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Chris Johnson credits the offensive line after 91-yard game

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When Titans running back Chris Johnson got off to a brutal start this season, he said he’s only as good as Tennessee’s offensive line. So it’s only fair that after a good game Thursday night against the Steelers, Johnson praised the line.

Johnson, who had 19 carries for 91 yards and added four catches for 23 yards, said after the game that the line deserves credit.

They did a tremendous job, getting on those guys up front and pushing them back and giving me some room to run,” Johnson said. “If I’m not doing what I have to do and they’re doing what they have to, it’s not going to work. And if I’m doing what I need to do and they’re not, it’s going to work either. So we need each other.”

Johnson’s totals through six games this season — 92 carries for 301 yards, a 3.3-yard average and no touchdowns — are nowhere near good enough for one of the highest-paid running backs in the game. But the win over the Steelers represents progress, both for Johnson and the for the guys who block for him.

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34 Responses to “Chris Johnson credits the offensive line after 91-yard game”
  1. kingbeason52 says: Oct 12, 2012 6:55 AM

    “yo dawg i bet i can beet you n a race my foots b strong”
    -Chris Johnson

  2. pftcensorssuck says: Oct 12, 2012 7:05 AM

    Wow …. I’m stunned that this dope didn’t turn around and claim all the credit for himself.

    I can only imagine that one of these behemoths let him know what they thought of his earlier comments.

  3. txxxchief says: Oct 12, 2012 7:30 AM

    It’s that fat, heavy wallet slowing him down.

  4. kingpel says: Oct 12, 2012 7:45 AM

    Humble pie. There may still be some hope for you yet, young man.

  5. tooz72 says: Oct 12, 2012 7:45 AM

    he got his money, he’ll never top 1100 yards

  6. borophyll says: Oct 12, 2012 7:59 AM

    Actually, the credit goes to the Steeler D for being old and slow.

  7. nopuntintended says: Oct 12, 2012 8:13 AM

    Titans are partially their own worst enemy when it comes to CJ, as last night when he had the occasional mediocre carry they quickly moved onto pass first instead of trying to make it work a bit with him.

    Clearly CJ is dejected a bit. Goal line TD might help, from the one? Instead he gets one shot, that he worked well for, and then Harper. They should have pounded it 4 times with CJ if need be, for no reason other than to get his confidence up. He ran well last night though.

  8. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Oct 12, 2012 8:14 AM

    Is there anything that looks as dumb as a person with all gold teeth?

  9. ihatethejets23 says: Oct 12, 2012 8:19 AM

    So far all the money he held out for, its come to the point where he’s excited about a 91 yard game where his long run was 13 yards? How the delusional have fallen!

  10. howiefeltersnatch says: Oct 12, 2012 8:29 AM

    The situation of a spark

  11. rjg427 says: Oct 12, 2012 8:30 AM

    He really needs to go back and watch the tape of this game..its so obvious what hes doing wrong..on the runs he did well it was either 1 cut or not cuts…when he gets stopped behind the line hes dancing all around…

    Its such an obvious fix

  12. ravenator says: Oct 12, 2012 8:36 AM

    Of course he does it against the elite steelers D, hah enjoy the loss Steeler fans

  13. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 12, 2012 9:05 AM

    Cue Titans fans reading headline and then picking ourselves up off the floor.

  14. wikipediasaidso says: Oct 12, 2012 9:16 AM

    For all the grief Johnson gets, he’s always been good about crediting his offensive line when he’s doing well personally.

    The stats? It’s still about Chris Palmer, to me. Even on a night when they are running the ball pretty effectively and the game was always close, they still dropped back to pass (including a Hasselbeck scramble) 45 out of 69 plays.

    Palmer may be a QB’s best friend, but he’s not going to make many RBs look good with the way he calls games.

  15. titansbro says: Oct 12, 2012 9:19 AM

    nopuntintended says:
    Oct 12, 2012 8:13 AM
    Titans are partially their own worst enemy when it comes to CJ, as last night when he had the occasional mediocre carry they quickly moved onto pass first instead of trying to make it work a bit with him.

    Clearly CJ is dejected a bit. Goal line TD might help, from the one? Instead he gets one shot, that he worked well for, and then Harper. They should have pounded it 4 times with CJ if need be, for no reason other than to get his confidence up. He ran well last night though.

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    I sort’ve agree they maybe should’ve given CJ another shot to get the td & go to Harper on 3rd down if need be. But CJ did not get them to the 1. It was a blocked punt. But Harper is a big, physical runner & I can’t fault them for going to him early to punch it in. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind if they gave the kid a few more carries throughout the game, I think he’s pretty good.

  16. fuglyflorio says: Oct 12, 2012 9:21 AM

    It’s a little too late to say the right thing now.

  17. tmac4454 says: Oct 12, 2012 9:25 AM

    Good game 10 a c. The OL did their job to a team that was favorite to win. 91 yards would have brought up my confidence also. CJ2K needs to stop talking to the media. I can’t believe someone from Orlando, Fl speaks the way he does.
    10 a c, send this young man to some speech classes. With all that money, I would go myself if I was him.
    Just asking, Is the gold teeth played out yet?

  18. schmitty2 says: Oct 12, 2012 9:30 AM

    CJ was at his best when he hit the hole with little or no cutting. He needs to knock off the dancing and realize he is not Barry Sanders. With that being said I would love to see Chris Palmer call more pass plays for him especially screens

  19. lamontdiamond says: Oct 12, 2012 9:36 AM

    Johnson should be cut for last nights performance. THE WORST fake blocking, zero effort, ohlay style, get the QB killed mess I’ve ever seen. Pathetic.

  20. dannythebisforbeast says: Oct 12, 2012 9:59 AM

    Should have had 150 yards. he sucks

  21. malab377 says: Oct 12, 2012 10:02 AM

    It’s good CJ to give credit to the big men in front of you. They gave you 91 yards.

    Now, can you run in the holes instead of in your linemen? Can you run straight instead of jumping right, jumping left and get tackled?

    You could have and the night with 150 yards and a couple of TDs…

  22. scotchrocks says: Oct 12, 2012 10:07 AM

    tdshouldbeinthehall says:

    Is there anything that looks as dumb as a person with all gold teeth?

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    A person with no teeth

  23. sixburghsteelers says: Oct 12, 2012 10:11 AM

    borophyll says:
    Oct 12, 2012 7:59 AM
    Actually, the credit goes to the Steeler D for being old and slow.
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    Took the words right out of my mouth…

    James Harrison looked like he was “WALKING” when he gave up that game clinching 25 yd completion catch & run at the end of the game.

  24. mgpet says: Oct 12, 2012 10:11 AM

    lol at celebrating and handing out accolades after a 91 yard game

  25. ericn42000 says: Oct 12, 2012 10:31 AM

    I agree get him more involved in the screen game titans

  26. therealjr says: Oct 12, 2012 11:01 AM

    Actually if you watched the game, Mayock pointed out several runs where he was hesitant and could have really busted one. Even with good blocking, this guy is not going to be worth $10M next year.

  27. damnskins703 says: Oct 12, 2012 11:01 AM

    Yea he had 91 yds but if he hit the holes and didn’t hesitate he would have had 191

  28. panamon says: Oct 12, 2012 11:07 AM

    This has basically been what he’s said the whole time, not his fault the media searches like crazy for the most out of context quotes to make him sound bad.

  29. meytonpanning says: Oct 12, 2012 11:08 AM

    I just don’t think he’s a good fit with that particular offensive line. They’re good pass-blockers, and good run-blockers, but they aren’t athletic enough to complement Johnson’s speed.

    I feel an 0-line like the one in Denver, New England, or Baltimore would be a better complimentary line for Johnson to run behind. I also feel Tennessee would benefit from a power back.

  30. themackstrong says: Oct 12, 2012 11:23 AM

    I admit that I haven’t watched many of the Titans games but Mayock pointed out a few things in replay that just showed the O-line creating huge holes in the middle but Johnson at times runs right or left into his own blockers and defenders. It was only a few plays but elite backs have that vision to turn those 8-10 yard plays into 30 plus or TD’s. Kenny Britt looked more like a problem than Johnson last in my eyes.

  31. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Oct 12, 2012 12:40 PM

    It just goes to show how much the Steelers defense has regressed that they actually made CJ appear competent.

  32. granadafan says: Oct 12, 2012 1:56 PM

    If CJ0.8K is dependent on his offensive line, then he should re-distribute some of that massive paycheck to the big guys up front.

  33. ebrownwareagle says: Oct 12, 2012 2:39 PM

    Say what you want about him….. I’ll take on my team any day!!

  34. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 12, 2012 9:02 PM

    Funny CJ wasn’t talking about how dependent on the O line he is back during contract negotiations. He wanted pay that said he could do it alone.

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