After another disappointing start on Sunday, one in which he amassed 17 yards on 8 carries, Chris Johnson is showing us that maybe his performance in 2011 was not an aberration and that his play has truly declined. Following the game, Johnson was asked why the team’s running game has struggled so far this season. Initially, Johnson said the team was just not executing well enough, but after a minute of thought and expanding on his answer, Johnson seemed to point fingers at others for his mistakes.
Johnson suggested that some members of the Tennessee team need to do a better job of doing their jobs.
“People need to step up and do their job,” Johnson said, via John Glennon of theTennessean. “They don’t need to let people beat them. It don’t matter who the opposing defense is, you can’t let your guy beat you. You just can’t give up plays. You have to make plays like they make plays. I can’t speak for the defense. I can only speak for the offense.”
From the sounds of his comments, it looks as though Johnson wants to blame his offensive line, which is not an unjust complaint. The line has changed a lot of personnel from the days when Johnson was regularly breaking huge runs and that’s certainly a factor in why Johnson has run for just 21 yards on 19 carries in the first two games. It’s not the only factor as the Titans offense has sputtered thanks to injuries at wide receiver, Jake Locker’s growing pains and Johnson’s own downgraded play.
If the Titans want to salvage their season, they better turn around their offensive woes and do so quickly.