Tennessee Titans star Chris Johnson is very happy with the team’s reconstruction of its interior offensive line this off-season. The running back knew they were going after guard Andy Levitre in free agency, but was pleasantly surprised when they addressed the other guard position by Alabama’s Chance Warmack with the 10thoverall selection.
“I was like ‘Thank God’,” Johnson told Jim Rome on his radio program. “[It showed] they’re trying to put somebody in front of me and opening some more holes for me.”
As excited as he was for offensive line help, Johnson wasn’t pleased when the team signed running back Shonn Greene.
“I didn’t like the move, I didn’t think it was a smart move,” said Johnson of his initial impression. “[But] that’s because of being too quick to say things and not really knowing the whole objectives of things. Once the off-season started, being here, being in the playbook and seeing the type of things they’re trying to do, I don’t think it was really a bad choice. I’m not worried about him taking any carries.”
If the addition of Greene costs Johnson goal line carries, it’s something he will deal with like he’s had to his entire career and adjust his goals.
“At the end of the day you want to stay in there,” the 2009 AP Offensive Player of the Year said. “[But] I’d rather have 2,000 yards than have 20 touchdowns, so you got to take the good with the bad.”
As for that 2,000 yard mark, which he surpassed in 2009, Johnson says he still has more of that where it came from.
“I know I have another 2,000 yard season in me,” said Johnson. “I would love to get 2,000 yards again, but I haven’t been to the playoffs since my rookie year, I want to get back there.”
And one more thing – he’s still got his wheels. When Rome asked the 27-year-old if he’s lost any of his world class speed, Johnson fired back: “Have I been caught yet?”