The Titans’ decision to sign free agent running back Shonn Greene to back up Chris Johnson is being felt as a slap in the face by Javon Ringer, who backed up Johnson for the last four years and is now a free agent.
Ringer says he has nothing against Greene personally, but he does have something against the Titans’ public statements that Johnson needed someone to share the load at running back. Because Ringer thinks he should be that “someone,” and he doesn’t understand why the Titans never gave him much of a chance to show what he could do with the ball in his hands.
“I am happy for Shonn because I know him from playing in the Big Ten, and he’s a good guy. He’s a good running back,” Ringer told Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean. “But when they got him I said, ‘Dang, they had some guys who never got a chance to play, so why are they adding someone like that?’ All this talk about them needing another running back to help C.J., it kind of made me upset. I’m like, ‘Man, they had some good running backs behind C.J., and they just never really got a chance.’ And because we were not able to play, it made it look like C.J. didn’t have any help. C.J. had some help, but they never used it. It’s frustrating.”
In four seasons in Tennessee, Ringer totaled 120 carries for 486 yards and three touchdowns. He wonders why the Titans’ coaching staff didn’t play him more.
“I feel like I am a good running back. I just wasn’t able to give it a real good shot in Tennessee, but I do feel like the opportunities I got I was able to produce,” Ringer said. “I was backing up one of the NFL’s best running backs. Now I just want a shot, a fair opportunity, and hopefully I can get that somewhere else. . . . So many teams have their No. 1 running back, but you always see the other running back come in and get a chance. But in Tennessee I never really had a chance to play, and that’s the truth.”
Now Ringer will just hope he gets a chance to play somewhere else.