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Chris Johnson’s new goal: Lead the league in rushing

New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith wraps up Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson during their NFL football game in Nashville Reuters

Before the 2010 season, Titans running back Chris Johnson set a goal of 2,500 rushing yards, which would’ve shattered Eric Dickerson’s single-season NFL record. Johnson fell 1,136 yards short.

Before the 2011 season, Johnson lowered his goal to 2,000 yards rushing, a total he had surpassed in 2009. But Johnson fell 953 yards short.

On Twitter Saturday, Johnson announced that his 2012 goal is to lead the league in rushing.

Save this,” Johnson said of his tweet.

While Johnson’s latest goal is perhaps more realistic than the first two, he might be better off focusing on running hard on a down-to-down basis rather than setting lofty annual expectations that his potential to meet are in large part out of his control. The Titans’ interior run blocking has been anemic for the past two years, and so has Johnson’s per-play production.

Whereas Johnson averaged 5.31 yards per carry during his first two NFL seasons, the average has dropped to 4.17 in the last two, and 3.87 over his past 22 games.

The best news for Johnson is that the Titans do seem intent on upgrading the offensive line this offseason. Johnson should also get in a full training camp after missing last year’s due to a contract holdout.

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14 Responses to “Chris Johnson’s new goal: Lead the league in rushing”
  1. unfkwthabl says: Mar 3, 2012 2:02 PM

    i wish he faced the saints more in the past few years.

  2. pftcensorssuck says: Mar 3, 2012 2:04 PM

    Memo to Chris Johnson:

    If your legs ran as good as your mouth, you’d be all set there, Chuckie.

    Shut up and play ……. if you still CAN.

  3. vikingsnorth says: Mar 3, 2012 2:05 PM

    Sounds like by the time 2013 rolls around, his goal will be to find a team that wants him.

  4. jonka says: Mar 3, 2012 2:11 PM

    Maybe he should try to get in the top 50 first?

  5. KIR says: Mar 3, 2012 2:18 PM

    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 players in NFL history
    2010 1364 yards
    3 PRO BOWLS

    Chris Johnson is Proven talent and has earned every penny he’s been paid. One bad season and now he’s a bum? He will be back to pro bowl form next season.

  6. vontazemebro says: Mar 3, 2012 2:35 PM

    Be nice if he said “Win the Super Bowl”

  7. xelcid says: Mar 3, 2012 2:39 PM

    He didn’t look the same last year, but he did have a pair of 150+ games showing he still has the skill.

    If I were him, my goal would be to regain consistency. He doesn’t have to necessarily lead the league in rushing to be a success. But a 1300+ season with a 4.5 average would probably improve the team’s win record, as well as putting to bed the idea that he has lost “it”

  8. warhammer420 says: Mar 3, 2012 2:44 PM

    Sorry CJ, LeSean McCoy is a more exciting/explosive than you.

  9. ericn42000 says: Mar 3, 2012 3:05 PM

    Darren Sproles new goal 10,000 rushing yards!

  10. cliffordc05 says: Mar 3, 2012 3:05 PM

    It seems like Chris Johnson should be playing for the Jets. Big time promises with absolutely no delivery.

  11. txnsvols0489 says: Mar 3, 2012 5:12 PM

    Dude’s goal should be to stop shakin his head all the time

  12. larrydavid815 says: Mar 3, 2012 5:46 PM

    I wish the titans would just cut this guy. He is all about the money and that’s it. Look at his twitter page. Driving a Maybach. Worthless. So overrated. Didnt put any effort into last year.

  13. losangelasbasketball says: Mar 3, 2012 8:53 PM

    My goal for the next season is to draft cj in the 7th round…

  14. Soulman45 says: Mar 4, 2012 12:25 AM

    That won’t happen Best will lead the league in rushing with 1.500 or more.

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