight minutes to go in the game and now we’re looking at the all-time record. That would have changed our approach in the ballgame.”
    He’s saying they would’ve had a real shot to get Johnson to the record if the TD stood. I disagree with it and I think this is all much ado about nothing.. But you’re not understanding the nature of Fisher’s statement.

  37. purplepuzzyeatrz says: Jan 5, 2010 6:26 PM

    Quit yalls bitching…He missed it, plain and simple…..The bottom line is , he didnt pass eric dickerson, and if he would have busted it 10 more yards in the previous 10 games we wouldnt be trying to change fate, or reality….great job chris ….doesnt take anything away from a killer year…
    Adrian Peterson will break that next year….Just a gut feeling when Minnesota Makes drastic offensive line changes……..SKOL

  38. Furious George says: Jan 5, 2010 6:37 PM

    maybe if they didnt lay down in the snow in foxboro like a bunch of gutless cowards he would have gotten that call. KARMA IS A BITCH.

  39. jimbofungus11 says: Jan 5, 2010 6:41 PM

    That was my first thought when I saw the bogus holding call…complete BS. If anything, I would think the league would have let it slide to give CJ a great chance to get the record. It would have only taken one more patented CJ burst to get it after that one.

  40. Bob S. says: Jan 5, 2010 7:29 PM

    terrible call made on purpose by a racist ref

  41. Coach says: Jan 5, 2010 7:55 PM

    Why would the league only call a “blatent” or obvious hold? Just because he is going for a record? A hold is a hold. I remember on one of his 80 yard runs earlier in the season where the refs missed two very obvious holds. It all evens out in the end.

  42. Coach says: Jan 5, 2010 8:00 PM

    Racist ref that wanted Eric Dickerson to keep the record? That makes sense because Dickerson is white and loved by everyone. Oops, nevermind.

  43. Coach says: Jan 5, 2010 8:02 PM

    In the words of the great Charles Barkley…”Hey Chris, you want some cheese with that whine?”.

  44. ForceEight says: Jan 6, 2010 5:42 AM

    habibfromnewdehli says:
    January 5, 2010 5:50 PM
    Yeah well…
    Jamal Lewis EASILY had the record… until Brian Billick sat him for the last game and 3 quarters of the 2nd to last game. Just to spite Jamal for being the one to carry the offense, and not Billick’s project: Kyle Boller.

  45. simple_simon1 says: Jan 6, 2010 10:35 AM

    I like Johnson. I think that was a bit of a bad call and it was too bad. Still a good year though.
    As a Barry Sanders fan I’m kind of happy it did get called back. Like to see Barry in that #3 position still.

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