Chris Johnson: Done?!

9/17/12 in NFL   |   AJ_88   |   166 respect

The Tennessee Titans had high hopes for this season after they scrambled to put together a respectable 9-7 year last season after removing long-time head coach Jeff Fisher from the helm. Chris Johnson had the benefit of working out with the team all of mini-camp and pre-season with no contractual disputes to settle and the Titans had turned to Jake Locker to lead the offense. 

Things were beginning to look up. Until now. After two weeks, the Titans are 0-2 and have given up 72 points to the New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers.  Worse than that though? The lack of production from the backfield. Chris Johnson has been unable to get anything going, and it is not entirely his fault either. 

Aug 23, 2012; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) warms up before a game against the Arizona Cardinals at LP Field. Mandatory credit: Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRETake Sunday for example; the Titans fell down 7-0, and handed the ball off to CJ on first down. Minimal gain.  Second down, Locker overthrew his tight end for an interception and it wasn't long until the Titans found themselves down 14-0. Abandoning the run is a direct result of panic by the head coach. 

In order to become a successful team this season, the offensive line needs to run their blocks, however, the coaching staff needs to prepare the squad for NFL Sunday games. They came out unprepared and looked pathetic. 
Chris Johnson is frustrated and who can blame him? He rushed for 2,000 yards two years ago and since then he has looked like a shell of his former self. 

No offensive line. Weak defensive presence and turnovers at crucial moments crippled the Titans through two weeks. Chris Johnson is the key to this squad turning their season around before it's too late.  CJ2K has the gift, but he needs the correct offensive gameplan to give him an opportunity to thrive. Throwing in a few HB Screens might not be a bad idea to keep opponents on their toes giving CJ the ball in the open field. 

As of now, Johnson has rushed for a total of 21 yards on 19 carries. 19 carries in two games is also minimal. CJ should see upwards of 18 carries a night because without his threat on the ground, their passing game will continue to suffer and their defense will tire due to the extended on-field presence. 
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