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Chris Johnson “very upset” about workload in second half last week

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Titans running back Chris Johnson had a string of six straight games with 80 or more rushing yards snapped in last Sunday’s loss to the Texans and he’s not happy about the workload he got on offense in the second half.

Johnson had three carries after halftime, spending most of his time pass blocking as the Titans tried to come back from being down 21-3 at the break. This didn’t sit very well with Johnson, who was asked Thursday if he let offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains know about his displeasure.

“I don’t think it was a thing where he had to come to me and say anything. I was very upset, or whatever, not being able to be used as much as I wanted to be,” Johnson said, via Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “But it’s a situation, he’s a new guy and he’d never called a game before in his career. Hopefully it will change.”

Loggains said after the game that he regretted not getting Johnson more work, but it’s hard to keep feeding a running back when you’re down three scores at the start of the third quarter. It might also be hard for the Titans to establish the ground game in the coming weeks as they will be fielding a patchwork offensive line the rest of the way because of injuries.

If that turns out to be the case, this might not be the last time we hear complaints from Johnson about his workload.

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14 Responses to “Chris Johnson “very upset” about workload in second half last week”
  1. bigjdve says: Dec 7, 2012 9:48 AM

    Tell Johnson to shut up and play. He is getting paid alot of money, where he is just now starting to earn. He should be happy to do whatever they need of him.

    Besides, less carries now means more carries later in more years because he isn’t taking as much of a beating.

  2. khmer379 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:13 AM

    Ap is shaking his head

  3. mavajo says: Dec 7, 2012 10:14 AM

    Johnson is one of the few backs that you should keep feeding, even down by a few scores. He’s not as consistent as he once was, but he’s still a threat to break off a long run any time he touches the ball. At a minimum, they should be including the guy in some screen plays.

    If Johnson manages to break off a long one for a touchdown, now you’re looking at 21-10 — still a deficit, but it’s not so large that you have to revert to an unbalanced offense. The Titans can not win games with an unbalanced offense.

    Just my two cents. Then again, I’ve got Johnson on my fantasy roster and we’re in the playoffs right now, so I have a vested interest in him getting fed.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 7, 2012 10:18 AM

    Don’t fumble the ball…

    If Arian fumbles…. Kubiak sits him…

  5. turtlehut says: Dec 7, 2012 10:44 AM

    It is not whether the coaches play to win, it is all about Chris Johnson’s stats.
    As a Colt’s fan, I am happy the Titans have tied up so much cap money in CJ and that CJ spreads dissension in their locker room!

  6. themagicman1223 says: Dec 7, 2012 11:01 AM

    This guy only cares about his stats and is not a team player, I guess the Titans like have attitude problems in their locker room with him and Kenny Britt.

  7. jwil007 says: Dec 7, 2012 11:08 AM

    Chris Johnson to the Packers, Colts or Miami in 2013. You heard it here 1st…..

  8. kpow55 says: Dec 7, 2012 12:02 PM

    never knowing which Johnson will show up, the coach has made other plans to at-least attempt some form of consistency.

  9. trouteason27 says: Dec 7, 2012 12:32 PM

    CJ2K is shaking his head at AP for that 09-10 season he had. While AP was fumbling 7 times, CJ2K was running for 2006

  10. khmer379 says: Dec 7, 2012 12:44 PM

    @trout Ap > Johnson n stop living in da past

  11. trouteason27 says: Dec 7, 2012 1:14 PM

    Yeah AP is good right now. but he wasnt on CJs level in the past.

  12. Troy Larson says: Dec 7, 2012 1:26 PM

    Six straight games with 80 yards or more… clearly the most impressive rushing streak I’ve ever heard of…

  13. flipola says: Dec 8, 2012 7:54 AM

    If they’re down late in the game, they’re obviously not going to run it. What does he expect?

  14. ole71374 says: Dec 8, 2012 9:58 AM

    Wow, Johnson had 6 games with 80 plus yards. AP has 80 before halftime.Johnson is an overpaid underachieving wuss. AP for MVP

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