Chris Johnson is a fast human being who talks even faster than he runs. Usually that means saying things you later regret but the thing about Johnson is he seems to mean everything he says. The running back was unapologetic when he threw his offensive line under the bus as an excuse for his poor performance in 2011 but despite this he remains the Tennessee Titans’ most deadly weapon.
It’s because of this that the Titans have apparently shifted more heavily to a run-first offense and it’s something Johnson is expecting to see and is looking forward to being a part of in 2013.
“Basically we’re learning a new playbook right now and there’s a lot of different things going in,” Johnson said, via the Nashville City Paper. “It’s something we should have a good time doing.”
Johnson said that the tam tried to become a more pass-happy offense in 2012 but the former 2,000 yard back quickly brushed that off as an afterthought and said that the team has recognized that he’s the star and that it’s a run-first type of team.
“Last year,” Johnson continued, “We basically were trying to turn into like a passing team. Coming in this year [we know] it’s going to be a run-first offense.”
It’s sort of strange to hear a running back talking about his offense in such a self-centered way but we’ve mostly all grown accustomed to Johnson’s way of conducting his business and he appears set to bounce back in 2013 and return to the elite back he used to be. Only time will tell if a run-first approach works but the Titans made moves to upgrade their offensive line this offseason so Johnson may be able to back up his words with outstanding play this season.