Munchak: CJ is still Titans' starter
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak put to rest any thoughts that Chris Johnson was about to fall into a strict running back platoon because of his poor start.
Munchak said that Johnson, who has just 302 yards rushing through seven games, remains the Titans' starting running back even after dividing carries evenly with Javon Ringer in Sunday's 27-10 win over Indianapolis.
“It’s no different than it was this past week. (Chris Johnson) is the starter like he has been. He will stat the game and Javon (Ringer) will roll in there at times depending on how the game is going,” Munchak said.
Ringer rolled in and put up 60 yards on 14 carries Sunday, compared to just 34 on an equal number of rushes for CJ, who has yet to live up to his $53 million contract extension. But Ringer will be used on an as-needed basis, apparently for now.
“CJ is our starter, like you heard guys say. If you ask Javon, he'd say the same thing. CJ is our starter going forward. Nothing has changed,” Munchak said. “We don't feel any differently about Chris Johnson. Nothing is changing. Our philosophy hasn't changed. We're not giving each guy 12 carries or 14 carries, whatever it may be. Next game it could be 20 carries and three carries.”
Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com