Titans CEO Tommy Smith says RB Chris Johnson needs to be utilized better

12/11/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Dec 8, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) rushes on fourth down in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY SportsThere are unconfirmed rumors swirling around the status of Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson that he will be leaving the team after the season is over. The reason is stated to be his $8 million salary package for 2014 that he deems too low for his value. He might leave the team and search for better prospects or may have already found some, waiting out this contract and then joining later.
Team president and CEO Tommy Smith said that it was still too early to speculate that the team was offering little to Johnson to return and was not willing to up their offer for him to stay with the Titans.
"Chris has done nothing but what he's been asked to do there. He suits up and he plays every game. I think they need to figure out how to use him and his skill set better,” Smith said “but he has been a good teammate and a good player ... We are evaluating each and every position on this team, and we are only going to keep players we think will contribute and earn their keep.”
The Titans did well with the start of the season and were 3-1. They centred their strategy to revolve around controlling the ball. Titans quarterback Jake Locker was held by the passing attack so it fell down to Johnson who scored an average of 16 carries per game. Their offensive was susceptible to turnovers and Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t do a good job handling it.
The rumours aren’t just bogus though. They are based on the current facts about the running back. Johnson is unhappy with the money being offered and is being offered even less with the new contract. His worth is more than that and chances are he may find better contracts out there. Still, Smith said that they had plans with Johnson as a part of the team and wanted him to remain with them the coming season.
"The coaches and personnel people are very high on him," Smith said.
Apart from Johnson departing the team, the status is same for their head coach Mike Munchak who has failed to deliver to the expectation expected of him. Smith said that he was indeed under scrutiny for his performance.
"We certainly had higher expectations than what we are seeing right now, across the board, I can assure you of that," Smith said. "Now let's see if we can win three in a row ... At the end of the day, you have to win games."
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