The goal for Chris Johnson was 2,500 rushing yards. The Tennessean even built a nifty application to track his progress.
So far, he’s on pace for 1,416 rushing yards. That’s not shabby, but his 3.8 yards-per-carry average is 34th in the league, and he’s only recorded 38 receiving yards in four games.
Watch the Titans play, and you constantly see defenders in the backfield. Johnson is often breaking tackles just to get back to the line of scrimmage.
“I’m running the same,” Johnson said when asked if he’s been as decisive this year.
That may sound like Johnson is redirecting blame, but that’s not the case.
“One time the offensive linemen miss a block or one time (I) might
miss a read or not be in the right place, so it is the whole offense,”
Johnson told Jim Wyatt Wednesday. “It’s a long season and we know we’re going to get better. That is
the wrong thing to do, to start pointing fingers, you start separating
the locker room.”
Still, Johnson is having a hard time adjusting to defenses geared up to stop him. Johnson told his fantasy owners and fans that he’d have a great October, and that it was just taking him a little time to adjust to eight or nine defenders in the box.
Vince Young needs to start going deep more, and Kenny Britt’s role looks set to increase. Johnson was hoping for another deep threat though.
“Moss would of been a great move for us,” Johnson wrote Wednesday.