"I ... liked the numerous comments which said that some of the current players are almost as good as the [All-Time] ones and will be as good or better with a few more years of experience."
I'd like to revisit that now, comparing some of the newer Titans players to the players on our All-Time Titans team.
First up in this series, the running back position, Eddie George vs Chris Johnson, after the jump.
Eddie George (1996-2003): Eddie was so dependable. He gained 10,000 yards rushing without missing a game, a feat which has been accomplished by only one other man - Hall of Famer Jim Brown. Unlike Brown, Eddie won't be in the Hall of Fame (see this article from last summer) but he was an outstanding back in his own right, selected once as a first-team All-Pro and named four times to Pro Bowls. For the All-Time Tennessee Titans team, Eddie still gets my vote.
Chris Johnson (2008-2010): On pace to break most of George's records, Johnson has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his three seasons and has been selected as a first-team All-Pro once. Despite his impressive accomplishments, including a 2,000-yard season in just his second year, I'm not yet ready to say he is the best all-time Titans running back. CJ certainly has the upside to be better than Eddie was, but if his career ended today, his contributions to the Titans would be far less than those made by Eddie.
That's just my opinion, I want to hear yours too. Eddie or CJ? We've got a new poll up, asking that question. Feel free to jump in with your comments as well.
We'll continue to update our All-Time Titans team over the next several weeks.
This is the All-Time Titans team which you, our readers, selected in the summer of 2008:
QB Steve McNair
RB Eddie George
FB Lorenzo Neal
WR Derrick Mason
WR Drew Bennett
WR Kevin Dyson
TE Frank Wycheck
LT Brad Hopkins
LG Bruce Matthews
C Kevin Mawae
RG Benji Olson
RT Jon Runyan
LDE Jevon Kearse
LDT Kevin Carter
RDT Albert Haynesworth
RDE Kyle Vanden Bosch
LLB David Thornton
MLB Randall Godfrey
RLB Keith Bulluck
LCB Andre Dyson
RCB Samari Rolle
SS Blaine Bishop
FS Marcus Robertson
NB Cortland Finnegan
P Craig Hentrich
K Rob Bironas
KR/PR Adam Jones
Some of the positions I'd like to reconsider in this series are as follows.
FB - Neal vs Ahmard Hall
LT - Hopkins vs Michael Roos
RT - Runyan vs David Stewart
LDT - Carter vs Tony Brown vs Jason Jones
MLB - Godfrey vs Stephen Tulloch
RCB - Rolle vs Cortland Finnegan
FS - Robertson vs Michael Griffin
NB - Finnegan vs Vincent Fuller
I think at this stage in CJ's career, I would still consider him to be the second best Titan RB of all. While CJ has a higher ceiling, he has not shown the same leadership and heart as Eddie. For much of their time in Tennessee, Eddie together with McNair were the heart and soul of some pretty good teams. I haven't seen that quality out of CJ yet. I also haven't seen put the team on his back and win big games for the Titans.
Fun idea. Both players are favorites of mine. Too bad we can't compare "first 3 years" but this is an "all time" list.
On one hand we have an ultra-dependable player who was also a strong leader. On the other, we have an extreme talent that has already hit a major milestone.
Both teams depended on each player - but George had McNair to compliment him whereas Johnson has had over the hill KC and immature Young under center.
I think if everything else is equal, CJ would have a greater impact in having homerun runs as well as allowing the team to do more overall. That is not to take away from the major asset that was George's extreme effort.
Thanks for your comments, dedkrikit. As always, they are much appreciated.
If this was one of those teams which had 2 RBs, this would be a no-brainer.
Thanks also to all of you who have voted. :)