Titans running back Chris Johnson recently revealed his goal for the 2013 season.
He’d like to run for at least 2,000 yards for the second time in his NFL career, a goal that he expects won’t be met with rave reviews from all corners. Johnson answered any real or imagined critics of his statistical motivations by saying that he thinks reaching that individual goal would boost the Titans’ chances of reaching their goals as a team.
“Every year coming in I have a goal, but every time I say what my goal is, everybody thinks I am a selfish player and not a team player,” Johnson said, via the Tennessean. “Every year I want to rush for 2,000 yards, and I feel like if we are doing what is right and we are making plays on Sunday, if I get to that yardage I feel like we can be a playoff team and hopefully win the Super Bowl.”
Picking an arbitrary statistical benchmark and saying you’re shooting for that is always going to rub some people the wrong way, but it’s hard to argue that a big year from Johnson wouldn’t put the Titans in better position to make the playoffs. It would mean that the team’s offensive line has improved and it would likely mean that Jake Locker’s playing well enough to keep defenses from selling out to stop the run, two things that are going to be mighty important to anything the Titans want to do this season whether Johnson runs for 1,500 yards or sets the single-season rushing record.