Tennessee Titans Need Chris Johnson to be Great in 2013

By Devin O'Barr
Chris Johnson 2012
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Chris Johnson signed one of the largest contracts in NFL history when he and the Tennessee Titans agreed to a six year $56M contract on November 1st, 2011. Since then Johnson has been good not great and the Titans have since been at the bottom of the AFC South–if Johnson can’t return to 2010 form the Titans will be doomed for years to come.

In a season that ended with a 6-10 record Johnson seemed to be more productive as he reached 1,243 for the first time since 2010. Although Johnson was only able to reach the end-zone six times he still improved upon his career-worst 2011 campaign in which he had just four TDs.

Moving forward the Titans will ask third-year quarterback Jake Locker to lead them past the Houston Texans in an increasingly competitive AFC South. While Locker has shown some promise with 10 Touchdowns in 11 games this season but, the 11 interceptions is awful and without a running game Locker will be mediocre at best in his third season.

Kendall Wright showed some bright spots for the Titans after being drafted 20th overall pick in 2012, however they will need more from their wide receivers as no one eclipsed the 750 receiving yards mark.

Hopefully the draft success will continue this April where the Titans will have the 10th overall pick and are rumored to be looking at Defensive Ends who are able to get to the quarterback as sacks were a weakness in 2012.

Mike Munchak will have his word cut out for him in his third season as the Titans head coach and hopefully he can get Johnson to a level he hasn’t sniffed since signing the big contract in 2011.

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