Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is entering his late twenties and the “is he in decline” debate is coming and awaiting him if he begins to struggle next season. Former Broncos tailback and current NFL Network analyst Terrell Davis thinks he isn’t in decline, just that he isn’t putting forth his best effort.
“When I watch film, I don’t see the effort in him,” Davis told the Tennessean. “And I never, ever want to question somebody’s effort. But … the tape, it doesn’t lie. And I don’t see the desire I saw when he was Chris Johnson, the no-big-contract Chris Johnson.
“I see times when maybe he is not getting as many yards as he could. He could break a few more tackles, and maybe hit the hole a little harder at times.”
Johnson rushed for 1,077 yards on 279 carries, which works out to a career low average of 3.9 yards per carry. His yardage total was also the second lowest of his career, but his two best season saw him get north of 300 carries. His 2,000 yard season came with 358 carries, so that could play a role too.