Frankly, what I suspected about Chris Johnson after the Browns and the Steelers game has been confirmed by recent events: he is able to be effective only when he sees green grass in front of him and either no defender or a defender he can avoid off to the side. When the offense is able to put him in positions like that, he can be successful. That happened a lot against the Panthers. It's happened hardly at all the rest of the year. What I think his play against the Texans showed is that it isn't necessary to have the same kind of penetration the Falcons had last Sunday to take Chris Johnson out of the game. All you have to do is not give him open space. That means Chris Johnson's effectiveness is a reflection of the ability of the offense to give him that space.
Now, I thought the Titans understood this after the Texans game. They started playing Javon Ringer just as much as they did Johnson. After some success in the first half of the Bengals game, though, The Powers That Be apparently decided CJ was "back" and decided to play him almost exclusively. And he's been about 99% as mediocre as he was the rest of the year before then. By this point, I have no idea what The Powers That Be are seeing. Unless CJ's play is a pawn to a dysfunctional or divided organization or they're playing Chris Johnson with their eyes on parting ways with him before the franchise pays him any more money beyond this season, they're engaged in a fool's exercise and I'm not having any more of it.
Unless and until there are drastic changes in Chris Johnson's level of play, I'm done with him. I'm not going to write any posts about him. I'm not going to spend my time obsessing about him. I'm going to avoid him as much as I can while still blogging about the Titans as I see fit.
I hear you Tom. At least, on this, we can agree. I don't know what the answer is for CJ. He just doesn't seem to want to be the best anymore now that he has finally got paid to be the best. Perhaps, a change of scenery would be the answer. Perhaps, sitting him and embarassing him would be the answer. I don't think Munchak's current approach of blaming the O-line is going to work, and it is a bit unfair. The O-line's run blocking isn't good, but they certainly do not deserve to take all of the blame.
There are about 30million reasons why he is so bad this year. If he carries on like this I hope the Titans void that to just 13million at the years end...
Fair enough. There are many more frustrating elements to focus on: D. Williams and Cook jump to mind. At least there appear to be positives on defense and we can dream about Locker's development.