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Chris Johnson: Titans are not a good team, not even close

Erin Henderson, Chris Johnson AP

The Titans are 1-4, with one win coming by a field goal in overtime, and four losses coming by 21, 28, 24 and 23 points. So it’s not exactly breaking news that they’re not a good team.

But it is news when their highest-paid player, running back Chris Johnson, says publicly that not only does he know the team isn’t good, but he sees no reason to think the team is close to turning things around.

“I don’t believe we’re close right now. You look at the games and how we’re playing, we don’t look like a good team. I wouldn’t sit here and say we’re close,” Johnson said.

Johnson says the Titans need someone to step up and change things.

“We need somebody in this locker room to make plays and give us a spark,” Johnson said. “I feel like I’ve made some plays, but the situation of a spark has got to come from somewhere and getting a spark that can be big for this team.”

The reason the Titans gave into Johnson’s contract demands last year was that they thought he’d be that guy to provide a spark. But Johnson has been held under 25 yards in four of the Titans’ five games, is averaging just 2.9 yards a carry, hasn’t scored a touchdown all season and lost a fumble in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings. Johnson is not a good running back. Not even close.

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80 Responses to “Chris Johnson: Titans are not a good team, not even close”
  1. mrplow3 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:51 AM

    Chris Johnson is not a good running back, not even close.

  2. knackstermyea says: Oct 9, 2012 9:52 AM

    Thanks Cap’n Obvious!

  3. rascalmanny says: Oct 9, 2012 9:53 AM

    CJ’s a freaking VET!

    Yo brotha, step up yo-self and be da leader!

  4. bick54 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:54 AM

    Pot…meet kettle.

  5. satanicxhellxcreature says: Oct 9, 2012 9:54 AM

    I’m surprised Johnson didn’t finish up with “But I’m rich bitch, that’s all that matters!”.

  6. tsizzlehotpiss says: Oct 9, 2012 9:55 AM

    This is the first thing CJ0K has said in two years that is actually accurate. The Titans are terrible.

  7. bennyb82 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:55 AM

    What does this say about Detroit?

  8. jtfawver says: Oct 9, 2012 9:56 AM

    Good positive thinking Chris!!

    Jamaal Charles> Chris Johnson

    Never thought I’d say that 2 years ago.

  9. lucky5936 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:57 AM

    “I feel like I’ve made some plays, but the situation of a spark has got to come from somewhere and getting a spark that can be big for this team.”

    ————————————————–
    Interesting that he feels he has made plays. It is a borderline delusional way of thinking. I don’t know if he is referring to playing Madden or if he just doesn’t realize it is not 2009 anymore.

  10. sd1024 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:59 AM

    Dont worry Chris..you’ll be a back-up in Washington next year

  11. larryboodry says: Oct 9, 2012 10:01 AM

    Bad running back…Check. Bad teammate…Double check!

  12. fuglyflorio says: Oct 9, 2012 10:09 AM

    This is why teams don’t invest large dollars in RBs.

  13. squinn21 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:10 AM

    Chris, you’re the highest paid player on the team. Why don’t YOU step up and be that spark. Your underachieving behind is the reason the Titans “aren’t a good team” in the first place.

  14. squrlmoos1 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:11 AM

    Hey Chris Johnson…. YOU ARE TERRIBLE!!! Shut our mouth and try to help your team you moron!

  15. larryboodry says: Oct 9, 2012 10:13 AM

    And he has made some plays…They just weren’t good plays.

  16. 7swag7 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:16 AM

    This guy apparently has no pride, except for maybe some foolish pride.

  17. howiefeltersnatch says: Oct 9, 2012 10:16 AM

    The situation of a spark

  18. jr4real says: Oct 9, 2012 10:17 AM

    hope they don’t figure any solutions out until Friday.

  19. truthassassin says: Oct 9, 2012 10:17 AM

    What a POS… just cut this guy and eat the money, jeeezuz…

  20. jagsfan1 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:19 AM

    When is Tenn. playing the Jags?

    Don’t worry Chris –
    I can assure you that you guys will look like a good team in that game.

    Regards,

    GeneSmithMustBeFired

  21. jbl429 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:19 AM

    One way to start becoming a good team is to get the running game going. Maybe try shutting up and moving the chains, CJ0.5k

  22. southpaw2k says: Oct 9, 2012 10:20 AM

    Oh come on, all the Titans need is a decent running back, one or two receivers, a tight end, a defensive line, and a cornerback or two. That’s it. Then you’ll be good.

  23. citizenstrange says: Oct 9, 2012 10:22 AM

    The Titans are 5 point home dogs against the Steelers on Thursday night.

    A 13-9 Steeler win doesn’t cover that. Take the Titans.

  24. jcf78 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:23 AM

    Don’t be harsh on Chris! He’s been blinded by GREED!!!!! Even tebow averages a greater avg per run than CJ2-rich to care!

  25. jpb12 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:24 AM

    Titans should cut this dud.
    Yesterday’s man.

  26. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 9, 2012 10:25 AM

    “We need somebody in this locker room to make plays and give us a spark,” Johnson said.

    ======================

    Like who? VY? Kerry Collins?

    Yeah, you blew that already.

  27. VikesPrincess (Lisa) says: Oct 9, 2012 10:26 AM

    Remember when Chris Johnson thought he was better than Adrian Peterson.

    Hilarity ensues.

  28. bigmike7914 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:26 AM

    Everyone fails to realize how good Vince young actually was with the titans, though he was a head case he made the offense of the titans a big play waiting to happen, they were less predictable, and the flaws of the o-line where masked because Vince was so mobile. The bottom line is Chris Johnson broke out because the offense was catered to the talent around it and having a dual threat qb puts defenses at a standstill when trying to read what’s going on, truthfully when the Titans got rid of Vince Young they got rid of winning for a long time, like him or not Vince was a consistant winner…

  29. tigershark49 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:28 AM

    CJ1K

  30. baloneyjohn says: Oct 9, 2012 10:29 AM

    You aren’t so hot either. Get the big pay check, foolishly it appears, and then BINGO. Put up Pop Warner numbers and then rip your team mates

  31. wtfru2 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:30 AM

    Now tell Adrian Peterson who the best back in the NFL is……..

  32. fatcamper says: Oct 9, 2012 10:31 AM

    I doubt this story is true. I can’t imagine anybody being able to understand that many words from Johnson.

  33. tdsbepoppin says: Oct 9, 2012 10:37 AM

    AP was on a terrible team the last two years and you didn’t hear a word from him AND he still put up numbers. Amazing that at one point we were arguing about who was better.

  34. tmac4454 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:38 AM

    Speechless, I must say when you get paid everything else goes out the window..Guess that is a business decision.

  35. rascalmanny says: Oct 9, 2012 10:40 AM

    I’m just waiting for the Titans locker room to explode.

    Just like VY, when CJ is gone next year we will hear and read stories on how CJ was as a “teammate”.

  36. colt13 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:41 AM

    Titans need to figure out how to pawn him off to the Jets or Cardinals since Williams is out for the year.

  37. jimfix says: Oct 9, 2012 10:50 AM

    “like him or not Vince was a consistant winner…”

    really? because he was in tennessee for five years and they only had a winning record twice. and one of those years he didn’t start a game.

  38. brianfromcanada says: Oct 9, 2012 10:52 AM

    Even with that contract, I’m glad to know that he will be begging for change in ten years. This guy is a dumbass.

  39. holeinone09 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:54 AM

    With the no. 3 defense in total yards and no. 8 in scoring, the Steelers defense should be able to hold the Titans from putting a lot of points on the board, the way the Titans have been playing. Big Ben, the 6th rated passer in the league with 8 TDs (and should have had 2 more against the Eagles but his WRs made mistakes) and only 1 INT, and a 100.6 rating, along with a rejuventated running game, should not have trouble putting points on the board against the Titans.

    Take the Steelers and give the points, easy money. I expect the Steelers to score over 30 this week.

  40. whatjusthapped says: Oct 9, 2012 10:57 AM

    Anytime you lose by double digits to the Vikings, it pretty much confirms you suck big time.

    If it weren’t for the Lions, the Titans would be this year’s biggest bust.

  41. knucklebucket says: Oct 9, 2012 10:58 AM

    When he was crying for more money before his contract extension I remember reading countless posts of “pay the man” and “he’s earned it” etc….
    Apparently the Titans are paying for past performance. He done.

  42. randyschwimmer7 says: Oct 9, 2012 11:00 AM

    When will Johnson finally admit that he is not good anymore? The cops should be called on Johnson for robbing the Titans, their coaches, and all of the fans. The guy needs to be benched and CUT. He is Lendale White PART DEUX

  43. 2ndaryinsanity says: Oct 9, 2012 11:09 AM

    Wow. Just, wow. I don’t even know where to start…but will give it a try. Johnson should be arrested for theft, because he’s stealing money from the Titans every time he cashes a game check. Runningbacks throughout the league can thank CJ for ruining any leverage they might have had (somebody should ask MJ Drew what he thinks about Johnson). Johnson is a horrible teammate…blaming his poor play on everyone but himself. If he’s such an elite runningback…..better than Adrian Peterson, why isn’t Johnson providing the “spark” his team so badly needs? I’m guessing its because: a) he takes no pride in his job. b) he’s completely selfish c) he’s a dic# head d) all of the above. Think I’m gonna go with d) all of the above
    My question is this: which AFC South team is going to finish last…Colts, Titans, or Jaguars?

  44. squared80 says: Oct 9, 2012 11:09 AM

    Chris Johnson is not an elite running back. Not even close.

  45. lifelongbrownsfan says: Oct 9, 2012 11:10 AM

    This guy is a turd. You want to improve your locker room, Coach Munchak? Cut this loser tomorrow and swallow the guaranteed money.

  46. 49erstim says: Oct 9, 2012 11:20 AM

    CJ2YPC strikes again….you are supposed to be the spark dummy. No leader says “somebody has to step up”. YOU just step up. When he has a good game it becomes “I’m great” and when he gets under 30 yards it becomes “bad blocking”. Get over yourself Chris! He is only saying this because he wants out. No team will be foolish enough to offer what you are currently making. sheesh!

  47. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 9, 2012 11:27 AM

    I saw this the other day and it fits so perfect.

    Chris Johnson should be arrested for robbery and attempted murder.

    He stole Tennessee’s money and then threw them under the bus.

  48. dolfan66r says: Oct 9, 2012 11:30 AM

    So the highest paid player who coincidentally is at a skill position is not required to provide a spark? I thought the Titans were stupid to pay him the money anyway.

  49. mikesmajormojo says: Oct 9, 2012 11:42 AM

    I’m embarrassed that he’s even on my fantasy team. The entire Titans organization must be equally embarrassed having to hear to their new team spokesman throw everyone but himself under the bus. Show some class Johnson.

  50. pxeeks says: Oct 9, 2012 11:44 AM

    Chris Johnson is a horribbbbble player role model leader etc. joke

  51. bangitfootball says: Oct 9, 2012 12:06 PM

    I blame the Titans management for giving this guy with no character that huge contract. Just about everyone knew but the Titans that CJ1/2K would be worthless after he got his cash. Shame on them. They deserve it. Its like the old joke about the guy asking the snake if he planned on biting him and the snake says no. The guy pets the snake and the snake bites him. The guy says you promised you wouldnt bite me and the snake answers “what did you expect Im a snake”.

  52. kennypowersays says: Oct 9, 2012 12:08 PM

    How’s that Jeff Fisher thing working out Titans. Just follow the draft and it is obvious Titan’s have wasted opportunity.

  53. section112 says: Oct 9, 2012 12:18 PM

    Could you imagine Jay Cutler and Chris Johnson on the same team ???? WOW, that would be a WHOLE lot a finger pointing going on with those 2 on the same team.

  54. seahawks4alltime says: Oct 9, 2012 12:18 PM

    “Speechless, I must say when you get paid everything else goes out the window..Guess that is a business decision.”

    Not every running back does the cash and grab. Marshawn Lynch for example, he came to Seattle and earned his paycheck and now that he has it he is working even harder for each yard. When our front line can’t open holes for him, he makes his own. That’s what good running backs do. Chris Johnson doesn’t even compare. If the offensive line is such a big part of the equation then they should be the ones offered big money incentives.

    Titans need to cut CJnoK.

  55. pftcensorssuck says: Oct 9, 2012 12:24 PM

    “We need somebody in this locker room to make plays and give us a spark,” Johnson said”

    Ummm….. that would be YOU, the guy they’re paying mega-bucks to, CJ

    28 yards a game is laughable. Embarrassing, even.

  56. theryanfitzmagics says: Oct 9, 2012 12:27 PM

    Chris Johnson is the WORST starting RB in the NFL… period

  57. snargi01 says: Oct 9, 2012 12:28 PM

    Chris Johnson is a one-trick pony that had one good season and got paid for it. Hopefully, the Titans will use their next first round pick selecting a running back that performs more than talks.

  58. situsavaisprier says: Oct 9, 2012 12:28 PM

    Not taking sides but the title would suggest that he was more blunt than he really was in his quote.

    That being said Chris Johnson just needs to stop saying questionable statements and just work on getting better. The blocking for him may not be a good as it can be, but what about when he is trying to get a touch down run on plays he should stop dilly dallying around?

  59. skinsfanwill says: Oct 9, 2012 12:42 PM

    A RB is only as good as his offensive line. CJ’s O-line is the worst I have ever seen. They can’t do anything until that line is fixed.

  60. truthfactory says: Oct 9, 2012 12:44 PM

    The production of Deangello Williams, Jonanthan Stewart, and Chris Johnson will cost many other RB’s big money when their contracts expire over the next few years

  61. bjbeliever says: Oct 9, 2012 1:10 PM

    what plays have you made Chris?!?! Haynesworth 2.0 right there

  62. realitypolice says: Oct 9, 2012 1:14 PM

    Having a featured running back eating up a huge portion of your cap while averaging about 25 yards a game doesn’t strike him as being at least PART of the problem?

  63. gus1779 says: Oct 9, 2012 1:19 PM

    What’s with all these posts with one thumb down? CJ, get back to practice!

  64. jagsfanugh says: Oct 9, 2012 1:19 PM

    Jaguars say hi.

  65. rexranius says: Oct 9, 2012 1:20 PM

    Adrian is hands-down better with a rebuilt knee, bum ankle and a fat contract. Apparently CJ’s fat contract is weighing him down physically and mentally. Don’t forget that this is also the dude wants to race Bolt… and says he can win.

  66. steelryno says: Oct 9, 2012 1:21 PM

    That’s why he gets paid the big bucks? To tell his team they are no good? Maybe if he was a good TEAM player… But he’s not even close. He’s just another overpaid and overrated athlete that can’t keep his mouth shut. Bench him for a few games and then trade him to the ‘Jects.

  67. steelryno says: Oct 9, 2012 1:28 PM

    Just another reason to start paying these ‘professional’ athletes a lot less money. Teams should start paying for character, as well as talent. There should be ‘character clauses’ in all NFL player contracts and if they can’t keep their mouths shut or act like they have some class, they don’t get paid. It’s a team sport and he is not being a team player.

  68. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 9, 2012 1:38 PM

    I’m still available as GM. Hire me and I’ll get you the players you need to win, or don’t complain. You signed the contract with the GM and players in place, and if you want to improve the situation then talk to the powers that be and encourage them to make a change for the better.

  69. radiobz says: Oct 9, 2012 1:42 PM

    Quick questions for those that know about the Titans, 1. Does Munchak really know how to be a winning head coach.
    2. Does the OL really open up holes for the run ?
    3. Does Roos and Stewart really care about CJ.
    4. Does the OC really have a clue.
    5. Titans have zero leadership to be more than 7-9 this year.

  70. nathanbetz91 says: Oct 9, 2012 1:49 PM

    i like how this article is just trying to add more problems with the titans, like when you read the title of it you think wow a player shouldnt say that about his own team but when you actually read the article the author mixed johnsons words around to make it aound like he was talking bad about his team. typical media

  71. andrewproughcfe says: Oct 9, 2012 2:09 PM

    @jimfix — “like him or not Vince was a consistant winner…”

    really? because he was in tennessee for five years and they only had a winning record twice. and one of those years he didn’t start a game.

    ========================

    Yeah, cause a 30-17 record as a starter TOTALLY sucks…

    Wait – what??

  72. babylinc09 says: Oct 9, 2012 2:17 PM

    A lot if the blame should go to Johnson….at the same time if your getting hit a yard behind the line every time, then a lot of the blame does have to go to the line… also the qb can audible out of the run play when he sees them stacking the line…. overall it’s just a bad offense…. Not just CJ2K!!!!

  73. jeffa43 says: Oct 9, 2012 3:09 PM

    Your 4 worst career rushing games have come against Pit, so I can see you asking for someone else to pick it up.

    Do your job you get paid to do and shut it.

  74. ezwriter69 says: Oct 9, 2012 3:32 PM

    Chris, you’ve told everyone for years that you’re faster than Usain Bolt (despite an only moderately successful track career yourself). Why not just quit football and shoot for the next Olympics?
    Then, you’d be a legend in your own mind in TWO sports… and ultimately a failure at both.

  75. shaggeez says: Oct 9, 2012 3:38 PM

    It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that a 1-4 team like the titans is not all that spectacular. What’s stunning to me given the 4 losses is that they were able to beat the lions at all. They have the worst defense in the league, giving up about 36 points per game. Combine that with a pedestrian offense scoring only 17 and you can’t expect to win many games. A lot has been made about chris johnson’s effectiveness (or lack thereof) on this website, but it’s pretty hard to run when: 1) your offensive line cannot generate any push whatsoever in the run game; 2) your quarterbacks are either too inexperienced or way past their prime; and 3) your OC is pretty lousy. Granted, they had a tough start to the season (patriots, chargers, lions, texans, vikings), but in their losses they haven’t even been close to competitive. Many of those offensive points have come in garbage time when the game was virtually over.

    With the Chris Johnson situation, he probably needs to be traded. I think he could go on to have a successful career on another team and everyone would quickly forget about his ‘ineffectiveness’ on the titans. Right now, though, the coaches are losing the locker room and cj is becoming a more toxic version of himself. At this point, I’m not confident they can beat the jags or colts.

  76. lakermetskins says: Oct 9, 2012 9:10 PM

    Who’s better: Chris Johnson or Shawn Greene? I’ll take Greene, he’s cheaper and keeps his trap shut.

  77. mazblast says: Oct 9, 2012 9:38 PM

    He got the cash and keeps talking trash, only now about his own teammates. Not exactly the way to lead, Christine.

  78. bkojak says: Oct 9, 2012 10:22 PM

    CJ2K1X

  79. doe22us says: Oct 9, 2012 11:25 PM

    Did Bud Adams flick both fingers up to show his displeasure with CJ1.2K?

  80. rushbacker says: Oct 10, 2012 3:54 AM

    CJ2Yards.

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