Chris Johnson: Titans offense was too ‘predictable’
So far, new Jets running back Chris Johnson is fitting in well with Gang Green. He didn’t do much in his first preseason game with the Jets, but has been very vocal so far this off season much like his brash head coach and confident teammates.
Johnson is expecting to have a bounce back year in 2014 after having a sub par year last year (to CJ2K’s standards). He rushed for over 1,000 yards but averaged under four yards per carry for the first time in his career. Maybe because the Titans offense was too “predictable.”
At least that’s what Johnson thinks and now under Marty Mornhinweg, he is expecting to get back to the Pro Bowl level that he was at in 2009.
From ESPN New York:
“When I was in Tennessee, a lot of the plays when the offensive coordinator was calling them, they were predictable,” Johnson told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “Everybody could tell what was coming. With Marty (Mornhinweg), the plays aren’t predictable.”
Johnson said Mornhinweg is the smartest coordinator he’s had since 2010, Mike Heimerdinger’s final season with the Titans. Johnson enjoyed his best years under Heimerdinger, rushing for 2,006 yards in 2009. Heimerdinger was fired by Mike Munchak after the 2010 season and died of cancer a few months later at age 58.
When the Jets signed Johnson, they were expecting to get the player he was before the 2013 season. There should be less pressure on Johnson in New York as he will be splitting carries with Chris Ivory (if he can stay healthy) and Bilal Powell is also expected to see a significant amount of snaps.
The Jets also have Daryl Richardson and Alex Green in their backfield so their options at ball carrier are plentiful.
That alone will make the Jets offense less predictable then the Titan’s was during Johnson’s tenure. Just trying to figure out who will carry the ball will likely keep defenses on their toes.
The only predictable thing about the Jets backfield is that Johnson will certainly be an integral part. And if he can get back to his old form, people will be predicting a lot of Jets wins.
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