If there's one thing you could pretty much always count on saying at the end of a Titans season while Jeff Fisher was the coach, it's that the running backs had a pretty good year. The bar was set freakishly high after Chris Johnson's 2009 season, where he smashed the totals yards from scrimmage record and topped 2,000 yards. 2010 wasn't full of the whirlwind, huge plays we saw last year, but there was still a whole hell of a lot to like once you look a little closer.
One spot where CJ is being beyond wasted is in the passing game. That's a hell of a thing to say about a guy who led the team in receptions with 44, but his 5.6 yards per catch was the worst of anyone to catch a pass for the Titans this year. He pretty much only gets the ball in the flat, where teams aren't stupid enough to leave him uncovered, or standing where the center used to be. Nothing creative, and its just pointless hits for him to take. CJ has the moves and the hands to do serious damage in a scheme that utilizes screen plays, but we haven't seen that at all. It's a tough thing to analyze from the outside, but the problem could have had nothing to do with CJ: the screen game requires great timing between the QB and the O-line, along with consistent precision on short passes from the QB. Among the many things we haven't had out of the QB position lately is accuracy on short passes.
We're going to see some different things out of this offense next year; certainly because of the coaching shake-ups, and hopefully because of personnel changes in the middle of the o-line. One thing I'd really like to see is CJ and the entire o-line around for all of the voluntary activities. They need to get back some rhythm, and familiarity is the only way it's going to happen.
Javon Ringer: Did you almost forget about Ringer? So did his coaches, apparently. After looking like a stud in the preseason, Ringer saw only 51 rushing attempts all season. Where he did get a lot of reps was as a pass blocker. By the end of the season he'd established himself as more of a 3rd down blocker than anything else. It's a damned shame too, because he's done pretty well in the few chances he's been given so far.
Ahmard Hall: The Sarge put up another solid season, though he didn't have the crushing impact we've seen him have in the past. He showed nice hands and made a few plays in the passing game, but it's blocking where he makes his money. Unfortunately even the best FBs in the game can't make-up for occasionally horrendous o-line play, and that really marred Hall's 2010 season.