For anyone who has seen Chris Johnson play this season (or had him on their fantasy team for that matter), it is easy to see that he is not the same player he was before his holdout.
Johnson and the Titans running game might have reached a new low in terms of production Sunday in Atlanta with 13 yards on 12 carries. And while Johnson exhibits very little of the burst, acceleration and moves that made him CJ2K in 2009, Titans head coach Mike Munchak held his former unit, the offensive line, accountable for their part in CJ's woes.
“As a group, for the limited time we had to run it, we didn't block well. We were very average and inconsistent and that's where you go when you do that for eight carries,” Munchak said via TitanInsider.com. “I'm not going to give any excuses. We would have liked to have had more opportunities, and that's my fault. So if you only get 10 carries, you've got to do a much better job than we did with 10 carries. So that starts with the offensive line, and anytime you have this conversation, it starts with them. They know that, and we need to do better than that.”
And while Johnson didn't throw the line under the bus after the loss on Sunday, he wasn't exactly holding them up for praise either.
“I trust my reads. I’m looking at the film and I’m doing all the right things, but it’s just not turning out right. We are not executing,” Johnson said.
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com