To say that 2011 was a "fall from grace" for Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson would be an understatement.
After posting just the sixth 2,000-yard season in NFL history in 2009, Johnson barely surpassed the 1,000-yard mark last season. This was after the speedy back held out in training camp for a bigger contract, based on his self-proclaimed status as "the best running back in the NFL."
Well, Johnson got paid, to the tune of $53.5 million just before last year, but it certainly did not lead to yards and touchdowns—reaching paydirt just four times. This is not exactly the type of production you'd expect from a No. 1 rusher.
It seems Johnson has a short memory, once again proclaiming himself the best tailback in the NFL, according to an interview with Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean on Sunday. The jury is out on whether or not he's still on par with the likes of Arian Foster, Ray Rice and Maurice-Jones Drew, but one thing's for sure—he's got his work cut out for himself.
He will have an entire offseason and training camp to get right with his own game and his teammates, but after today's proclamation, the media spotlight just began to shine a bit brighter.
So, is CJ2K the best running back in the league? The Bleacher Report guys debate.