Chris Johnson credits the offensive line after 91-yard game

AP

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.

34 responses to “Chris Johnson credits the offensive line after 91-yard game

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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