One of the hottest topics this past week has been the possibility of the Tennessee Titans parting ways with Chris Johnson after the 2012 season, considering the argument can be made that he’s failed to live up to the hefty contract he signed prior to the 2011 season. On paper, Johnson’s performance against the New York Jets looked impressive considering he finished with 122 rushing yards and one touchdown, but when taking a closer look–it wasn’t that impressive of a performance other than one run in the second quarter.
94 of Johnson’s 122 rushing yards came off of one play in the second quarter–which means the running back recorded 28 rushing yards on his 20 other carries of the game (1.4 yards per carry). With this in mind, it’s no surprise to hear the Titans are considering what they should do with their once star running back once the 2012 season comes to an end.
There was a time when Johnson was considered one of the top running backs in the league, but now it’s difficult to even imagine him as a top-10 running back anymore–even if he has rushed for 1,159 yards and five touchdowns on the season. Keep in mind that Johnson rushed for 25 yards or less in four of the team’s first five games this season–so most of Johnson’s production from this season has come during a five-game span.
Johnson may have thought he deserved a hefty contract at the time prior to 2011, but it seems to be more clear why the Titans were so hesitant towards giving their running back such a hefty contract with the type of productions he’s displayed on the field over the last two seasons.
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