Chris Johnson set for surgery

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  1. Kaeotik

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    NEWARK, N.J. — Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk has some advice for Chris Johnson:
    Don’t even think about taking a pay cut, and allow yourself to imagine the grass could be greener playing somewhere else in 2014.
    Former Broncos star Terrell Davis, meanwhile, questioned whether the Titans running back has been playing as hard as he did earlier in his career.
    Faulk and Davis — running backs who played for Super Bowl-winning teams — were asked about Johnson on Tuesday during the media blitz for Super Bowl XLVIII.
    About the same time in Pensacola, Fla., Johnson was having surgery to repair a torn meniscus he suffered early in the 2013 season. Recovery time is expected to be about a month.
    He sent out a message on Twitter: “Hello world surgery went perfect now lets get on the grind.”
    With Johnson scheduled to make $8 million in 2014, there’s a good chance his days with the Titans will end. Last month he told The Tennessean he has no plans to take a pay cut just to remain with the team that drafted him in 2008.
    Johnson is coming off a season of 1,077 yards, the second-worst total of his career. Faulk, however, said the sixth-year pro has plenty left in the tank.
    “He needs to find a new team. If they don’t want to pay you and they don’t want you, you find a new team. There are 31 other teams out there,” said Faulk, who rushed for 12,279 yards in his 13-year career. “Chris Johnson, what he has done over the years doesn’t happen by mistake. And it should speak volumes about him knowing that he played with a torn meniscus most of the year. You can’t question his durability as a player.
    “So he has earned his money. Did they give him more money when he rushed for 2,000 yards, or did he have to (hold) out? That’s why you don’t take a pay cut.”
    Johnson has 7,965 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns. He broke Faulk’s all-purpose yardage record for a season in 2009, when he posted 2,006 rushing yards and 503 receiving yards.
    “This business is about championships and money. If you want to take a discount, go play with the Patriots,” Faulk said. “That is a team that will take pride in people who take discounts and they treat them well.”
    Davis, a two-time Super Bowl winner, said Johnson hasn’t been the same player since 2011, when he signed a four-year, $53.5 million contract extension.
    So is Johnson still worth banking on?
    “I believe he still has something in the tank,” said Davis, who, like Faulk, is an analyst for NFL Network. “To me, it is more about his desire to want to do it. We’ve seen his talent, and he can still do what he wants to do. If you question anything about him it is about whether he has the desire to be great, when things are ugly. Are you willing to bang your head against the wall if the wall is not breaking down? To me, he doesn’t have that.
    “When I watch film, I don’t see the effort in him. 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 ran for a career-low 1,047 yards in 2011 after the contract extension and bounced back with 1,243 yards in 2012.
    From 2008-10 under coach Jeff Fisher, he accumulated 4,598 yards with a 4.9-yard average. The past three seasons under coach Mike Munchak, Johnson amassed 3,367 yards on a 4.12 average. The Titans recently hired Ken Whisenhunt to replace Munchak.
    “Maybe that’s the break he needed,” said Davis, who rushed for 7,607 yards in seven seasons. “My message is for anybody: This game doesn’t last for long, and you need to take advantage of it. Be as good as you can be, and don’t look back and say I wish I had done this.
    “Just come to work and play as hard as you can. And be proud the day you walk away and hang your cleats up.”
    Coaching hire: The Titans announced the hiring of Mike Sullivan as an assistant under offensive line coach Bob Bostad.
    Sullivan was the offensive line coach for the Browns this season after four years as the Chargers offensive line coach.
    The Browns sent two linemen — tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack — to the Pro Bowl this season. Chargers guard Kris Dielman earned three Pro Bowl invitation’s during Sullivan’s stretch in San Diego.

    http://www.tennessean.com/article/2...142/Former-NFL-stars-debate-CJ-s-value-effort
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    See. Us "CJ Haters" aren't hating because we don't like him. We see the same tape that Davis is watching
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  3. JR1980

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    I see both points, and they are both right. CJ has certainly been durable, and he also hasn't been running as hard as others since 2011. At the end of the day, you can have all of the potential in the world, but if it isn't working here, then it just simply isn't working. Personally, I am tired of the bs surrounding him. If you want the money bro, and think you can do better elsewhere, hey, go for it.
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    Ah. So his best quality can't really be used that well in the position he plays. So why is it so good then? What is he the best at besides being fast?
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  5. Two Kings

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    Well said
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    I mean am I wrong to think this way bro? Maybe this will actually work out for both him and the Titans. It wouldn't be the first time that something like that happened. Just throwing it out there.
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    Worked real well when the team ensured great blocking and solid running schemes. Since that changed, so did CJ's effectiveness. Being fast probably is the only CJ is the best at, but that was plenty when we had Heimerdinger at OC, Munch at O-Line coach, Mawae and younger versions of Roos and Stewart. The team allowed their running game to go in the tank. CJ plays a role in that, but he's been used in a fashion that seriously hinders his talents for 3 years now.
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    Except Davis made no utterly ridiculous assertion that CJ isn't even fast anymore. Davis has more sense than that. Just sayin.
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    Well I call BS on that. You don't get paid top money for your position and go around saying your the top at your position when you need everything and the moon to align for you to be great.

    Great players find ways to win and excel even through adversity. All cj has done has mailed it in since adversity started poking its head in Nashville
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    Mike munchak has gone on record as saying cj has lost a step as well as other columnist. If you are too blind to see that a rb after years of playing isn't as fast as he used to be then, well, you are just in denial.
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