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Chris Johnson: Titans playcalling was predictable

Chris-Johnson-JetsAll aboard the Chris Johnson hype train. Johnson will turn 29 next month and has been an average to below-average player for the past several seasons. We have not seen the explosive running back that was nicknamed CJ2K for about four years now, but Johnson’s recent struggles are not his fault. Just ask him.

Johnson, who is feeling revived with the New York Jets, told Rich Cimini of ESPN.com on Wednesday that the playcalling was too predictable when he was in Tennessee.

“When I was in Tennessee, a lot of the plays when the offensive coordinator was calling them, they were predictable,” he said. “Everybody could tell what was coming. With (Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg), the plays aren’t predictable.”

Johnson’s 2006-yard season came under former Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger. The Titans fired Heimerdinger a year later in 2010 and he lost his battle with cancer a few months after that.

While those who have studied tape will tell you Johnson has rarely given 100% effort over the past few seasons, he blames the scheme.

“It’s crazy, because after (Heimerdenger left), I bounced around from all different types of offensive coordinators,” Johnson said. “It just didn’t work out. … I had three or four coordinators who just didn’t put me in the right position. They didn’t put me in the right situations.

“Nothing against those guys [in Tennessee]. Those guys had their offense and things they liked to do. … A lot of times, some of the things we were doing were so predictable. That made it tough on the players, not just myself. It’s something you have to go through. I’m not making excuses or blaming anybody. You just have to deal with the cards that are given to you.”

Johnson added that Mornhinweg puts “playmakers in position to make plays” and that he expects the 2014 season to be much different for him. If you want to believe him and use a fantasy football pick on him, go for it. Just remember that Johnson has literally blamed everyone but himself for his well-documented tumble for the top of the running back world.

Chris Johnson thinks Titans cut him late just to be ‘nasty’

Chris JohnsonFrom the moment Ken Whisenhunt was hired to be the next head coach of the Tennessee Titans, it appeared obvious Chris Johnson had played his last snap with the team. Whisenhunt stopped short of ever publicly endorsing Johnson and Johnson had already stated he would never take a pay cut to stay in Tennessee, so the writing was on the wall.

For some reason, the Titans waited until three weeks after the free agency period opened to release CJ?K. They could have been taking some time to make a final decision, but Johnson believes they deliberately dragged their heels to mess with him.

“I think they was just being nasty to be honest,” Johnson told Sirius XM NFL Radio’s Alex Marvez and Keith Bulluck on Tuesday, via Pro Football Talk. “I love Tennessee, I love my fans and all that, but I think at the end of the day [the Titans] did me wrong.

“And I don’t know if it was, ‘Oh, we’re gonna get revenge back on you for holding out’ when I held out the whole training camp [in 2011] or whatever. I feel like they already knew they were going in a different direction, and it just baffles me that you release me after free agency is over and you wait until a couple days [before] it’s time to show up for offseason workouts to let me go.”

As PFT’s Mike Florio noted, the Titans likely held onto Johnson for a few weeks because they were hoping to trade him. A trade was a long shot given Johnson’s $8 million salary and how obvious it was that Tennessee wasn’t keeping him, but it was worth a shot. Did they care that they were hampering Johnson’s ability to negotiate with other teams? Of course not.

Whatever the case, Johnson believes the Titans will regret giving him his walking papers.

“I’m gonna make them regret letting me go,” Johnson said. “They’re gonna regret it. Trust that.”

That’s not going to happen. The Titans know what Johnson is capable of. He’s one of the most explosive backs in the league and could easily run for 1,500 yards this season. But even if he does, that doesn’t necessarily mean he was going to give it his all and do the same in Tennessee.

Delanie Walker: Mike Munchak lost his job because of ‘cancers’

mike-munchakThe Tennessee Titans looked like they could be in for a good year in 2013 when they started out the season by winning three out of four against quality opponents. Then the wheels fell off and they lost eight of their next ten, closing out the season with two wins that did not mean a whole lot.

Delanie Walker, who set careers highs in receptions (60), yards (571) and touchdowns (6) in his first year with the team, said on Thursday that the Titans had several “cancers” in their locker room that dragged the team down.

“When we started losing more games, we got to see it more and more, it was just like it was falling apart,” Walker told The Midday 180 in Nashville, via ESPN.com. “And the players that were the cancer were dragging other players into that box with them, and the box was getting bigger and bigger. At first, it was just a small box. The box just got bigger and bigger.

“Everybody [saw] it. So I feel like these coaches are going to come in, they’re going to watch film and they’re going to see. They’re going to see what type of players that want to be here and don’t want to be here, and he’s going to get rid of them. I feel that’s what type of coach [recently hired coach Ken Whisenhunt is].”

Walker said there were up to six players who qualified as “cancers,” though he would not say who. He said there were a number of players who wanted out and “didn’t care” if the team won or lost. He also said those players cost Mike Munchak his job after a promising start.

“I felt like that is why Munchak is not back with the Tennessee Titans, because we had players like that that really let him down,” Walker said. “They didn’t show up to play for him. They really didn’t care if Munchak had a job or not.”

While Walker said a lot of the “cancers” had issues with money, you can’t help but think one of the players he was talking about is Chris Johnson. Johnson has blamed his offensive line for struggles and made it clear that he will not take a pay cut to remain in Tennessee. Many believe he will not be back with the Titans next season. I’d be shocked if he wasn’t one of Walker’s six.

Kenny Britt says Tennessee Titans pulling the ‘Jared Cook card’ on him

kenny-britt-titansWe’re only entering Week 3 of the NFL season and Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt is already preparing for life beyond his current team. The former Rutgers standout was benched during a loss to the Houston Texans on Sunday after coaches became frustrated with his lack of effort and carelessness toward blocking. After the game, he sounded annoyed with the decision.

“I’d love to be involved as much as they want me to be, as much as I’ve been in the past,” Britt said, via The Tennessean. “But as the game rolls out, I am there when they need me. “I am not the coordinator and I am not the quarterback — they decide where the ball goes. I am still ready to go. It is a long season and we have a lot of games to go.”

Britt is in the final year of his rookie contract, and Sunday’s benching may have shown him that the team has no interest in bringing him back. On Tuesday, he sent out a tweet comparing his situation to that of former Titans tight end Jared Cook.

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Titans yell ‘f— Terrible Towels’ in locker room after win

Terrible TowelThe Tennessee Titans whooped the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sunday, and they celebrated by disrespecting the iconic Terrible Towel with some profanity.

According to numerous Titans reporters, the Titans were heard yelling f— those Terrible Towels inside the locker room following the 16-9 victory.

There’s actually a lot of history between the Titans and Steelers when it comes to the Terrible Towel. In 2008, LenDale White led a Terrible Towel-stomping movement on the sidelines during a 31-14 Week 16 win. Video below:

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Someone actually camped out to get Tennessee Titans tickets (Video)

David-Cline-TitansThe Tennessee Titans are not as good as they once were. Fans still show up for games and do a great job of supporting the team, but I doubt tickets are all that difficult to come by. In fact, tickets for most Titans games on StubHub start at around $25 at the moment, which is not all that steep for an NFL game. That doesn’t stop David Cline from going all-out to make sure he scores a seat.

There are really no words to describe Cline, who appears to be the only fan who still camps out in front of the Titans’ ticket office in anticipation of single-game tickets going on sale. On Friday morning, WKRN-TV’s Stephanie Langston woke Cline up for one of the most fantastic interviews you will ever see.

“I don’t have a credit card,” Cline replied when Langston asked if he has ever heard of the internet.

Again, no words can do the conversation justice. You just have to watch it. Never change, David Cline. Never change.

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Chris Johnson is not thrilled about the Titans signing Shonn Greene

The Tennessee Titans have decided they are going to stick with Chris Johnson for the immediate future, despite his decrease in production over the last few years. They did, however, bring in a security blanket by signing former New York Jets running back Shonn Greene to a three-year, $10 million contract.

Johnson is pleased that his team has been aggressive in free agency this offseason. But as you might imagine, he sounds a bit flustered by the addition of Greene.

“I have never been a big fan of the two-back system, so I don’t know how we plan on using him,” Johnson said according to The Tennesseean. “I’m not afraid of competition, but I was thinking we’d maybe get a draft pick for the other back. And you don’t give a guy that kind of money to be just a goal-line guy and in tough-yardage situations. So we’ll see what happens.”

Maybe they gave that guy that kind of money because they have no reason to trust Johnson anymore. Or maybe they want to give him some competition so he actually shows up every week. I’m guessing both factored into the decision.

“I’ll just roll with it. Of course I don’t want to carry the ball 30 or 40 times a game,” Johnson continued. “And I don’t mind a guy getting a carry or two. But if I am the main guy and it is supposed to be my team … it shouldn’t be an issue.”

You don’t need to be an NFL scout to know that Greene is nowhere near as talented as Johnson. Rushing for over 2,000 yards is no easy feat, but the Titans running game has not been consistent over the past two seasons. A lot of that has to do with their offensive line (as Johnson has been quick to point out) and scheme, but a lot of it has had to do with Johnson’s lack of effort. If Greene’s presence motivates CJ?K to return to his 2009 form, the Titans will gladly pay him a few million to ride the pine.

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