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Chris Palmer: 25 touches a game for Chris Johnson “pushing it”

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Chris Johnson may want more work than the Titans can give him.

Johnson told David Climer of the Tennessean that if he touches the ball 10 or 15 times a game, “that’s really not going to do anything for us.” Johnson wants to touch the ball closer to 25 times a game, a number that offensive coordinator Chris Palmer believes is pushing it. He’s not opposed to feeding Johnson, he just doesn’t think that the offense’s success can be that closely tied to one player’s contributions.

“We can’t allow people to come up and jam the box and make it difficult to run,” Palmer said. “In an ideal situation, you’d like to be 45 percent pass, 55 percent run. But depending on whom we’re playing, it may switch to 60 percent pass, 40 percent run. Or it can be a higher percentage of passing depending on the score.”

Johnson averaged 19.9 touches per game in 2011, leaving him with 319 for the season. That’s 89 fewer than he got in the 2009 season and 41 fewer than in 2010. Those numbers aren’t so drastically different as to explain why Johnson was less effective in 2011 than he was in either of those years and it lays bare the difficulty in projecting exactly how the Titans offense will look this season.

If the offensive line blocks more effectively than they did in 2011, the Titans will have more success on the ground. If they pass more effectively, they will likely have more success on the ground. Doing each of those things without seeing more burst and explosiveness from Johnson won’t create much of a difference. If Johnson’s game is back in form, though, the Titans will likely give him every opportunity to make life difficult on defenses.

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16 Responses to “Chris Palmer: 25 touches a game for Chris Johnson “pushing it””
  1. sportsmeccabi says: Jun 11, 2012 10:49 AM

    Only needs one to go the distance!

  2. schmitty2 says: Jun 11, 2012 10:49 AM

    15-18 carries and 3-4 catches would be good

  3. rufustfireflyjr says: Jun 11, 2012 11:03 AM

    I agree with Palmer. Moreover, if they try to give this guy 25 touches a game, he’ll out injured by week 12 at the latest.

  4. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 11, 2012 11:11 AM

    He should average around 1.3 Yards Per Carry so I can under stand why he wants the ball 25-30 times a game

  5. txtuff says: Jun 11, 2012 11:22 AM

    If you have the best RB or even one of the top 3 or so you never come out and say “depending on whom we’re playing, it may switch to 60 percent pass, 40 percent run”. This just shows that not even his own team thinks he is the top RB in the NFL. Only Chris Johnson thinks that.

  6. johnnyjagfan says: Jun 11, 2012 11:24 AM

    I just have this awful feeling that CJ is going to bounce back this year and run all over everybody. Especially if they go with Locker.

  7. footballfan84 says: Jun 11, 2012 11:26 AM

    Feed that lawn. FEED IT!

  8. ndamus4 says: Jun 11, 2012 11:28 AM

    He is still the biggest offensive threat on that team. Feed him the pill 20-25 times a game.

  9. 2toneblueblood says: Jun 11, 2012 11:56 AM

    Having a healthy Britt, along with Kendall Wright, Nate Washington, and Jared Cook will open up the running game. The Titans are going to throw the ball a lot more this year and opposing teams will have to take men out of the box that they would normally put there to prevent CJ from breaking the big one.

  10. rubicon202 says: Jun 11, 2012 12:22 PM

    All that money you paid him? Wow…10 to 15 times? Good luck with that!

  11. dgforreal says: Jun 11, 2012 12:39 PM

    If he returns to form then 10-15 touches will be more than enough especially if 2 of those touches are going 70-80 yards each.

  12. tennesseeoilers says: Jun 11, 2012 12:44 PM

    I’ve never seen a running back’s world-class speed completely disappear as quickly as Johnson’s did without injury/surgery causing it. Nor have I seen a running back regain such speed once it’s been lost. Game after game last year, I saw him unable to turn corners he used to effortlessly breeze around … and then getting caught from behind like he did? Depressingly stunning.

  13. rickastleydancemoves says: Jun 11, 2012 12:57 PM

    If your featured back is 190 lbs, why the hell don’t you employ a legitimate 2 back rotation? Or use him as a slot receiver more.

  14. dexterismyhero says: Jun 11, 2012 1:00 PM


    Hell, just give him the ball like you did in the last game at the end of the 2K season. See how he feels after game # 8.

  15. hedleykow says: Jun 11, 2012 1:00 PM

    How do you get

    “that’s really not going to do anything for us”

    out of

    “dareanawgoodoononysomethafaris” ???

    At least no one can accuse David Climer of taking Chris’s words out of context.

  16. granadafan says: Jun 11, 2012 1:12 PM

    Translation: It’s all about me.

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