Gerald Riggs, a legendary NFL RB who now hosts a talk show in Chattanooga, TN, made some local waves yesterday for outright saying that Johnson's play hasn't shown much swagger, passion, heart or confidence lately. I don't think any of that comes from selfishness or lack of effort on CJ's part. It's more believable to me that he doesn't know how to get that spark back because it's probably the first time in his life he's lost it.
The only guy with even a vague chance of pushing CJ for the starting spot, Javon Ringer, was finally let out of the hospital yesterday after being admitted with an elbow infection last Friday. No word yet on when Ringer will be cleared to play, but it almost certainly won't happen this week.
Colin McCarthy may not be able to play on Sunday thanks to his bum ankle, but Gray says he'll encourage the star MLB to work as a coach and leader on the sideline ala Ray Ray last year.
The only Titans defensive back to fare worse was the maddening Michael Griffin. For all his talent, this game was a textbook case of the safety's inconsistency. He aggressively bit on play action fakes and over-ran tackles, continually putting Tennessee's defense in bad positions en route to a -6.6 overall grade.
Jerry Gray finally spoke about the surprise move to cut Panel Egboh, and it doesn't sound like Gray was a fan of the decision but the front office made the call anyway.