Chris Johnson shrugs off performance in opener

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Titans running back Chris Johnson’s ability to bounce back from a disappointing 2011 season is one of the biggest questions about the Titans season to come and he didn’t do much to provide optimism in the preseason opener.

He ran for eight yards on five carries and dropped a couple of passes against the Seahawks on Saturday, which wasn’t really the opening act that the team or its fans were hoping to see. Johnson acknowledged the need for better concentration on passes thrown in his direction, but he was otherwise unconcerned about the performance.

“It’s a thing you go through, “Johnson said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “But anytime you play against another team (in the presesason), you don’t really game plan against them or anything like that. You’re just going out there basically like another scrimmage.”

Johnson’s right about how the lack of game planning aspect affects things in preseason. Coach Mike Munchak admitted after the game that the Titans didn’t adjust to the Seahawks packing the box against the run until after Johnson was out of the game. That would likely be handled differently in the regular season.

None of which changes the desire to see some sign of the Johnson from the 2009 and 2010 seasons on the field. Game plan or not, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen the explosive side of Johnson and no triumphant comeback is happening until it returns.

11 responses to “Chris Johnson shrugs off performance in opener

  1. This is how it starts. That long hill where RBs reach the top and begin to climb back down until they’ve reached the bottom. I witnessed the same thing with Clinton Portis who was a better all around back than Johnson ever will be brother. The process goes – Get new deal, injury, whine, act like a diva, excuses, blame coaches and teammate, out of the league/retirement. It has begun Titan fans…

  2. Eight yards on five carries sounds about right for this joker. Plus a couple of dropped passes.
    Yes, he sucks.

    Funny with all the running back questions after the top 3 in fantasy football drafts, he is the only one that doesn’t have a question mark about his health. I would rather take a banged up AP or Forte than this clown.

  3. Yeah, I’m still cautiously optimistic that he will bounce back. & by bounce back I’m thinking closer to 1000 yards than 2000 yards. They need to start giving Jamie Harper some touches.

  4. Not to be too much of a homer here, but just maybe that Seattle defense had something to do with his struggles.

    Three drives, two interceptions, one returned for a TD, and no points….I think Seattle’s starting D is ready for the season to start.

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