Grading the 2011 Tennessee Titans: Running Backs

ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 04: Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans scores his second touchdown of the game in the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

You probably already know where this post is going. Chris Johnson was away from the team until the week before the season opener in Jacksonville. I foolishly thought that it was not that big of a deal for Johnson to miss all of that time. It turned out that it was as it would take him 10 weeks to get two 100 yard games.

Granted, all of that was not his fault. The offensive line was bad, and they will get a post of their own soon, but some of the problems throughout the year were on CJ. He was indecisive on a lot of runs and looked a step slower than earlier in his career.

He ended the season with 1,047 yards. That means he averaged 65 yards per game. That is not getting it done when you are the second highest paid running back in the NFL.

There is no doubt that Chris Johnson will benefit from a full offseason program with Chris Palmer. There are a variety of ways that CJ can be used that have not been explored yet because he has not been around.

Javon Ringer and Jamie Harper also carried the ball during the season, and neither of them were able to find very much success.

Grade: D

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