Tennessee Titans Training Camp: Chris Johnson Has Golden Chance for Redemption

By Thomas Emerick
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Now that the Tennessee Titans have finally parted ways with coordinator Chris Palmer, this offense can fully utilize its best components — we hope. New offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains should present an upgrade and the heavy interior line additions, including 10th overall pick Chance Warmack and expensive free agent Andy Levitre, give Tennessee’s backfield no excuses at the very least.

(The receivers can point the finger at Jake Locker until we see otherwise from the young quarterback. Maybe some consistent accuracy for starters.)

That means Chris Johnson must return to CJ2K form or all his goodwill from the 2008 and 2009 and campaigns will have run out.

Johnson held out during the 2011 offseason and dragged his team through the ordeal in training camp before throwing out a dud in the ensuing regular season. I’m all for athletes getting as much money as they can but grabbing the money and then massively underperforming is something that just brings a PR hit. Backing up the money after a huge contract or holdout is paramount when it comes to fanfare.

Halfway through the 2012 season, Titans fans and fantasy owners alike were beginning to bail out on the artist formerly known as CJ2K, with him amassing just 45 rush yards combined over the first five weeks. However, the stretch that saw Johnson top 90 yards six of the next seven weeks have me holding out hope for a return to terrifying form — especially now that the interior line has been bolstered.

Johnson proved the electricity is still there 83-yard run in Week 7 and an 80-yard run in Week 9, and now just needs the return of consistency.

Thomas Emerick is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEmerick, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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