The Tennessee Titans were expected to have one of the best backfields in all of football this season. They inked free agent Shonn Greene in the offseason to play along side Chris Johnson, in what figured to be a solid thunder and lighting-type of combo. But as in life, things don’t always go as planned. A knee injury has kept Greene on the sidelines and thus far he’s only amassed 20 yards on five carries. At the same time, Johnson is averaging a measly total of 52.3 yards rushing through seven games.
So given Johnson’s recent struggles and Greene’s improved health, the Titans have decided to start giving more carries to the thunder of the combo. Head coach Mike Munchak said on Thursday that, “You’d hope that we’d run the ball 35 times, and that (Greene would) get 15, and C.J. (would get) get 20.”
This sounds more like the strategy that the Titans would have like to be using all along. It probably won’t sit well with Johnson, but when you’re averaging just over 50 yards a game, you can’t blame the coaching staff for wanting to change things up. At the same time, maybe this is exactly what the former 2,000-yard rusher needs. A little extra competition to light a fire under him.
Tennessee has a winnable game on the road this week against the St. Louis Rams, so a good effort from the backfield would really go along way towards helping out Jake Locker and the passing game. If the Titans can get to 4-4 heading into the second half of the season, I’m sure they’ll be ecstatic.