When the Rams signed Kenny Britt this week, it seemed to make a lot of sense: Britt played his best football in Tennessee when Jeff Fisher was the Titans’ coach, and now Fisher is coach of the Rams.
Chris Johnson also played his best football in Tennessee when Fisher was the Titans’ coach, but it appears that Fisher isn’t interested in coaching Johnson again.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a Johnson-Fisher reunion is unlikely, and there doesn’t seem to be much if any interest in Johnson at Rams Park.
That could indicate that Fisher isn’t crazy about Johnson’s work habits, just as there was talk that former coaches of DeSean Jackson Andy Reid and Jeff Tedford were uninterested in bringing him to Kansas City and Tampa Bay, respectively, because they weren’t crazy about his work habits. (Fisher has been eager to bring other former Titans to St. Louis, including Britt, Cortland Finnegan, William Hayes, Jared Cook and Will Witherspoon.)
But it could also simply indicate that the Rams (like most NFL teams) don’t want to spend a lot of money on running backs, and that St. Louis is happy with what it already has at running back, led by 2013 fifth-round pick Zac Stacy and also including Benny Cunningham, Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead.
Whatever the reasons, look for Johnson to land somewhere other than St. Louis.