Chris Johnson: People need to do their jobs

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Sunday was another entry into the steadily growing book of evidence that Chris Johnson’s 2011 season wasn’t simply an aberration.

Johnson was asked why the Titans running game has gone into hibernation after the game and the running back said that the team wasn’t executing well enough to succeed. At first he said that he didn’t know why that was, but then he expanded his answer a bit to suggest that some members of the Tennessee team need to do a better job of doing their jobs.

“People need to step up and do their job,” Johnson said, via John Glennon of the Tennessean. “They don’t need to let people beat them. It don’t matter who the opposing defense is, you can’t let your guy beat you. You just can’t give up plays. You have to make plays like they make plays. I can’t speak for the defense. I can only speak for the offense.”

It’s hard not to read Johnson’s comments and then look at the Titans’ offensive line as the unstated subject of his frustration. The line has changed a lot of personnel from the days when Johnson was regularly breaking huge runs and that’s certainly a factor in why Johnson has run for just 21 yards on 19 carries in the first two games. It’s not the only factor as the Titans offense has sputtered thanks to injuries at wide receiver, Jake Locker’s growing pains and Johnson’s own downgraded play.

The whole stew makes for an unpleasant reality for the Titans offense right now. And, at 0-2, they need to figure out some quick answers or they’ll make the entire season just as unpleasant.

61 responses to “Chris Johnson: People need to do their jobs

  1. So basically the Titans gave 53 million dollars to a running back that can only make big plays when the offensive line is great.

    There are running backs in the league who make less per year than CJ makes per game who could do that.

  2. If Chris’s fellow employees can’t DO THEIR JOBS while millions of people are watching them on TV!!! Then it’s probably safe to say that they wouldn’t DO THEIR JOBS while working the average 9 to 5 with nobody watching them!!!!

  3. If your stats are that highly dependent on the offensive line then the owner should’ve paid the offensive line the money that went to the RB.

    So far it’s CJ.021K. After 2 games he’s on pace for getting 147 yards over 16 games. How many millions per yard is that?

  4. If he was as great as he thinks he is, he’d make something out of nothing. That’s why you get paid the big bucks. I understand there are a lot of issues on that side of the ball, but how does an “elite” RB have 21 yards after two games? Now he just looks like another RB who flourished because of a system.

  5. I don’t believe in throwing teammates under the bus. CJ(not 2k) shouldn’t either. Fix your crap in house. The line knows if they’re at fault. Be a man and a team player. You got paid already

  6. “People need to step up and do their job,”

    Wow …….. just, wow.

    Gonna be a fun locker room today!

    Funny, he didn’t mention any “conditions” when he signed that fat contract.

    Two weeks, a million dollars in salary, and 14 whole yards, huh?

  7. That’s funny, I don’t remember him praising anyone for his accomplishments, but when he sucks its a group effort.

  8. Multiple times while flipping around yesterday I would see replays of running plays from end zone angles in other games, and think “Oh….so THAT’S what a real hole looks like.”

    I seriously doubt it would matter who the Titans had in the backfield right now. The run blocking is just completely inept.

    Still…Chris Johnson would be a lot better off keeping his mouth shut. There’s no way he can win the PR battle here. Even if he is speaking the truth.

  9. If only Johnson could somehow return to the glory days of 2009 when after opening the season with six straight losses and the Titans going nowhere near the post season Jeff Fisher let Johnson pad his stats with garbage yards in meaningless games.

  10. We fans need to come to terms with the fact many of the players really dont like the game. They do what they do for a paycheck.

    Sure there are special players that show us otherwise, but that is far and few between.

    CJ is out there for a paycheck. He cares only about his green-bling.

  11. For flash-in-the-pan loudmouth holdouts, like this guy, it would be great to have an stair-step, incentive pay plan… them a base salary, and hefty bonuses if they hit certain levels of performance. In the meanwhile…….cry, cry, cry.

  12. Their o-line is pretty awful though. When grasping at straws and actually signing the ballooned Deuxe Latui? Come on now.

    The guy actually has a point here.

  13. eagleswin says:
    Sep 17, 2012 10:26 AM
    If your stats are that highly dependent on the offensive line then the owner should’ve paid the offensive line the money that went to the RB.

    So far it’s CJ.021K. After 2 games he’s on pace for getting 147 yards over 16 games. How many millions per yard is that?


    Um, no. With 21 yards in 2 games, he’s on pace to be CJ168 over 16 games, not CJ147. Or we could just call him CJ1.1YPC

  14. If the O line is that bad then it’s on the coaches to get CJ out in the open. Bring in a two TE set. That will help Locker and CJ. Maybe they do that already, I don’t know, I’m not going to waste my time watching a terrible team.

  15. Chris Johnson was a great runner when he could blow through a weak defense untouched. With his speed he would be gone in a flash if given a hole big enough that he didn’t have to break any tackles or make anyone miss. He was great at exploiting those holes and outrunning the defense when he did.

    However, he is now facing what every other back in the league faces. He has to break tackles now, he has to make the first guy miss. This is something hasn’t really had to do yet.

  16. A great running back and bad offensive line should still result in more than 21 yards in two games.

    I’ve been on Cutler’s side in his situation, but even I can’t fathom a star running back getting 4 yards in a game.

  17. The Titans just look bad. I know it’s early in the season, but there is no consistency to their play.

    It’s odd as they have several talented players and can definately turn it around. I think Jake Locker is going to develop really well, but he’ll become “shell shocked” by week 6 if the O-line plays the way it’s been playing.

  18. When Chris Johnson was racking up all those yards I dont think he was thanking the offensive line as much as taking all the credit himself…

    Hate players like him

  19. Really Chris? Rookie T-Rich is getting the job done, and I don’t think I see more on the O-line there than you have. Your job is to figure out how to get YOUR job done. You have a new, young, starting QB, and you are just getting your players together and back. Ever heard the old adage about “if offering a criticism, also offer a solution”?

  20. so it’s ok for him to complain about his line not doing their job but a qb who gets sacked and is always running for his life can’t? double standard anyone?

  21. Funny but Barry Sanders had a horrible offensive line in front of him too. He ran like a man possessed AND he never threw his teammates under the bus.

    Just sayin’…

  22. I don’t think you can blame the offensive line for everything, but Chris Johnson is averaging more yards after contact(1.2) than he is yards per carry (1.1).

    He is getting hit in the back field every play. The offensive line is atrocious.

  23. Games are won or lost on the lines. However, CJ has not made the adjustment to not having wide open lanes where any back could have run through. He’s just plowing ahead straight into defenders instead of making reads and allowing holes to open. It’s called being a great back.

    Chris Johnson been exposed as a fraud who needs others to do all the work and he gets all the glory (and money). Maybe he shouldn’t have demanded so much money so the Titans couldn’t afford to hire any better linemen.

  24. Why is everyone thinking cj is wrong here? Not like he or gotta play, he’s a back that needs and small seam, and he’ll take it all the way. Some backs don’t need seems , no knock on Johnson, he’s different that a rb who’s 6′ 220 lbs, not his fault , with good line play he is awesome, he’s right here

  25. I hate to see any player get hurt but usually when a rb starts throwing his linemen under the bus they start “accidentally” missing blocks or falling down. Dude has justgotpaiditis that’s all there is to it

  26. This guy needs to get his ass kicked. If I was one of the guys blocking for this guy, well when his number gets called I wouldn’t be blocking. He needs to learn to give the guys he depends on some respect.

    You don’t hear Locker saying guys need to do there job better.

    Even if his OL is swiss cheese you don’t say that crap, This guy is the worse kind of cancer a team can have.

  27. If the O-line sucks, then find other ways to get him the ball. Throw it to him in the flat 10 times a game.

    Other teams do this with playmaker type guys, Sproles, Bush, Harvin, and now Randall Cobb have all lined up outside their normal position so they can can more touches, or get the ball in space.

    Still it goes to show why no one wants to pay a RB anymore. If you have a decent O-line you can always find someone to plug in.

  28. CJ is a track star that got lucky. You could have put a fast wide out in his spot and he would have had similar numbers for those couple years.

    He’s a selfish guy that got paid and now doesn’t want to play. Titans should accept they made a mistake by paying him and then cut there losses however they can (trade if possible). Then they should get a guy in there who acctually wants an opportunity.

  29. …but usually when a rb starts throwing his linemen under the bus they start “accidentally” missing blocks…

    The guys in front of him (OL, FB, TEs) are so routinely missing blocks when they’re trying, there would not be one bit of difference. Seriously.

  30. The actual FULL quote CJ isn’t blaming others. He’s talking about himself and the offense as a whole.

    “The run game ain’t working,” Johnson said. “We just aren’t executing the plays. I don’t know why we’re not.”

    “We Didn’t Look Like An NFL Team”

  31. Jeff Fisher ruined this team, then stole off into the night, in typical Trojan fashion.

    Pete Carroll mastered the move.

    Jeff perfected it.

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