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Munchak: “No question” Chris Johnson will be back

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We’ve spent a lot of time discussing the particulars of Chris Johnson’s contract on this website.

With only 1,047 rushing yards this season and a monster option bonus due in 2012, it was fair to wonder if the Titans would cut ties with Johnson this offseason. Titans coach Mike Munchak says that’s not a consideration.

Munchak said there is “no question” about whether Johnson will be on the team next year, so the media doesn’t need to ask about it any longer.

While Munchak doesn’t have personnel control, we assume he’s saying this with his front office’s blessing and the Titans are fully committed to Johnson.

The Titans just need Johnson to be fully commited to them. He never was the CJ2K we’ve grown used to in 2011. As late as Week 16 and Week 17, he was struggling to make defenders miss in the open field. Even when Johnson broke a big play, he didn’t take it the distance like he used to.

It’s certainly possible Johnson will improve his play dramatically.  If not, the Titans will be throwing good money after bad.

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24 Responses to “Munchak: “No question” Chris Johnson will be back”
  1. lilrob10201 says: Jan 2, 2012 7:40 PM

    He should be back but you should restructure his contract because he does not deserve that money the way he played this season.If he repeats that performance next season then he will most likely get cut or traded.

  2. pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 2, 2012 7:42 PM

    There aren’t many running backs who can rush for over 1,000 yards and still be considered a disappointment.

  3. bangitfootball says: Jan 2, 2012 7:42 PM

    Obviously they are in denial in regards to that ridculous contract they have him. Huge mistake. Cut him and cut their losses.

  4. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 2, 2012 7:46 PM

    It’s pretty clear he lost his drive after he got paid. I can’t think of another reason for this slump. Same thing happened to Haynesworth. It’s a shame. He could have been great.

  5. brenenostler says: Jan 2, 2012 7:56 PM

    Matt Hasselback said Johnson reminds him of Shaun Alexander. I think Johnson’s elite days are behind him. He held out because he couldn’t accept that the Titans only thought he was worth what he showed this season. Cut him!

  6. ProDolphinsTalk says: Jan 2, 2012 8:28 PM

    I hope the majority of NFL fans aren’t as fickle as the ones who post here. He’s been in the league since 2008 and has had 1 down year (still rushed for 1000 yards). People forget he has a new coach/new QB/new system and the league was locked out. He also held out and had a hamstring injury. He’s earned his paycheck as much as anyone and deserves to prove it once again in 2012.

  7. Nikhil Balakumar says: Jan 2, 2012 8:32 PM

    CJ is only one piece of an underachieving titans squad. if anyone actually watched titans game, u could tell the oline wasnt getting the push they used to

  8. doublebro says: Jan 2, 2012 8:32 PM

    As a Texan fan I hope they do bring him back….he’s awesome!

  9. larrydavid815 says: Jan 2, 2012 8:48 PM

    Barry Sanders never had the excuses that this guy has and has a mega contract. I would be pissed if I were a Titans fan. Paying good money for tickets only to watch him put little effort on the field.

  10. larrydavid815 says: Jan 2, 2012 8:51 PM

    And for the guy that said 1000 yards is an achievement, he played 16 games didnt he? He averaged 60 yards a game. You can get that with a backup. Not the 2nd highest paid RB in the league.

  11. jayquintana says: Jan 2, 2012 9:11 PM

    Translation: if someone will take this contract off our hands, we’ll trade his behind in seconds.

  12. joerevs300 says: Jan 2, 2012 9:21 PM

    Lead pipe lock for the 2012 Fantasy Season: Chris Johnson will not be the #1 overall fantasy pick.

    And for the guy who said “why is 1000 yards a disappointment”, he did about 400 of that in 4 games against horrible teams. He gained about 600 in the other 12. THAT is why he’s a disappointment. He got paid and, like so many other high profile athletes, gave a miserly effort. Look, TEN wasn’t a world beating team but that O-Line is not a bad group. His effort hitting the hole was the problem.

  13. KIR says: Jan 2, 2012 9:22 PM

    Using the logic of people on here. If he’s overpaid this year, then he was underpaid the previous 3 years. The Titans owe Chris some money. lol

  14. sterilizecromartie says: Jan 2, 2012 9:28 PM

    ProDolphinsTalk says:Jan 2, 2012 8:28 PM

    I hope the majority of NFL fans aren’t as fickle as the ones who post here. He’s been in the league since 2008 and has had 1 down year (still rushed for 1000 yards). People forget he has a new coach/new QB/new system and the league was locked out. He also held out and had a hamstring injury. He’s earned his paycheck as much as anyone and deserves to prove it once again in 2012.
    ———
    How does playing for a new QB or for a new coach an excuse for a RB having a down year. Adrian Peterson had a new coach and like three new QBs this year. He performed as usual. MJD played with a new QB. He performed as usual. Frank Gore played for a new coach. He performed as usual. Reggie Bush went to an entirely new team and had his best year ever. So did Willis McGahee. I could go on but I don’t have all night.

  15. cup1981 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:31 PM

    Hey Chris, pull up a chair. The big screen is on and I am reminiscing about my 1,000-yard seasons as a one-trick pony too.

    Signed,

    Willie Parker

  16. cornersportsnet says: Jan 2, 2012 10:53 PM

    Damn can he get another year then if hes average cut him ,new coach bad hamstring he had,off year still played hard. And had moment of greatness

  17. handsomerob86 says: Jan 2, 2012 11:15 PM

    AS a jaguars fan, I can only hope they keep him.

    Dumbest move the Tacks made. It should be obvious that he wasn’t the same back. Speed back always fizz out quickly. Johnson is quickly becoming ‘used to fast’ Willie Parker.

  18. cannonballdookie says: Jan 2, 2012 11:22 PM

    pooflingingmonkey says: Jan 2, 2012 7:42 PM

    There aren’t many running backs who can rush for over 1,000 yards and still be considered a disappointment.
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    Honestly you can sleepwalk your way to 1000 yards, I don’t think it’s a huge accomplishment anymore. I’m a Steelers fan and Mendenhall has been horrible this season, yet he could have gotten 1000 yards had he stayed healthy week 17. Also, Chris Johnson was not good at all this year, he only showed up for about 1/4 of the games.

    Just have to play your games and you’ll probably get it, though that is one of the tougher tasks for backs considering all the injuries they go through.

  19. waltdawg says: Jan 2, 2012 11:26 PM

    Dan Snyder thinks you are an idiot to bring him back…..Would you happen to have his cell phone number for Mr. Snyder?

  20. djaehne says: Jan 2, 2012 11:56 PM

    pooflingingmonkey says:Jan 2, 2012 7:42 PM

    There aren’t many running backs who can rush for over 1,000 yards and still be considered a disappointment.

    but what a treat to have on in him in Tenn.

  21. larrydavid815 says: Jan 3, 2012 1:37 AM

    Absolute Fraud! If you want a 1000 yard back there are many out there. When you are paid that much there is no excuse. You are paid an elite salary, play like an elite player/ no matter what the circumstances.

  22. larrydavid815 says: Jan 3, 2012 1:53 AM

    Here are the players ahead of him in terms of yardage.
    Beanie Wells,Shonn Green, Cedric Benson, Reggie Bush, Ryan Mathews, Willis McGahee, Steven Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, Gore, Foster, MCoy, Turner, Rice, Jones Drew, and honorable mention because of injuries, Peterson and Forte.

    Justify why again he is paid 50 million? If he is worth 50 million at this point, what are the RBs above worth?

    You get paid for what your are going to bring to the team in the future, not what you have done in the past. NPV in finance terms looks like he is worth the average or below

    I will say it again. He is a fraud, dosent care, and dosent put out the effort. He runs into tackles and has no way out of them. The speed is gone. Waste of money, and should be cut no matter how large the loss is.

    They need to realize a loss and just move on.

  23. wkinsomnia says: Jan 3, 2012 7:54 AM

    Send him to Chicago!

  24. steveintennessee says: Jan 3, 2012 12:49 PM

    talk about over paid…he made almost $50,000 per carry….what a joke on the Titans that is for caving into such a stupid contract. The hunting dog got fed and did not hunt. Send his butt out and let some other team be the sap.

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