With 98 yards in three games, Chris Johnson vows to “get this fixed”

AP

To say that Titans running back Chris Johnson has been overpaid since receiving a six-year, $56 million contract wouldn’t come close to telling the whole story of Johnson’s first three games this season.

The truth is, based on what he’s done so far this year Johnson would be overpaid if he were making the league minimum.

Johnson’s rushing numbers are stunningly awful. Through three games he has 46 carries for 98 yards, an average of 2.1 yards a carry. That’s the lowest yards-per-carry average of any of the 35 NFL players who have more than 25 carries so far this season. Only three of Johnson’s 43 runs have gone for first downs. Although Johnson is supposed to be a big-play back, his longest run all season is nine yards, and he has yet to score a touchdown.

Heading into this season, Johnson had only been held under 25 yards in a game twice in his career. He’s been held under 25 yards in two of his three games this season.

So what’s going wrong? Johnson wrote on Twitter that it’s just a matter of keeping at it until he starts to get more productive.

“Got to keep pushing,” Johnson wrote. “At least we still winning will get this fixed very soon.”

The Titans had better hope they get it fixed very soon. They’ve tied a lot of money up in a player who’s giving them next to nothing in return.

59 responses to “With 98 yards in three games, Chris Johnson vows to “get this fixed”

  1. Nothing is going to fix it, at least to the point where expectations are met.

    Fact of the matter is, monster seasons like Johnson’s 2000+ yard campaign a few years ago simply don’t repeat. They’re the anomaly, not the standard. Johnson, I’m sure, will remain a productive back, but combine the proclivity towards passing in today’s game, the opponent’s desire to stop the big name, and Johnson’s own age and wear and tear on his body, and expectations need to be scaled down significantly.

  2. After three games you write this nonsense? Really? lol

    Brady has 5 INT’s this season. Compared to ALL of last season he’s already thrown 25% more INT’s…in just 3 games!

    OHHHHHHH NOOOES!!! Brady is overpaid!

  3. Bigger Bust than Albert Haynesworth in Burgundy and Gold.

    At least the Baconator could pass a physical.

    Johnson can’t pass Tony Siragusa at this point.

  4. Having watched McFadden so far this year, and having watched some of Chris Johnson’s “runs” one word comes to mind-contact.
    Yardage is measured north to south and not east to west.
    Get into the fray C.J. and see if you can earn your money.

  5. He’ll probably get 90 ytds this week at CLE, but it won’t matter as the Browns will win and move to 3-1!

  6. Note to all NFL GMs: RBs are fungible.

    If they don’t like their contract tough. I could get 98 yards in 3 games.

  7. Maybe the Titans should have paid Johnson so he’d have been there for training camp. All on them. Now it’ll take him longer to get going.

  8. he didnt cut it, so i dropped him in fantasy. been waiting for 2 weeks for a monster game…guess i made the right decision. Mcfadden, however is a monster

  9. hate to say i told you so but i did. new system, no training camp, and an offseason where this guy obviously didn’t do squat, yeah it’s over. RBs each year are less and less important in offenses. Look at the Panthers.

  10. How many times does history have to repeat itself before these ignorant G.M’s learn their lesson?

    I shouted over and over again not to give C.J. the money he wanted cause he only had 1 good season and 1 fair season. He has not proved himself as a great RB yet.

    Should have made him go through with his yearly threat THIS time and let him sit at home.
    How is that return on investment coming along now Tennessee?

    Overpaid for an overrated RB that cant even speak proper English or dress decent. (but oh those gold teeth are so handsome)

  11. I never thought Johnson was that great. He’s not going to be like Adrian Peterson because he can’t make his own holes. Look at the offensive line AP plays with and hes still productive. The only reason Chris Johnson got 2000 yards was because his team gave up on winning and devoted their year to get him there.

  12. If “no-way CJ” doesn’t step it up it will hurt future RB’s from getting big money.

    But CJ’s not a ‘move the pile’ guy and goes down on the first touch. He has to have open field and that means the Titans need to play him differently.

    But as a Titans fan what really bothers me is that he’s not a “team” guy. He’s all about CJ.

  13. marinephinfan says: Sep 26, 2011 2:35 PM

    After three games you write this nonsense? Really? lol

    Brady has 5 INT’s this season. Compared to ALL of last season he’s already thrown 25% more INT’s…in just 3 games!

    OHHHHHHH NOOOES!!! Brady is overpaid!
    ———————————————

    Brady hasn’t sucked all season, nor did he hold out for a mega deal only to play like garbage. The Titans had such an amazing OL on his 2000 yard season and he had a ton of huge runs, but the line regressed and he’s the kind of back that can’t make his own holes if the D is trying to shut him down. He is no Peterson, that’s for sure.

  14. Funny, speaking from experience runningback’s (as in tailback’s vs fullbacks) are like quarterbacks in that they require a supporting cast . Namely, an offensive line to make holes in which to engage the first level if not they never get to the second level. Amazing how the offensive line never gets any credit or increases in salary to go along with the new contract that a tailback receives for producing yardage. If the o-line doesn’t open any holes then Chris Johnson goes NO-where. Same goes for your typical prima donna wide receiver, it takes the 10 other guys to block and pass the ball in order for a wr to get all the glory for catching/scoring.

  15. Every week I check the box scores and hope to see CJ sucking it up and every week he comes through for me. The sad thing is that he’s another ignorant has-been that is way richer than any of us can ever wish to be. Good thing he got a big chunk of guaranteed money. We all know he’ll never be in a broadcast booth.

  16. marinephinfan says:
    Sep 26, 2011 2:35 PM
    After three games you write this nonsense? Really? lol

    Brady has 5 INT’s this season. Compared to ALL of last season he’s already thrown 25% more INT’s…in just 3 games!

    OHHHHHHH NOOOES!!! Brady is overpaid!

    Well he is also on pace to throw for over 7,000 yards. Let me take a guess..based on your postname..you must be a Fin’s fan and is still bummed about the Mon nite game??

  17. I don’t begrudge CJ getting his money because he earned it. But the fact is, RBs wear down quickly. And for a guy like CJ, who’s game is predicated on speed, the slowdown comes even faster. That’s exactly why the Titans were reluctant to pay him so much money.

    He’ll be more productive when he gets into better shape in a couple of weeks. But the seasons of 1,700 yards are over for him. Expect 1,100 yard seasons from here on out.

  18. Paying big money to running backs who can’t break a tackle and need to be untouched to make big plays is STUPID. they should have traded him.

  19. So during the lock-out, he did squat, and after the lock-out, instead of showing up to camp, he threw a diva hissy fit because he wanted to get paid.

    If he cared more about his performance than his wallet, he would have showed up to camp without a contract extension, and work out the kinks later.

    CJ needs to learn a few things from AP.

  20. Why wasn’t it fixed after the 1st game, or 2nd? Now that it is after the 3rd does it mean he is going to really fix it now?

  21. Hey Chris hows that 2,000 yard season going for you? Dont worry you can still get there if you average 146.3 yards a game for the rest of the season…………

  22. Oh yeah, never saw this coming…whined about not getting paid then held out.

    Once he got that contract, it’s game over…all he cared about were the dollars.

    People like this have no heart for the game…the Titans should have let him walk.

  23. People like this have no heart for the game…the Titans should have let him walk.

    Has nothing to do with his heart. Javon Ringer has a lot of heart and is a solid back, and he was 6 for -6 yesterday.

    Not a coincidence that while the run game is tanking, Hasselbeck is off to the fastest start of his career passing. And I don’t think it’s a coincidence Daniel Graham was all alone in the end zone for the winning TD when the Broncos played for the run, either. Teams so far are content with focusing on stopping the Titans running game, and Hasselbeck is for the most part making them pay.

    There’s plenty of blame to go around for their slow start running the ball, but it sure would help if someone would open up a reasonable hole without getting flagged for holding.

  24. 98 yards? That’s it. McFadden would have that in one half.

    That gets me thinking. He’s in his 4th year now. He’s got to be due for a contract again soon. Although as the 4th overall pick in his draft class, he already got a good rookie contract.

    AP + CJ = DMAC

  25. He didn’t do anything last year either. He is constantly looking for the big run and doesn’t hit the holes. He gets tackled behind the line of scrimmage more than in front of it, needs to run north/south not east/west. I wish Fisher and crew would of made room for LeGarrette Blount last season- big mistake.

  26. rudegger says: Sep 26, 2011 2:37 PM

    Having watched McFadden so far this year, and having watched some of Chris Johnson’s “runs” one word comes to mind-contact.
    Yardage is measured north to south and not east to west.
    Get into the fray C.J. and see if you can earn your money.

    McFadden has 393 yards in three games, and doesn’t spend any time at all talking about how good he is.

  27. EVERYONE knows he is overpaid. As the negotiations were going on, everyone saw that Johnson was raking them over the coals, and they caved and overpaid him…only now, we see by how much. SUCKERS!!!

  28. A little of an aside, but food for thought…

    Giants GM Jerry Reese signed Bradshaw and Jacobs for less than half the guaranteed money CJ is getting…

    …I think that is damn impressive considering both hit their contract years with the team

  29. LionsFan…are you really saying Arian Foster is the same as Chris Johnson?? Foster did NOT whine to the media about how underpaid he is. Foster did NOT hold out. In fact, he did what too few NFL players do…he’s playing out the final year of his contract.

    Foster did NOT tell his fans (“real” fans or “fake” fantasy fans) to STFU. Foster gave a thoughtful & well-spoken opinion about it bothering him that some people only seemed to worry about his fantasy production instead of seeing him as an actual person who was/is injured.

    Check your facts before slamming someone.

  30. everyone making excuses, new O coordinator, long layoff, whatever. I didn’t like him that much but still took him #4 overall in fantasy, why? Because based on last years defensive team stats he plays THE EASIEST RUN SCHEDULE OF ANY TEAM.

    CJ 21 yards rushing vs Broncos

    DMC 150 yards rushing AT Broncos

  31. “Brady has 5 INT’s this season. Compared to ALL of last season he’s already thrown 25% more INT’s…in just 3 games!”

    Right… because comparing ints to yards is the same? How botu fumbles to ints maybe?

    Brady is on pace for over 7000 yards this season, CJ less then 500 yards

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