Titans RB Chris Johnson wanted to assure his fans that he was going to have a wonderful October. And he did it the way that most people communicate these days, 140 characters at a time via Twitter.
Johnson wrote the following:
“I wnt 2 let all my fantasy ppl & myfans kno not 2 worry ima have a gr8 oct its tkng a little time 2 adjust 2 the 8 n 9 inthe box #NOPRESSURE.”
(And for you East Carolina graduates ready to toss away your diplomas, fearing that Johnson’s grap — or lack of it — has made your degree worthless, don’t. That is just the way these kids communicate.)
And, really, was that eight- or nine-men in the box comment really a blast at QB Vince Young? Because it certainly can be viewed that way. Johnson also should not be one to start casting stones, either.
Johnson has not been a complete, Matt Forte-like bust as a top-two pick in most fantasy drafts. But Johnson has had one solid outing followed by one clunker. As consistent as a coin flip.
You have to admire Johnson’s confidence, but can it be a reality? The Titans take on the Cowboys, Jaguars, Eagles and Chargers in October. Three of those teams are in the top 12 against the run. Plus the evidence was there that guys who rush for 2,000 yards in one season tend to struggle the following year. So maybe there is a little “#pressure.”
I know those who drafted Johnson would like to see some more consistent results. Not that you would ever bench him. But come on. Enough tweeting, and more rushing.
— Adam Rank