Chris Johnson is paid more than any running back in football except Adrian Peterson.
You’d think that would guarantee Johnson feature back status on his own team, but you’d also think Johnson would be averaging more than 2.8 yards-per-carry, which is dead last among eligible runners this year.
Javon Ringer was on the field more than Johnson Sunday against the Colts. Ringer was out there when the game was on the line. He was more effective than Johnson in every respect. So is Johnson still The Man?
Coach Mike Munchak wouldn’t make any promises. He said “every game will be different” and the usage between Ringer and Johnson “depends on the flow of the game.”
Ringer was careful to say he knows he’s role.
“CJ is our guy and I’m the backup. That’s just the way it is. There’s no controversy. There’s nothing between us. I know my role,” Ringer said via the Tennessean.
Johnson admitted it was tough to watch key moments from the sideline; he had one carry in the fourth quarter. If Johnson couldn’t get going against the Colts, we wonder when it will happen. The Titans are 4-3 and need to win games. That probably means a committee approach is here to stay.
Johnson got his money; Ringer may get Johnson’s playing time.