KAPOLEI, Hawaii — First Chris Johnson lost his quarterback and good friend, Vince Young, when the Titans decided earlier this month to release him after a tumultuous season and full-blown feud with coach Jeff Fisher.
Now, with Thursday’s sudden announcement that Fisher and the team are parting ways after 16 seasons, Johnson’s trip to paradise has been hindered by the bewilderment of what the heck is going on back in Tennessee.
“I didn’t ever think this was going to come about,” Johnson said. “I thought we weren’t going to have Vince, so Fisher was going to be there. So I’m not sure (what happened).”
Even when Johnson last spoke with Fisher shortly before his departure for Honolulu, there was no inkling of this happening.
“Everything was good when I talked to him about the Pro Bowl,” Johnson said. “He didn’t mention anything like that.”
The situation is what it is, and now Johnson is left to wonder what changes will be made for a franchise that is clearly in shambles. He’s hopeful this madness is happening for the right reasons.
“I’m pretty sure that the reasons why they’re making some of the decisions that they’re making… they can’t come in here and not make the right decisions,” Johnson said. “I’m sure they’ll put a lot of people around me, a lot of people around our defense to make us a successful team.”
As for Johnson’s personal situation and desire for a new contract, well, he understands there are bigger issues with the team at the moment.
“I think right now I’m not even their main concern,” Johnson said. “Their main concern is to get a quarterback and a head coach. I feel like I’ll get taken care of when the time is right.”