When news broke that Shonn Greene was signing with the Tennessee Titans, I didn’t quite understand why. Why would Shonn Greene sign with a team that has a clear-cut starting running back? We all know that Chris Johnson is the man in the Tennessee backfield, so what kind of a career move is that for Greene?
But after thinking about it for awhile, I came to the conclusion that the two could possibly form the best 1-2 punch in the game. I was optimistic about it, but apparently Johnson isn’t thinking of it that way.
“I have never been a big fan of the two-back system, so I don’t know how we plan on using him. I’m not afraid of competition, but I was thinking we’d maybe get a draft pick for the other back. And you don’t give a guy that kind of money to be just a goal-line guy and in tough-yardage situations. So we’ll see what happens, said Johnson.”
So after even further consideration, I can understand Johnson’s perspective. I wouldn’t want to share time if I was him either.
He should be at least a little worried about his position as the team’s No. 1 back. He’s going to have to work hard stay in that position all year, but it seems that’s what the team wants.
Now we have more of an idea what the Titans’ conversation with Greene might have sounded like. Maybe they did tell him that there’s a chance he could be the starter if Johnson isn’t performing? It’s certainly possible…
But again, Johnson is the Titans’ starting running back. While I understand his ‘confusion’ over the Greene signing, I think he should look at what they both bring to the table, and realize that they can compliment each other very well.
While it’s possible, don’t hold your breath for a ‘running back controversy’ in Tennessee this season.
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