Chris Johnson says he's the best back in the league

On Wednesday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told Dan Patrick that Peterson is a better running back than Titans tailback Chris Johnson.

On Thursday, the ever-talkative Johnson responded.

Asked how he compares himself to Peterson, Johnson said, per Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, “I don’t.  I am the best back in the league, he is not. I don’t think it
is close.  I feel like I am above all the other running
backs in the league.  I feel like I am above him.”

For now, Johnson is right.

But they both had better watch out for Ray Rice.

107 responses to “Chris Johnson says he's the best back in the league

  1. Yeah ok lets see how good you Are when your up against the best D in the laeuge sunday…
    Raiders D is gona destroy this guy! I bet he will NOT have a 100 yrd game

  2. Stop plugging Ray Rice you clown! Everyone knows he’s going down in week 3 and Big Beans McGahee is gunna rock it

  3. u tell CJ
    AP needs to hold onto the ball and STF UP. look at the greats, barry, brown, they had less fumbles in their careers than AP does in a season.

  4. Stephen Jackson is the best running back in the game.
    Have him switch teams with AP or CJ and its not even close. Jackson plays on 1 of the worst teams of all time and still puts up monster numbers while CJ and AP play with great players especially on the offensive line.

  5. Flo and his Ray Rice love. No one is even thinking about Ray. He isn’t even in the top 5.
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    Millions of fantasy football players disagree. He’s definitely top 5, in most circles, he’s either #3 or #4

  6. In your mind you’re prolly right CJ, but I think at least 30 of the 32 teams in the league would say it’s Peterson who has did it every year. Last year the Titans had nothing else to play for except to get you yards……no goal of winning games or getting to the playoffs becuz of their 0-7 start. Also, CJ had games of 35 + carries becuz the sole goal was to get him yards to break 2000. If the Titans have any aspirations of a winning season and making the playoffs this year, they will have to exclude the selfish attitude of CJ and that it’s all about HIM and his YARDS. Doesn’t sound to me like CJ is much of a team player,and combined with his “threatened holdout for more money” this past spring……it’s all about ME CJ and the hell with the team.

  7. Ray Rice
    Ray Rice
    Ray Rice
    Are you serious. Ray Rice is a nice player, but he is no A.P. or Chris Johnson.
    Ray better hope cross eyed joe gets a clue this year, or he will be running to the i.r.

  8. best D in the league..hahahahahah…good one
    he needs to say he is the best back in the league. would you want him saying, “I think I am ok. I might do well here”? NO! You want him to be cocky and KNOW he is good.

  9. Ray Rice who? I know this guy Shone Green that’s gonna steam roll this kids out of boredom.
    ha.. JETS = Superbowl Champs

  10. Johnson is the best back in the league, no doubt about it.
    @ raidersteve413 – The Raiders have a defense? Since when?

  11. Chris Johnson is a paper champion! He’ll use his running from the cops speed to sprint to the bottom of the standings and his fat coach will choke on a hotdog!!!1!
    Wait a minute, Johnson’s not on the Jets? Oh, never mind then, it’s totally OK for him to talk a big game.

  12. Yeah, Flo…. everyone knows Ray Rice is going to have a great year especially since he will catch so many balls since the Ravens don’t have any quality wide recei….oh wait.

  13. AllDayAP says:
    September 9, 2010 4:51 PM
    Stop plugging Ray Rice you clown! Everyone knows he’s going down in week 3 and Big Beans McGahee is gunna rock it
    I will have to disagree with that one. McGahee is a poser. He was lazy in Buffalo and he shows his laziness now. Why does everyone hate Ray Rice?

  14. He aint going to have a big day sunday. Tenn. will be forced to give up on the run and start throwing, if they want to keep up with the High Power Offense of the Raiders.
    34-13
    Raiders WIN!!!

  15. Peterson will by far have the better career when all is said and done…… Did you draft Ray Rice on your fantasy team or something?

  16. Chris Johnson is awesome, but he isnt the best in the league. My prediction, he will will not play the whole season…..
    I like Ray R also, but neither back is as good as AD

  17. This is so dumb. Peterson told Johnson TO BE THE BEST YOU HAVE TO THINK OF YOURSELF AS THE BEST. It’s not a friggen pissing contest. It a mental state. You media types can be idiots at times.

  18. peterson didn’t say he was better, peterson just said johnson wasn’t better. there’s a difference. before last year i would’ve put peterson over johnson, you couldn’t even argue it to me. if johnson doesn’t produce 2,500 this year like hes saying, i never wanna hear him open his dumb@ss mouth ever again.

  19. One Great year, does not make him the best back in the league. Sorry, have to disagree with the golden smile on this one…

  20. Florio, did you happen to go to school at Rutgers because you are in love with this dude. He is good, I put him in the top 7 maybe, but he ain’t gonna top CJ2K or AD.

  21. “I don’t. I am the best back in the league, he is not. I don’t think it is close. I feel like I am above all the other running backs in the league. I feel like I am above him.”
    ——————————————
    The quote is obviously an edit. it was actually:
    “I don’t. I be da bess an he no it. It aint even close. Chris Johnson be above everybody. He aint get 2K, dat wuz ME. I da man, now pay me”

  22. I am so sick of CJ having one decent year and acting like the fu**ing second coming of the Lord. I don’t wish any ill will on anyone, but a piece of humble pie would do this jackass some good.

  23. Chris Johnson is the best right now. Peterson will need to cure the fumblitis before he can claim to be best. Ray Rice needs to be an every down back and not be splitting carries so much to move up the ladder.

  24. Chris Johnson is the best RB in the league, period. He had 600 more rushing yards last year than the 2nd place back, Steven Jackson. In other words, he could have sat his ass on the bench for the last 4 weeks of the season and he still would have been the leading rusher in the NFL. And before you mention how bad Jackson’s team is, remember that Johnson’s Titans started 0-6. Once they started consistently giving CJ 20-30 carries a game, they finished 8-2 in their last ten. He also plays on a team with no passing attack and faces 8 in the box every week.

  25. Route36West says: September 9, 2010 4:58 PM
    “Stephen Jackson is the best running back in the game. ”
    Jackson sure as hell would be in the conversation if he played in New York or played for a winning team.
    As it is east coast fans like me hardly ever see him play or hear much about him.

  26. Steven Jackson is the best running back in football. The man literally BROKE HIS BACK carrying the Rams last season. As a fan of the team, I can’t imagine how hard it has to be for someone like Jackson to play as hard as he does every week when the team is finishing with 1, 2, or 3 wins every year. If Jackson was allowed to run behind the Titans line, this wouldn’t even be up for debate. I like Johnson alot but he’s going to fall into that T.O. role of ‘guy runs his mouth too much.’

  27. It’s a lot easier to get those numbers when you have no other viable offensive options on your team. With Vince Young and “insert WR name here” as your other skill position players, I’d hand or throw the ball to Johnson every play, he should put up huge numbers just on opportunity alone. AP has a hall of fame QB, the reigning offensive ROY, a pro-bowl WR in Rice and a borderline pro-bowl TE in Shiancoe, yet he still put up 1,300+ yds rushing, led the league in rushing TDs (18) and had a career high in catches (42).
    This year will be the telling year, Sid-Rice out, Favre hobbled and rusty…this will be the year of AP and Chris Johnson will have to deal with being #2 in the league, sorry my boy, it’s the truth.

  28. Deangelo Williams is better all-around than either of them. He isn’t faster than Johnson or stronger than Peterson but he’s a better balance than either of them and can catch the ball.

  29. One Great year, does not make him the best back in the league. Sorry, have to disagree with the golden smile on this one…
    —————————————-
    Why not? It apparently is enough to anoint Darrelle Revis as the greatest defensive player in history….. just ask any of the mediots….

  30. this is another example of the media taking comments completely out of context in order to entice drama. Adrian never said he was the best back in the league, he said that was the mentality that he had in order to make sure that he was the best he could be. he even mentions that he told CJ at one point that he should have the same mentality…that you have to believe in yourself.
    yet another reason that a can’t stand this ahole and almost passed on him even at #3 in my fantasy league. yes CJ, you are a great RB and quite possibly even the best in the league, but have a little humility for once and quick talking smack for three seconds…that might gain you something that you AD surely has…respect.

  31. did you ever hear barry sanders say he was the best back in the league? how about emmit smith? how about walter payton? marshall faulk? anyone?
    nope because they all had class and respect for the game. CJ2k is a punk. do it for 5 years straight at we can talk bro

  32. I dunno, Mr. Fumbles says he’s gonna get 2500 yds this year. I’m gonna be ticking off those yards as the season goes along…

  33. SkolVikings says:
    Millions of fantasy football players disagree. He’s definitely top 5, in most circles, he’s either #3 or #4
    ————
    I do think Rice is a top-5 back — please don’t compare fantasy to, you know, real life. Fantasy leagues are full of things like PPR that distort the value of certain players, Rice among them.

  34. Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac “Red Zone” Redman in the Pony backfield are going to turn some heads.
    GO STEELERS!

  35. Again florio is blowing hard on the ravens and this ray rice guy who is not a proven back had a decent year last year and all of a sudden he’s better than AP and Chris J. what’s with all this hype on 2009’s mediocrity.. I don’t understand it…

  36. Why are Raiders fans always the most talkative before week one. They Sao the same things last year. So far I have heard high powered offense, and number 1 d in the league. I understand you may not know what those look like, but I can assure you the raiders have neither one.

  37. Ray who?
    Rice?
    Ol CornFlorio must be talking about Sidney Rice, WR for the Vikings. Everyone knows he has a major hard on for the Vikings…..

  38. # Lucky5927 says: September 9, 2010 5:05 PM
    One Great year, does not make him the best back in the league. Sorry, have to disagree with the golden smile on this one…
    *********************************************************
    Can you tell that to Jet fans who have anointed Revis the best corner in the league after one good season.

  39. chris johnson and james toney should have a radio show together. 3 hours and no one understands a single word spoken. it would have to be televised for subtitles.

  40. AP’s #’s go down every year, he fumbles ALL DAY, and he should be the consensus #2 back in the league.
    CJ, in his rookie season, split carries with LenDale White and still broke 1200 yards.
    Then, when he receives the majority of the carries, he breaks 2000?
    I think it’s safe to say he’s legitimately #1.
    But we’ll see this year how he pans out.

  41. I’m pretty sure Peterson and Johnson are friends and letting this build up as a big joke on us. The two without a doubt must have respect for each other. You can’t question that either of then have talent. I think its all a joke on the casual viewer.
    As for the ray rice comment, every fan builds up their players give Flo a break. Also, he might be messing with us as well just to watch everyone get up in arms over it

  42. I’m pretty sure Peterson and Johnson are friends and letting this build up as a big joke on us. The two without a doubt must have respect for each other. You can’t question that either of then have talent. I think its all a joke on the casual viewer.
    As for the ray rice comment, every fan builds up their players give Flo a break. Also, he might be messing with us as well just to watch everyone get up in arms over it

  43. pacificamike says:
    September 9, 2010 4:53 PM
    u tell CJ
    AP needs to hold onto the ball and STF UP. look at the greats, barry, brown, they had less fumbles in their careers than AP does in a season.
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    umm look at the stats. Emmitt, Barry had one less fumble than AD in their first 3 seasons. Jim Brown averaged 6.33 a season. AD has averaged 6.67. And Walter Payton had 10 more fumbles at this point in his career. Stop pretending the legends were infallible.

  44. Did anyone even bother to look at the mostly joke run defenses that Chris “Whoopie Goldberg” Johnson was up against last year?
    I’ll wager there are a ton of players in the NFL who could run untouched for 80 yards on every other play…

  45. Since every media member is a yard horny, stat slut in the Fantasy Football whore house, let’s get some facts straight.
    Since we can’t use career stats to measure the two because of AP’s one year on seniority, we’ll have to average their first two years in the league.
    Unless my druken math is way off, their two year careers are pretty much identical.
    Wait, we have to include each season’s stats to be fair.
    Wait, that’s not fair either. What about the guys with more than three years.
    Well, I guess LT blows both of them out of the water.
    Starting to sound pretty stupid isn’t it.
    Wait until they’re both retired and playing the back 9 at Augusta.
    Then we can get down to business, squating in our dingy one room apartments, squinting at our lap tops, researching stats, arguing who was the better RB.
    Wait, now I’m not so excited about the future.

  46. # pacificamike says: September 9, 2010 4:53 PM
    u tell CJ
    AP needs to hold onto the ball and STF UP. look at the greats, barry, brown, they had less fumbles in their careers than AP does in a season.
    —————————
    It’s really not that hard to look up Pro Football Reference and see you are wrong…in fact Walter Payton has twice as many fumbles in his first 3 seasons as AD, Jim Brown averaged 7 a season, where as AD is at 6.3 a season.

  47. # BigMikeSkinsFan says: September 9, 2010 4:58 PM
    best D in the league..hahahahahah. ..good one
    he needs to say he is the best back in the league. would you want him saying, “I think I am ok. I might do well here”? NO! You want him to be cocky and KNOW he is good.
    _________________________________
    No we wouldn’t want him to only think he is ok, he’s a great player. But there is a fine line between cocky and confident and he’s way too cocky. NO it’s not ok to be cocky to the media because then it just looks like you’re a jackass (which is looks like he is). Be cocky to yourself thinking you’re the best RB in the league.
    Don’t you every wonder why when he gets interviewed after his big games, he never says anything about help from O-line. He never says “Oh, we’ll I couldn’t of done it without my O-line and coaching staff,” but rather says “follow me on twitter, my name is CJohnson28.” That’s when your O-line decides to give the defense some open lanes to hit you hard because you never give them any credit.
    And I think Peterson is a better back. He’s more powerful, his O-line isn’t as good as everyone says too. I am a Vikings fan, I would know. But AP is the #1 back in the league who gets stuffed behind the line. I would call that a poor O-line or poor blocking scheme or poor play-calling.

  48. All said and done, at least Peterson will go somewhere after the NFL. Johnson can’t even speak properly, hell I don’t think what he speaks is classified as Ebonics.

  49. shoney green… you must be kidding right? the raiders?? Please child- get yourself sober.
    As for gold toofer Johnson- back it up a couple of years before appointing yourself the best. Better yet, wait for someone else to do it for you.

  50. I think that AP will have a far more impressive career when it is all said and done, especially if he can cure the fumble problem. Just my opinion. His combination of speed and strength is unreal. CJ had a great year, no doubt. I just think that things are going to be a little bit different now that defenses have spent the offseason watching tape and scheming even more carefully to stop him. Last year the Titans didn’t have much else to play for, and I’m not sure that was a small factor in his success, either. Wish I had either back on my team…but I would take AP first.

  51. Sucks that Steven “THE BEAST” Jackson’s been on some bad teams. If he was on the vikes, titans or ravens there wouldn’t even be a discussion who’s the best.

  52. They are both great backs bit I have to give it to CJ, doesn’t fumble, rarely gets hurt, he plays most downs, and defenses are always planning for him and the Titans don’t many other great options on offense, Vikings have plenty.

  53. Lets and sit back and watch purple cheesus and his apostle fumbles peterson tonight.
    gonna talk the talk, let see him walk the walk now!

  54. MrHumble called it. The Titans and CJ chased that record. They game planned for it.
    Starting from 0-0, let’s see if the Titans choose to chase records again, or if they’ll chase a Championship.

  55. chris johnson is better… and AP is clear 2nd… florio has a man crush on rice… he wants to make sushi for ray…

  56. Route36West says:
    September 9, 2010 4:58 PM
    Stephen Jackson is the best running back in the game.
    “Stephen Jackson” plays in the NBA, “Steven Jackson” is the RB for the St.Louis Rams.

  57. I wish CJ talked as well as he runs…..that would be a huge improvement and may even allow me to take him seriously.

  58. As for all of you saying that CJ can’t be the best back because he hasn’t done it year in and year out like adrian, what has adrian exactly done year in and year out for so long? if i’m not mistaken he was only drafted one year before CJ, so he can’t have been doing it for too long. adrian’s running style also isn’t conducive to a long running back life expectancy so for those of you who say that he will end up with better numbers, i’m not so sure its clear. i think he will have 2 more good seasons or so and then quickly decline, whereas CJ, as long as he doesnt have some cheap shot at his knees, can last. even if he “loses a step”, he’s still going to be as fast as anyone on the field. and he doesn’t have the punishing running style that a guy like adrian peterson or brandon jacobs or even steven jackson have. the end.

  59. The Ravens love across the board in media land is baffling. So they added Boldin.. big freaking whoop.. their secondary won’t stop a butterfly…

  60. The best back will be the one who can succeed consistently. One season does not make a good back THE BEST.
    If they both continue at their current level, then CJ is the best. But, that remains to be seen.
    It’s hard to compare running backs who have such different games anyway. Nobody can realistically compare Barry Sanders to Jim Brown.

  61. # FinFan68 says: September 9, 2010 5:07 PM
    The quote is obviously an edit. it was actually:
    “I don’t. I be da bess an he no it. It aint even close. Chris Johnson be above everybody. He aint get 2K, dat wuz ME. I da man, now pay me”
    ———————————————
    Hilarious!!!! ..and probably the truth as well. If it wasn’t for football, CJ wouldn’t even qualify for a job running the fry bin at McDonald’s.
    @ BornSlippy: Most Raider fans aren’t making those kind of claims, so don’t lump us all together. Raidersteve413 knows better as well. He’s just having a little fun, so lighten up, man.

  62. A) Rice is not even in the same league as those 2.
    B) Johnson is a scat back who capatalized on some questionable run defenses last year AP is superior.

  63. The Raiders. Oh god, the Raiders. If only the offseason lasted forever… Then it would be so great to be a Raiders fan. Once the season starts, everything will be back to normal. Friggin’ losers.

  64. Florio you are right, Ray Rice is #3 and with one good season, like Chris Johnson, he will be above them for his ability to catch and run with the football. Something neither Peterson or CJ are that good at. I guess these commenters know so much about the game!

  65. # minnesconsin_ad says: September 9, 2010 5:18 PM
    SkolVikings says:
    Millions of fantasy football players disagree. He’s definitely top 5, in most circles, he’s either #3 or #4
    ————
    I do think Rice is a top-5 back — please don’t compare fantasy to, you know, real life. Fantasy leagues are full of things like PPR that distort the value of certain players, Rice among them.
    —————
    If you think you can dismiss Ray Rice as just a fantasy back, you didn’t watch any of the Raven games last year. Otherwise you would have seen a back who put the team on his shoulders and willed them to a win in quite a few games. The guy was a difference maker.

  66. People, CJ played for a mediocre team and yet he outrushed both Steven Jackson and Adrian Peterson by 600 yards last season. 600 yards! He also caught 50 passes for 500 yards. He set the record for the most yards from scrimmage EVER on a team with no passing attack and started out 0-6. Jackson and Peterson are both great backs, don’t get me wrong. But until one of them (or someone else) outproduces CJ, CJ is the best. No questions, no ifs, ands, or buts.

  67. I love how no one ever talks about Gore… He had statistically the worst run blocking team in the league last year and still put up 17.7 FF points per week…
    CJ: 21.4
    AP:17.4
    Gore:17.7 (had 1 carry in 3 games)
    MJD:16.9
    Rice:15.4
    I’m just saying, don’t be surprised when Gore or Rice end up in the top two this season… I would rank them: AP,Gore, Rice, CJ, MJD… Gores has a real easy schedule this year with an improved line, CJ’s schedule has gotten harder and there is no way he gets over 1500 yards rushing this season, Rice got all of his TD’s stolen in the 1st 4 weeks last season.

  68. What do Jim Brown, Walter Payton, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett, Franco Harris and OJ Simpson have in common? They all averaged more fumbles per game during their entire career than AD has during his first 3 seasons (when running backs fumble the most). Even the legends have weaknesses. The media is just so far up their own asses looking for stories nowadays that they need to focus on stuff like this.

  69. Mike_in_Texas says:
    September 9, 2010 5:02 PM
    He aint going to have a big day sunday. Tenn. will be forced to give up on the run and start throwing, if they want to keep up with the High Power Offense of the Raiders.
    34-13
    Raiders WIN!!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    funny funny funny… remember you have dump off king Shambles throwing the ball.

  70. # pilot08 says: September 9, 2010 4:59 PM
    If Williams or Stewart were feature backs on different teams, I would put them in their category.
    ———————–
    I agree %100.
    Best backs in the league
    1)Ap
    2)Steven Jackson
    3)MJD
    4)CJ
    5)Williams

  71. All these ray rice haters need to stop drinking so much haterade. Bottom line: next to CJ2k, ray did the most per touch of any back last year and had the most yards from scrimmage. I’m not saying he’s the best–you geniuses have already determined he’s not–but 2,000 yards from scrimmage last year was one of the most productive seasons by a back in nfl history.

  72. Uhhh Cedric Benson anyone? Missed almost 5 games last year and still had over 1200 yards. Not as flashy but he hammers people and did it without a passing threat and had a thrown-together O-Line. He will get 1600+ yards this year.

  73. I have to agree with the people who mentioned Deangelo Williams. The guy is very underrated.
    Ray Rice is good but still has a lot to prove.

  74. Wow u guys are hating on ray rice like it was a quote from his mouth that they better watch out for him and it’s funny hearing all these fantasy guys ride his nuts I remember last year I picke him in the 2nd round on a straight homer pick and idiots like u lit me up for taking him so high bet he goes in the 1st in more then half the leagues this year

  75. A Big ole L O L to the first poster of this comment thread.
    Johnson is the best back in the league. He wont get 2,500 yards though.

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