"Yeah, I've found my groove and it's not all about just breaking the big runs," Johnson said. "It's all about getting more touches and things like that. Any time a team is in a game that's close and you're going down to the end, if you want to win that game you want to continue to be able to run the ball and a lot of times that's the main factor on the running back getting his groove and making a lot of good runs."
To their credit, the Bills haven't been as benevolent in allowing rushing touchdowns of late, giving up just four over the last five games.
"Things seem to be coming together in their running game," Bills coach Chan Gailey said. "It had been a while for them. That's a huge challenge for us. It's something that we said coming into the season, we've got to stop the run. It'll be a challenge for us."
Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 2:26pm
Coach Mike Munchak holds the Titans' offensive line responsible for the lack of production.
“As a group, for the limited time we had to run it, we didn't block well. We were very average and inconsistent and that's where you go when you do that for eight carries,” Munchak said. “I'm not going to give any excuses. We would have liked to have had more opportunities, and that's my fault. So if you only get 10 carries, you've got to do a much better job than we did with 10 carries. So that starts with the offensive line, and anytime you have this conversation, it starts with them. They know that, and we need to do better than that.”
“Obviously, we still had eight or nine other shots and everything was one or two yards. So again, I'm disappointed,” Munchak said. “We've got to find a way to make some runs. I thought we would run the ball better. I wish we had 30 carries, but we didn't. We didn't earn the right for 30 carries. You have to get more than one or two yards to get a chance to do it more often.”
T Khalif Barnes (shoulder), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), S Michael Huff (ankle), K Sebastian Janikowski (left hamstring), LB Rolando McClain (ankle), S Michael Mitchell (ankle), S Chinedum Ndukwe (knee), C Samson Satele (knee), DT Richard Seymour (ankle)
San Diego Chargers
DE Luis Castillo (tibia), G Kris Dielman (concussion)
WR Malcom Floyd (hip), LB Shaun Phillips (foot)
Friday, November 4, 2011, 10:13am
“I’m still the same,” Johnson told Rome. “I’m still hungry because like honestly I feel like I just got this big contract but if God is willing to let me continue playing all these years and things like that I still want another contract. . . . I feel like if I wasn’t playing hard and laying down, the coaches and the players they would have had something to say about it. They can see I’m practicing as hard as I can practice and I’m playing very hard.
“I know for a fact I’m the same guy. Throughout workouts and things like that, same speed. When things are not working out how they had been working out a lot of people like to point to I’m not the same guy, not as explosive, lost a step, things like that. I can assure you that’s not what’s going on right now.”
So what’s going on? Johnson acknowledged that he struggled early in the season because he wasn’t ready to hit the ground sprinting when his holdout ended.
“I feel I came in not in football shape,” Johnson said. “Like I was in shape but not in football shape. So I feel like I’ve been in football shape for a couple weeks now, so I don’t feel like that’s the reason why the running game’s not where it’s supposed to be at right now.”
Still, Johnson offered no explanation for his lingering inability to perform like he has in the past, even though he’s now supposedly in football shape. Watching him play, he seems to not have that same ability to blast through a hole and rocket to the end zone, outrunning even any defensive backs who initially appeared to have an angle on him.
Thursday, November 3, 2011, 12:12pm
Sterling Sharpe on Chris Johnson's struggles this season...
“They’re giving him opportunities,” Sharpe said Wednesday. ”The Chris Johnson that we’re used to seeing, I don’t know why we’re not seeing him. I can’t put my finger on it, and when you talk to the Tennessee Titans, they don’t know what it is either.”
“Usually, when he got one on one, he could make a guy miss and it was going to be electric. Now he’s just curling up in a ball and looking for the softest spot on the field to lay down,” Sharpe added. “I honestly can’t help Tennessee fix this problem.”
Monday, October 31, 2011, 4:51pm
Mike Munchak said again "Chris Johnson is our starter and nothing has changed."
The Titans would now seem to have a full-blown running back controversy — or a brand-new rotation, depending on how you look at it — on their hands after Javon Ringer saw the most extensive action of his three-year career.
Chris Johnson and Ringer finished with 14 carries apiece against the Colts, but Ringer was more effective both on the ground and through the air. He totaled 60 rushing yards (4.3 average) to Johnson’s 34 (2.4), and made five catches for 42 yards as opposed to Johnson’s three for 17 yards.
Johnson spent much of the second half on the sideline. He would carry just six times for 20 yards over the final two quarters — just once for 5 yards in the fourth quarter.
“In general, we knew we were going to give both guys a chance to get reps and get some plays,” Coach Mike Munchak said. “It was just a matter of how we rotated them. There really wasn’t much thought to it. It was just more or less how the game was going.”
This is certainly bad news for Chris Johnson owners, who were looking at this game as a chance for him to bust out and get back on track. However, a split, or rotation of RBs, make both Ringer and Johnson no more than flex options, at least heading into next week.
Monday, October 24, 2011, 10:58am
Much of the focus continued to be on running back Chris Johnson. Limited to 18 yards on 10 carries, and booed for much of the game.
Asked about the state of the rushing attack, Johnson insisted he is not the problem. Since signing a $53.5 million contract extension in September, however, he has 268 yards and is on pace to finish with a career-worst 715.
Johnson didn’t call out the offensive line, but said he’s 100 percent physically after holding out for all of training camp and is doing everything the same way he did while leading the NFL in rushing yards over his first three seasons.
“I feel like I’ve been back,’’ Johnson said. “I can’t say that that’s the problem with the running game.”
Johnson has been killing fantasy owners and not even playing as an RB2 for most of this season. At this point, owners may have no choice but to stick with him in hopes he can turn it around, but the signs just haven't been there that it's happening anytime soon.
Sunday, October 16, 2011, 3:06pm
WR Louis Murphy is active.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 1:42pm
“That’s his style,” Munchak said Monday. “He is not going to change the way he does things.”
The Titans aren’t having the same kind of success in the run game that they did during Johnson’s first three seasons, however. With the offense ranked last in the NFL in rushing yards per game, Munchak wants to see improvement when the Titans return to action after their bye week.
“He needs to play better, we need to block better,” the coach said. “We all know that. When he is having 50 yards per game, that is not going to cut it. He is a great player and he needs to play great, and right now that’s not happening.”
Monday, October 10, 2011, 4:56pm