Chris Johnson: Is it CJ2slow now for the Titans?
Once known as CJ2k, Chris Johnson is quickly falling to the depths in the rankings as running back. All we hear in return, for being fans and buying tickets, is that he will be fine and everyone needs to step up. Is this really the excuse that we must endure? All you hear, from the Titans organization as a whole, is that “the problem is a little bit of everyone and that they will get on track”. How? We have heard this for 18 games now and the only thing that has saved them was the four good enough performances from last year. Now that it’s happening again, we are just supposed to keep buying this bologna?
When you can see on film the constant dismay that comes from the draw play, one would figure a coordinator would find a new play to run for a while. Instead we see the same results over and over and again. I understand that the draw is there to keep a defense off-balance but when your offensive line can’t hold up to the call then something needs to be changed. When one says change, I believe they are looking for something in that game to change not to just eventually change.
With a rookie quarterback at the helm of this offense, support is needed. Chris Johnson can and is that support. He was fine two years ago and there was no need to change it, and now it’s to the point that he is now become irrelevant. Fantasy owners know all too well that this is true. I don’t own him, but I used to see the joy come from those who have and now I see the look of defeat from those same people. As a fan I see a team with a lot of talent but it’s all crumbling down.
With so many instant quarterback successes it is easy for one to forget how the rookies can be, they use to be just like Locker. There is a lot of talent and a lot of growing to do on the field. How where they helped? They were helped by the play makers at running back and tight end. The Titans have both of these things and somehow it fails.
We can analyze all we want and even see the problems on film, but the key ingredient is not there. Plain and simple; just fix it or keep trying till you do. I’m sure the Titans have the film from the 2K year. So, why not just go back to the basics and slowly bring a few tricks into the run. Chris Palmer is doing a decent job on creating pass plays but seems to lack the depth for the run. It can be fixed but being told over and over that it will and the results get worse. That is not fixing a thing.
Tracy Anderson is an NFL writer for TPF and can be contacted at TAnderson@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.