Chris Johnson will be dumped in the offseason. No more argument, it's gonna happen. But it shouldn'y have happened. Chris Johnson is not supposed to be a bad running back, and to me, he still can. CJ2K is no more, a victim of circumstance to the dumpster-fire running scheme of Chris Palmer.
To analyze the downfall of CJ2K, you must start in 2010. LenDale White
was traded to Seattle, ending the reign of "Smash and Dash". Johnson, coming down off his 2,006 yard year, was on his own. Rushed for 1,364 yards, rather average. All of this under the eye of the late, great Mike Heimerdinger, who tragically came down with cancer, and left when Munch came in.
Enter the train wreck known as Chris Palmer. The original head coach of the expansion Browns
, Palmer, having been fired from all previous jobs, was plucked from the UFL's Hartford Colonials, where his ship had sank, to become the OC for the new Titan regieme. That was the backstory. Now, Palmer is the kerosene to our five-alarm fire. He insists upon havin CJ gut it up the middle, instead of running a route parallel and past the line. CJ has absolutely no tackle-breaking ability, and under Palmer, has shown a drastic reduction in deciding what route to run and what hole to hit.CJ cannot be Smash and Dash, he can only be Dash. I am not suggesting we bring back LenDale, but we needed to bring in a Smash. I say "needed" because it is too late for CJ, brought down by the albatross of Palmer. I know this is obvious, but hindsight is 20/20.