CJ says Fisher-Young split best thing for Titans' future

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 11:05pm
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Chris Johnson reiterated Wednesday what was obvious weeks ago to anyone who followed the Tennessee Titans during the 2010 season.

In an NFL Network interview with former running back Marshall Faulk from the day’s Pro Bowl practice, Johnson said that coach Jeff Fisher and quarterback Vince Young needed to part ways.

“I feel like a lot of things went on this year that hurt our season,” Johnson said. “I don’t think both of those guys would have been able to be on the same team the next year ... and us have a successful year.”

He did concede that the very public rift between the coach and quarterback had a negative effect on the team’s ability to prepare and play.

“When you have something like that, it’s the sort of thing you really can’t block out for too long,” Johnson said. “When it finally hit the fan, it was the sort of thing where Vince went on IR and he wasn’t in the locker room so it was kind of just Fish there, but things were still going on.”

Young started eight of the first nine games but spent the final six weeks on injured reserve following thumb surgery. Tennessee lost eight of its last nine games and finished 6-10.

In the days following the season, owner Bud Adams said the team intended to cut ties with Young, a first-round draft pick (third overall) in 2006.

“It was crazy,” Johnson said. “At the beginning, when he was there, we were 5-2. Then he got hurt. Then after he started playing, it kind of went downhill. That was a thing, and there were a lot of other distractions. I just feel as a team we have to learn to block those distractions out and when Sunday comes we have to play as a team and execute all the plays we are running.

“Without Vince there, it’s going to be kind of crazy, but I wish him the best and we have to move on.”

Johnson touched on several other subjects as well, including:

• His future goals: “My goal is still to run for 2,000 [yards].”

• The opportunity to play in the Pro Bowl for the third time in as many seasons as a professional: “It just feels good to be out here with all the best in the league, competing and trying to go out here and get a win.”

• Any discussions between Johnson and Houston’s Arian Foster, the league’s rushing champions in 2009 and 2010, respectively: “There’s not a lot of trash talk right now — it’s AFC versus NFC. I’m sure we’ll have that talk before we leave.”

5 Comments on this post:

By: cookeville on 1/27/11 at 9:28

I guess Bud's ties to Fisher were too strong to let him go also. Well, either that or Bud has stronger ties to his money! lol

By: not_guilty on 1/27/11 at 2:24

Chris Johnson is an outstanding running back, but it is disappointing that he is once again identifying his goal as a rushing yards total. The Titans would be better served by someone whose goal is for the team to win the Super Bowl.

By: gapch51 on 1/27/11 at 2:43

CJ was referring to his personal goals, not goals for the team

By: wayneCaluger on 1/27/11 at 3:51

By: cookeville I guess Bud's ties to Fisher were too strong to let him go also.

This was a hedge bet by Bud knowing if there was no CBA he would have had to pay Fisher to sit at home. Since Fisher contract goes through 2011had he cut him loose and a CBA happens Bud would have to pay for two head coaches.

Had Bud not pulled the trap door string on VY with Fisher having a contract clause regarding players, no doubt Fisher would have invoked it calling the Titans in breech, sat home in 2011collecting his money. Keeping VY under the circumstances would have made it difficult to find a good replacement head coach.

I would not be surprised if a CBA is reached Bud might cut Fisher loose early. In the shape the team is now in you are looking at several years of rebuilding.

By: gapch51 CJ was referring to his personal goals, not goals for the team

This is another issue that will have to addressed. CJ is not an every down back and the offense should not be geared around CJ getting the ball on first and second down and sometimes third so he can break personal records.

Titans needs a short yardage back like Blount they let go, a Eddie George style to make holes in the line, break tackles and get the team that TD on short and goal.

I feel there is reason to be concerned if the Titans picked up a physically strong running back CJ would become a disruption if he was not the every down back.

On any other team CJ would be considered more for returns or perhaps in certain situations like draws or screens and perhaps a few run plays.

I just see more issues down the road with any player with a what's in it for personally open attitude. Looking at the teams that made the playoff's, championship and now Super Bowl they were without open diva's and on-going drama.

like said, we are now Oakland East.

By: jwk6179 on 1/27/11 at 6:45

Chris Johnson has always been MORE CONCERNED about his OWN STATS than those of the teams. He was much more UPSET about being left of the AFC Pro Bowl Team than he was about the Titans being eliminated from the playoffs just days earlier. He would much rather rush for 2500 yards on a team that goes 0-16 or 1-15 than to rush for 1100 yards on a team that WINS THE SUPER BOWL!!!!! The only goals that CONCERN CHRIS JOHNSON are his rushing yards, not his teams success.