Why can't MeJ let his time in Tennessee go? Rich Cimini has an article today on ESPN.com where Chris Johnson says the play calling in Tennessee was predictable:
"When I was in Tennessee, a lot of the plays when the offensive coordinator was calling them, they were predictable," Johnson told ESPN.com on Wednesday. "Everybody could tell what was coming. With Marty [Mornhinweg], the plays aren't predictable."
I think we would all agree that there is some truth to what he is saying. The Titans weren't the most exotic team on offense, but let's not pretend that was the reason for MeJ's decline.
First off, he didn't try as hard after he got the money. He showed up to camp that first year out of shape, and anyone with knowledge of what went on with the team will tell you that Johnson wasn't as invested after the big contract.
Secondly, and along the same lines, MeJ left yards on the field in the last couple of years. We have seen plenty of examples where he would just miss the hole because he was looking to hit a home run instead of taking what was there.
Thirdly, MeJ never had an interest in catching the ball out of the backfield. That hurt the team. He should have been a huge weapon in that facet of the game, but he wasn't....because he simply didn't want to be.
This is my last post on Chris Johnson. He had some good years here, but I am glad that he is gone. This TEAM will be better for it.