Getting a handle on defending CJ2K

We’ve been witness to some vintage Chris Johnson in the first half of the Titans/Raiders tilt.

Johnson had 113 yards rushing on 12 carries at the half, including a 76-yard touchdown where he was looking over his shoulder for the final 20 yards to see if any defenders were even close.

Marshall Faulk, who is providing some instant analysis while watching the game, pointed out that Johnson is a patient runner. He’s not just a cut-back runner, he’s a crease runner and he’ll take the play-side gap if that’s what is available. This is what makes Johnson difficult to defend. Plus, the Titans have a very good line.

Watching the replay with Coach Mooch, he says the best (would the more appropriate word be “only?”) way to defend Johnson is for the front seven or eight defenders to beat their man, get off the blocks and swarm to the ball.

“If you stay blocked, you’re a goner,” Mooch says.

Easier said than done.

I’m also not forgetting that Jamie Dukes called it out months ago that CJ will go 2K again this season.

– Frank Tadych

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