One Man Needs To Step Up For The Tennessee Titans
How desperately do the Tennessee Titans need the man above, Chris Johnson, to step up? The next two games are against the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. It’s not like they are playing a peewee team or the Jacksonville Jaguars. No, it’s more like the class and second class of the NFC. So, why do they need him to step up? Here’s three good reasons:
1. Because they have no dynamic quarterback right now.
Jake Locker is hurt and while Ryan Fitzpatrick is not a terrible QB, he isn’t Locker. He’s somewhat mobile and has an (little) arm. But that’s all. If you don’t have a formidable quarterback who can’t get the ball to his playmakers down the field, you have to relieve some of that load and run the ball effectively. It’s not just on Johnson. It’s on the offensive line. It’s on the receivers to block down field. But Johnson has to make people miss, and get past the second level. He must not go down on first touch. His shiftiness and mobility has to be more evident. Otherwise, Fitzpatrick will continue to rack up interceptions because defenses won’t respect the run, and will drop seven in coverage. Fitzpatrick just isn’t good enough to beat seven. Make him beat four or five.
2. Because the next two offense are more than good.
This just in: Russell Wilson likes to score a lot of points. And Colin Kaepernick, while defenses may have got a beat on him, isn’t Blaine Gabbert. The more you run, the more the clock runs, the less time the opposing offense has on the field. This isn’t just a smart move, this is a necessary and the only move to make if you want to win the game. See the Indianapolis Colts last week — who ran the ball effectively, and they still almost lost. To win, you must run. And run. And run.
3. Because he’s being paid oodles amounts of money.
Johnson has a huge contract. Yet, his production doesn’t seem to merit his $53 million contract. His production has declined since he signed it. But it’s not like his skills have diminished. He scampered on a long screen pass last week and showed why he was the franchise running back and he was paid that way. But that’s it. He doesn’t make these long runs anymore, or short, tough runs for that matter. He needs to step up and earn his money.
Steve Smith Sr.’s ranking going into his 14th season
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. has appeared in many headlines this past year. Whether it was about his impressive play on the field, his leadership off the field, his trash talk or his daddy duties at home, Smith always seems to draw attention. It could simply be due to how entertaining he is both on and off the field. Read More
The brief moment Pittsburgh Steelers fans preferred Duce Staley over “The Bus”
There's no question the relationship between Steelers fans and Jerome Bettis, the legendary running back who will be inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame next month, was one that was made in Heaven. But, for a brief moment in 2004, after signing former Eagle Duce Staley was the focal point. Long story short, Bettis would bully his way into the end zone after Staley would carry them down the field. Hard to imagine, but Bettis at one point was receiving boos in Pittsburgh. Read More
The five most impactful rookies this season for the New England Patriots
Five players entering their first NFL season to watch out for in Foxboro. Read More
Bryant's 'Money Problems' Could Ruin Cowboys' Year
The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly willing to call Dez Bryant's bluff on missing regular season games. Find out why this situation could get out of control quickly. Read More