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Chris Johnson aims for 1,000 yards

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Just two years removed from a 2,000-yard season, Titans running back Chris Johnson is setting his goals significantly lower this year.

With 930 yards through 14 games this season, Johnson says he’s hoping to gain 1,000 yards.

“Any running back who runs for over 1,000 yards, it puts you up there in a group with elite running backs,” Johnson said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “Even though I am not having the best of years, to go over 1,000 yards, that’s something a lot of people thought probably wouldn’t happen this year.”

A 1,000-yard season is a fine achievement for an ordinary NFL starting running back, but the Titans rewarded Johnson with an extraordinary contract this year because they expected him to get a lot more than 1,000 yards a season. And it’s no sure thing that Johnson will even get the 70 more yards he needs to reach 1,000: Johnson has failed to gain 35 yards in six different games this year, so he might struggle to average 35 yards over the last two.

Although Johnson has been better over the second half of the season than he was in the first, this season will go down as a major disappointment, even if he does reach 1,000 yards.

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  1. joetoronto says: Dec 21, 2011 6:55 AM

    Although Johnson has been better over the second half of the season than he was in the first, this season will go down as a major disappointment, even if he does reach 1,000 yards.”

    Especially when you consider what he’s being paid.

  2. KIR says: Dec 21, 2011 7:00 AM

    Chris Johnson is Proven talent and has earned every penny he’s been paid.

    Chris Johnson 6-year $53.5 million 2008 1,228 yards second in AP rookie of the year 2009 2,006 yards one of only six player in NFL history 2010 1364 yards 3 PRO BOWLS

    UnProven Contracts
    Ryan Fitzpatrick, 6-year, $59 million
    Matt Cassel 6-year, $62.7 million
    Kevin Kolb 5-year, $63 million contract

    Who would you rather have on your team? Those Quarterbacks or these running backs? Case Closed

    Proven Underpaid
    All make aprox 600k
    Arian Foster, Matt Forte (injured), Fred Jackson (injured) This is why THEY HOLD OUT!

  3. nomoreseasontix says: Dec 21, 2011 7:03 AM

    1000 yards was a lot when NFL teams played a 14 game season. 62 1/2 yards a game isn’t exactly elite…

  4. mike83ri says: Dec 21, 2011 7:22 AM

    “nomoreseasontix says: Dec 21, 2011 7:03 AM

    1000 yards was a lot when NFL teams played a 14 game season. 62 1/2 yards a game isn’t exactly elite…”

    But 71.5 yards a game was elite back before it was a passing league? Look, we know 1,000 isn’t a huge accomplishment, but your point was off. In a league of two-headed monsters, if you’re elite like we can all agree CJ is, he should be getting over 1,000. That’s all he’s saying.

  5. tennesseeoilers says: Dec 21, 2011 7:27 AM

    Even in the two huge games Chris Johnson had this year, it was painfully obvious his 4.24 burst of speed is a thing of the past. In fact, against the Colts last weekend, Johnson broke off a long gain and was caught from behind for the first time in his career.

  6. bangitfootball says: Dec 21, 2011 7:28 AM

    CJ 1/2 K is a disgrace. I think the gold in his teeth is weighing him down. Lets face it Tennesee made a 55 million mistake and heads will probably roll over wasting all that money. They are not winning because of Johnson thats for sure. You donot give a one year wonder that kind of money and keep your job. Avering 1 or 2 yards a rush 3 out of 4 games is ridiculous. They should just cut him and cut their losses.

  7. notoriousbri says: Dec 21, 2011 7:29 AM

    CJ went from the most Underpaid RB/Player in the league to one of the most overpaid.. what a difference a year makes..

    I dont blame him though.. he deserved a new contract but to call his season a disappointment is a understatement.. Reminds me a lot of Shawn Alexander after he got his big deal..

    This is why noth players AND owners use leverage.. players want security and owners want to get the most bang for the buck

  8. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 21, 2011 7:35 AM

    Although its nice to think teams pay for future performance – that’s just not the case.

  9. cleverbob says: Dec 21, 2011 7:54 AM

    NFL players typically get paid according to projected future performance, not past accomplishments. Not to say that having a big season in a contract year won’t affect your next deal, because it will help give the impression that you could potentially continue to perform at a high level. But it’s only part of an equation that also includes age, injury history and position played.

    Most RB’s get the screw job unless they were a high draft pick, because by the time their rookie deal is up they’re already most likely on the downswing of their career (knowing that they wear down fast and are more prone to injury the closer they get to 30).

  10. thegonz13 says: Dec 21, 2011 7:56 AM

    It wasn’t too long ago he was shooting for 2,500!

  11. mazenblue says: Dec 21, 2011 8:00 AM

    1000k yards is still more than $1000 per yard gained. I could grind out a couple yards a week at that rate.

  12. bangitfootball says: Dec 21, 2011 8:01 AM

    Browns Tom Heckert did it right with Peyton Hillis and saved the organization millions. Make them prove it for as few years before you open the piggy bank. 1200 yard rushers are a dime a dozen today and CJ1/2K is no Adrien Peterson .

  13. fcmlefty1 says: Dec 21, 2011 8:08 AM

    No running back is worth giving a 2nd contract in todays NFL. They simply can’t live up to it after 5-6-7 years of abuse, and that 2nd contract becomes an anchor to his teams salary cap. You’re better off just drafting one per year (and not in the 1st round), riding them hard for 3 years, and then discarding them. I know it sounds cold as hell, but is damn near reality at this point

  14. damnskins703 says: Dec 21, 2011 8:32 AM

    Whenever players get that big contract they never perform up to their expectations…Most players don’t and this is not just the NFL but other sports as well… One player you can say that gives it his all every game and is the most underrated player I think in NFL history is London Fletcher, the guy is a stone cold beast still after all these years

  15. vegaskid21 says: Dec 21, 2011 8:36 AM

    2500 is a lot more than what Chris thought. He probably meant 1500.

  16. cowboysfaninbuffalove says: Dec 21, 2011 8:39 AM


    Those “unproven” contracts are quarterbacks! Runningbacks and quarterbacks should be paid differently because the shelf life for runningbacks is 3 to 5 years if lucky. Chris johnson was overpaid and no he’s not worth every penny!

  17. quadassio says: Dec 21, 2011 8:54 AM

    Reggie Bush is going to run over 1,000 yards. I’m pretty sure he is not elite.

  18. homelanddefense says: Dec 21, 2011 9:10 AM

    1000 yards is an accomplishment, but its hardly elite. Unless you considered Benjarvis Green-Ellis elite after last season.

  19. rc33 says: Dec 21, 2011 9:27 AM

    So CJ2K has lowered his expectations.
    By half.

    In a related item, Vince Young is now shooting for a 3 on his next Wonderlic attempt.

  20. dawkattack says: Dec 21, 2011 9:29 AM

    @ Bangor. One year wonder wtf? Lol you obviously don’t watch or pay attention to football that much smh

  21. steveintennessee says: Dec 21, 2011 9:36 AM

    I live 9 miles from LP field and am inspite of things going wacko a Titans fan. The former players(Titans) who have a radio show here are quite vocal the $$ should have been spent elswhere they felt that way before he got his money) and are conviced of the old saying, the Skins saw with Haynesworth…which is why the Titans sent him packing. That saying is…”Feed a hunting dog and he wont hunt” Johnson is not hungry and anyone who watches his east west stutter step and feet stop moving when contact is made knows he has been fed and is not hunting. He forgot the direction that get yards is North/South.

  22. KIR says: Dec 21, 2011 9:48 AM

    H’mm let me get this straight. Runningbacks should be run down and grinded to a pup for 3 years and then released because their production is likely to decrease. And, if he holds before the team grinds him down he’s a no good dirty bum, who has no loyalty? Wow! Chris Johnson has one down year after 3 pro bowl years out of 4 years and now he’s a bum and should be cut? Again, wow!

    Chris Johnson Proven talent worth every penny!
    6-year $53.5 million 2008
    1,228 yards second in AP rookie of the year
    2009 2,006 yards one of only six player in NFL history
    2010 1364 yards
    3 P RO BOWLS

    This often repeated fallacy that teams can reach the playoffs with an average or below runningback is simply not true.
    AFC-New England, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Houston, Denver, Jets, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Oakland, San Diego
    NFC- Green Bay, San Francisco, New Orleans, Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle.
    Of this list only New England, Green Bay and Detroit have average runningbacks.

  23. bigjdve says: Dec 21, 2011 10:12 AM

    Wow – his goals have changed. He isn’t worth all the money he is getting paid.

    He was when he was rushing for 2k yards. There ought to be contracts with incentives when they produce and reductions when they don’t.

    Wouldn’t that make the NFL a better place.

  24. trevorthej says: Dec 21, 2011 10:30 AM

    CJ1K blew it this year. He screwed over fantasy owners & his real owner.

  25. jpb12 says: Dec 21, 2011 10:32 AM

    “… that’s something a lot of people thought probably wouldn’t happen this year.”

    Are you f*ing kidding? They paid the money because they expect you to run for 1,500 to 2,000 yards. They didn’t know what they had at QB to start the year. They hire an O-Line coach as H/C. Clearly they expected you to run the ball.

    This guy has to be one of the dumbest players in the NFL.

  26. svcfilmguy says: Dec 21, 2011 10:44 AM

    This year, 19 RBs are on pace for 1,000 yards. Last year, 17 reached that mark. 15 in 2009. 16 in 2008. There is nothing remarkable about it. What are the odds that CJ will shut his mouth this offseason and simply try to perform to the best of his abilities?

    KIR, the “fallacy” is indeed true. Look at the Super Bowl winning teams in recent years. Starters include Pierre Thomas, James Starks, Dominic Rhodes, Antowain Smith. Not only can you make the playoffs with a mediocre back, you can win the Super Bowl.

  27. KIR says: Dec 21, 2011 11:21 AM


    I said MAKE the playoffs. Brees, Brady, Peyton & Rodgers are franchise Qb’s that’s only 4 out of 32 teams. Good luck in getting one of them.

    If you don’t have a franchise Qb, you’re going to need a good to great back. The teams contending this year for playoff berths proves this point.

  28. achamarro1 says: Dec 21, 2011 11:24 AM

    He had no preseason and he held out….he chopped his expectations down cuz he played less games and wasn’t in “game shape” next year he should be back to 1800+2000 yards.

  29. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 21, 2011 11:41 AM


    3800 yards? Wow.

  30. irishnativeson says: Dec 21, 2011 12:47 PM

    nomoreseasontix says: Dec 21, 2011 7:03 AM

    “1000 yards was a lot when NFL teams played a 14 game season. 62 1/2 yards a game isn’t exactly elite…”

    And 71.4 is?

  31. Fantasy Football Legend says: Dec 21, 2011 2:18 PM

    Man I hope you can hit over 1000 this week, I need you bad in my fantasy league.

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