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

Chris Johnson,  Joe Mays,  Wesley Woodyard 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.

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59 Responses to “With 98 yards in three games, Chris Johnson vows to “get this fixed””
  1. rpiotr01 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:31 PM

    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. VikesPrincess (Lisa) says: Sep 26, 2011 2:32 PM

    Didn’t he say last year that he was better than Adrian Peterson? Wonder if he still believes that.

  3. tampajoey says: Sep 26, 2011 2:32 PM

    With Britt out all season CJ will have to change his nickname to CJ2.1

  4. jimbobobjr says: Sep 26, 2011 2:32 PM

    He’s just making up for all those years when he was underpaid.

  5. phillyfan4ever says: Sep 26, 2011 2:33 PM

    He’s not fixing anything, this guy got his pay day, hence hes shutting it down

  6. ravensfan4life52 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:33 PM

    you better. my fantasy team is sucking because of you. GET IT FIXED!

  7. 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!

  8. mangy66 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:37 PM

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. derekjetersmansion says: Sep 26, 2011 2:37 PM

    No training camp.

  11. johnabis says: Sep 26, 2011 2:38 PM

    how about that Rotoworld #1 Fantasy player you guys been bragging about when he signed coming along for you guys?

  12. borisbulldog says: Sep 26, 2011 2:39 PM

    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!

  13. kd75 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:40 PM

    Note to all NFL GMs: RBs are fungible.

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

  14. hardate says: Sep 26, 2011 2:40 PM

    His new 1.2 million dollar grill is weighing him down yo.

  15. Slim Charles says: Sep 26, 2011 2:40 PM

    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.

  16. zoxitic says: Sep 26, 2011 2:41 PM

    Chris Johnson vows to “get this fixed”.

    Chris Johnson vows to “get his checks cashed”

  17. scomibord says: Sep 26, 2011 2:42 PM

    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

  18. lionfan419 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:42 PM

    CJ and Foster got paid, and thats all they wanted. Get paid then shut it down!!!

  19. skane2005 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:42 PM

    How come no one is bashing the Eagles on this message board yet?

  20. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:44 PM

    Chris Johnson lost his O Coordinator, who was one of the best offensive minds in the game.

  21. slammincamnewton says: Sep 26, 2011 2:44 PM

    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.

  22. iknowitallandmore says: Sep 26, 2011 2:44 PM

    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)

  23. antalicus says: Sep 26, 2011 2:46 PM

    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.

  24. pigskinswag says: Sep 26, 2011 2:47 PM

    Opposing defenses are making Chris Johnson STFU. Glad to see it. Not only is he an All-Pro running back, but an All-Pro douche.

  25. rascalmanny says: Sep 26, 2011 2:48 PM

    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.

  26. cannonballdookie says: Sep 26, 2011 2:50 PM

    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.

  27. stockdogdca says: Sep 26, 2011 2:50 PM

    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.

  28. cowboyfan45 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:54 PM

    flash in the pan and you never over pay for a runningback since they’re a dime a dozen

  29. waggs12 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:57 PM

    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.

  30. schmitty2 says: Sep 26, 2011 2:59 PM

    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??

  31. deadeye says: Sep 26, 2011 3:00 PM

    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.

  32. jamaltimore says: Sep 26, 2011 3:02 PM

    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.

  33. insertrandomletters says: Sep 26, 2011 3:08 PM

    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.

  34. capslockkey says: Sep 26, 2011 3:09 PM

    Reminds me of another RB named Johnson who once he got his big payday his production went in the toilet.

  35. icanspeel says: Sep 26, 2011 3:14 PM

    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?

  36. antalicus says: Sep 26, 2011 3:15 PM

    The smartest thing Chris Johnson ever did was hold out. He knew the moment he stepped on the field he would lose his leverage.

  37. dgforreal says: Sep 26, 2011 3:22 PM

    Offensive Line issues?

  38. vaporiizz3r says: Sep 26, 2011 3:24 PM

    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…………

  39. nomoreseasontix says: Sep 26, 2011 3:27 PM

    How ridiculously predictable.

  40. mrbigass says: Sep 26, 2011 3:38 PM

    Gotta go fix dem teef first…..Din Iz go run wid da ball……

  41. mmmpieyummy says: Sep 26, 2011 3:39 PM

    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.

  42. theharshestreality says: Sep 26, 2011 3:50 PM

    Well, Chris, I wonder if your lack of production is caused by all of those “Haters” you were ranting about prior to signing your contract?

  43. NFLJunkie says: Sep 26, 2011 4:03 PM

    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.

  44. mickmars says: Sep 26, 2011 4:05 PM

    >He’s just making up for all those years when he was underpaid.)

  45. nikkodawg says: Sep 26, 2011 4:06 PM

    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

  46. mickmars says: Sep 26, 2011 4:07 PM

    I about choked to death on a swig of beer when i read that above comment.

  47. lacharger2112 says: Sep 26, 2011 4:18 PM

    Shaun Alexander mean anything to you Chris?
    Rome will be calling you Chrissy Everett any week now!

  48. oilers1974 says: Sep 26, 2011 4:22 PM

    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.

  49. raiderapologist says: Sep 26, 2011 4:29 PM

    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.

  50. lawless25 says: Sep 26, 2011 4:53 PM

    CJ, sell your teeth and pay the Titans back you moron.

  51. nesuperfan says: Sep 26, 2011 4:55 PM

    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!!!

  52. ihatethejets23 says: Sep 26, 2011 4:57 PM

    Is anyone surprised? All this clown cares about is money. Titans should have traded him.

  53. Manbearpig says: Sep 26, 2011 5:06 PM

    WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE PEOPLE ON HERE SAYING HE WAS BETTER THAN AP? BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA

  54. ygkr85 says: Sep 26, 2011 5:17 PM

    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

  55. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 26, 2011 5:23 PM

    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.

  56. billsthicknthin says: Sep 26, 2011 5:25 PM

    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

  57. brassknuckles47 says: Sep 26, 2011 5:58 PM

    Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha ! The turd is a litle smaller now, CJ.

  58. cornersss says: Sep 26, 2011 7:17 PM

    Chad henne has 13 carries for 100 yards and 1 rush td in 3 games. HAHAHA TITANS!

  59. cornersss says: Sep 26, 2011 7:32 PM

    “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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