After Johnson held out on the Tennessee Titans before they made him not only one of the highest-paid running backs but one of the highest-paid players in the game, people expected big things. But are the Titans now wondering if they really needed Chris Johnson as their best player? After his lackluster performance in last night’s game against the Jaguars, you might think so.
Johnson had one of the worst performances of his career, with only nine carries in 24 yards, a factor that definitely played into the eventual 16-14 loss for the Titans. But was it Johnson’s fault, or were the Jaguars just really that good in their own season opener? With Paul Posluszny and Dwight Lowery showing up in a big way for the defense and quarterback Luke McCown also ripping up the field, it might just be that the Jaguars were a better team as a whole than the Titans.
But still, one can’t help but wonder if Johnson could have helped his team more if he had showed up to football training camp and practice, rather than sitting at home waiting for more money to be offered. But Coach Mike Munchak doesn’t think so. In an interview after the game the Coach said, “You want to get a back going, but what did he have — four carries in the first half?” he said. “You need some touches and he didn’t get them.”
Johnson also doesn’t think last night’s performance should be an indicator of the season, saying, “I really didn’t have a long drive to stay on the field and see how my body reacted. But toward the end when we had a better drive, it still felt good out there. I think I’ll be all right.”