Can Chris Johnson Ever Regain 2K Form?

10/31/12 in NFL   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

Chris Johnson. Once the most elusive back in all of football. The man who rushed for two thousand yards in a season. But since that record breaking 16-game performance in 2010? CJ has been basically pedestrian. 

Oct 21, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) runs against the Buffalo Bills during the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Titans beat the Bills 35-34. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-US PRESSWIREThe Tennessee Titans went 9-7 last season, and it was certainly no thanks to a dominant offensive line, incorporating a great running game because Johnson was unable to get things going all season long after his lengthy holdout for a contract extension. They did almost sneak into the postseason, and no one knows if CJ could have turned on the jets once the limelight shone bright. 

But that's neither here nor there. The Titans are currently 3-5 having just lost to their division rival, Indianapolis Colts at home in overtime. That was a game they were supposed to win. However, the Titans defense is horrendous for lack of a better word. They have given up the most points in the NFL. CJ racked up 99 yards on the ground, but the defense could not give the Titans an opportunity in OT. 

Everyone talks about the fact that Chris Johnson has nothing left, or he was a fluke.  What they do not realize, at least partially, is that when a team falls down in a game quickly, they typically abandon the run game in order to maximize their efforts to get back within striking distance. The Titans have been in that situation multiple times this season, thus not allowing Johnson to get the necessary carries to break out on speed alone.  We saw some of this two weeks ago in Buffalo when CJ broke free for his 5th career 80+ yard touchdown, while finishing the day with 195 rushing yards and 2 TD's. 

The question remains; will he ever regain his 2010 form? 

It's a loaded question because it depends so much on variables outside his control. First of all, throwing early interceptions or turning the ball over does not bode well for a Titans offense trying to establish the run. Second, the offensive line needs to create holes in order for a talented back like Johnson to navigate his way through. 

It's not all as simple as fantasy owners complaining about his lack of production week in, week out. Watch the games and you can see clearly why he is not the CJ2K he once was. Blocking up front is the most important aspect of the game of football and the Titans are mediocre at best and certainly inconsistent. 
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