Posts Tagged ‘Chris Johnson’

When will the Tennessee Titans show CJ the money?

February 3, 2010

In a topsy-turvy season filled with high and lows, there was one constant for the Tennessee Titans in 2009: the dominating performance by Every Coach’s Dream a.k.a. Chris Johnson.

CJ was a consistent ray of light as he trotted past the 2,000 yard rushing mark in ’09. In only two seasons in the NFL, he’s been everything the Titans dreamed and envisioned when they shocked the world (outside of Frank Wycheck) by selecting him with pick #24 in the 2008 draft.

With two years served in a modest $12 million rookie contract, CJ has hopes of becoming the league’s highest paid-back in the not-so-distant future.

When will the typically frugal Titan front office step up and reward Johnson with the new contract he probably deserves? (more…)

2010 Senior Bowl: Possible Tennessee Titan draft options

January 29, 2010

Tomorrow, Mobile, Alabama will play host to its annual all-star game that showcases the talents of college football’s best and brightest senior NFL draft prospects.

The Senior Bowl is an excellent opportunity for NFL teams to get a head-start in the lengthy evaluation process that culminates with April’s NFL Draft.

Let’s take a look at a few Senior Bowl participants who could emerge as potential draft targets for the Tennessee Titans. (more…)

The Tennessee Titans’ 2009 report card: Offense

January 11, 2010
Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans

David Stewart is the Titans best o-lineman. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans

Now that the season is over, it’s time to review the players’ performance over the last three months. We’ve been doing that, of course, on an ongoing basis but not yet for the entire season.
 
These grades are only for offensive plays and do not include players’ performance on special teams, which will be in a separate article. The grades are followed by comments based upon my observations over the course of the season.
 
It all starts with the guys up front, so we’ll start there.
 
Offensive line: They paved the way for Chris Johnson’s record setting season and allowed only 15 sacks. That doesn’t mean they were all great. (more…)

2009 Tennessee Titans surprise performers

January 10, 2010

Let’s continue our “Damn the offseason, full speed ahead!” approach at Total Titans by taking a look at which Tennessee Titans stepped up with surprise showings last year.

This post will serve as part I in a two-part series of articles that will highlight the players who emerged as unexpected successes and the Titans’ biggest disappointments last season.

Cue the drumroll, please….Up next, the five biggest surprises for the Tennessee Titans in 2009. (more…)

The Tennessee Titans 2009 year in review

January 4, 2010

Four AFC teams finished the 2009 regular season with 9-7 records. Two of them, the Ravens and Jets, will move on to postseason play. The other two, the Steelers and Texans, are out of the playoff race after losing tiebreakers.

With just one more win, the 8-8 Tennessee Titans could have joined that group at 9-7. Depending on which team they beat to get that one extra win, they might have won a tiebreaker to claim one of those wildcard berths.

Wonderful, just one more win and they might have made the playoffs. Sounds great, right?

Well, it would have been nice, but the fact is the Titans are a very mediocre team. The playoffs would have been a one and done deal. (more…)

CJ eclipses 2,000 in Titans 17-13 victory

January 3, 2010

Let’s give a round of applause to the newest member of the NFL’s 2,000 yard rushing club, Chris Johnson.

CJ finished his unforgettable campaign with 2,006 yards via his 36-carry, 134-yard/2 TD performance in today’s Titan 17-13 victory over the Seahawks.

Much more on CJ and the team’s season-ending win at Seattle…after the jump. (more…)

A final pregame look at Chris Johnson vs the Seahawks

January 3, 2010

Chris Johnson seeks to make NFL history. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans

Chris Johnson seeks to make NFL history. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans

I thought I’d take a final look at the Seahawks defense before today’s Tennessee Titans – Seattle Seahawks game and in particular, compare some of their stats with Chris Johnson’s.

First, the Seahawks have, by most measurements, an average, or slightly above average rushing defense. Seattle is 14th against the run in yards per game and in a tie for 15th in yards per carry.

Also, as Vince Verhei noted in this week’s question and answer session with Drexel, Seattle is 13th in run defense DVOA, slightly above average.

The Seahawks didn’t fare too well last week in Green Bay. The Packers rushed 32 times for 153 yards (4.8 avg) and 5 TDs. It should be noted Green Bay has a good run team, rushing for 4.4 ypc, which is in a tie for eighth in the league. (more…)

Titans/Seahawks Q&A with Vince Verhei

January 2, 2010

In preparation for tomorrow’s season-ender between the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks, I exchanged emails with Seahawks aficionado Vince Verhei.

In addition to his Seattle allegiance, Vince authored the Seahawks’ team chapter in Football Outsiders Almanac 2009 while also contributing a weekly column to ESPN Insider regarding each week’s biggest upset.

Our questions and answers…after the jump. (more…)

Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks preview

December 30, 2009

The Seattle Seahawks, who will host the Tennessee Titans this week, are not a good team. They’re now a team with a 5-10 record on a three-game losing streak.

If not for a very weak schedule, the Seahawks could easily be 2-13 right now. Two of their wins came against the cellar dwellers in their division, the St. Louis Rams. Titans fans saw how bad the Lambs were in Week Fourteen, in a 47-7 mismatch.

Another Seahawk win was against the 2-13 Detroit Lions. Hey, somebody had to win that game and fortune smiled on the home team that day. Fortune did not smile on the homestanding Seahawks two weeks ago, as they were upset by the then 1-12 Bucs. (more…)

Kevin Mawae’s HoF chances will benefit from a Chris Johnson 2,000-yard season

December 30, 2009

Kevin Mawae may be best remembered because of Chris Johnson. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans.

Kevin Mawae may be best remembered because of Chris Johnson. Photo by Andrew Strickert for Total Titans.

Pop quiz time. Which of the following things do you know Joe DeLamielleure for the most?

A. His advocacy for retired NFL players benefits.
B. He’s in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
C. He led the “Electric Company,” the o-line which turned on the juice for O. J. “the Juice” Simpson.

DeLamielleure’s bio on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website says:

“Best known as lead blocker for O. J. Simpson, NFL’s first 2000-yard rusher”

Will this year’s Titans o-line be best known for paving the way for whatever records Chris Johnson sets this season? (more…)