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Titans star Chris Johnson bursting through the hole
Following the 2011 season, Johnson had many critics wondering whether he would ever play like he did in 2009. But his biggest critic was himself. Johnson stated on multiple occasions his disgust in his performance through out the season.
On the Jim Rome show in June, Johnson was quoted as saying (h/t ProFootballTalk):
I feel like a lot of people have written me off, I still went over 1,000 yards but it wasn’t a CJ2K year. So a lot of people are going to write me off.
Chris Johnson has worked harder than ever to prove he is still an elite running back, which he truly believes he is.
He understands that "in order for my team to make it to the playoffs, make it to the Super Bowl, I’m going to have to be the best."
CJ2K has even studied film of himself from 2009 looking for the little things that led to his massive success.
He also knows that not everything can be on him. Speaking with the Associated Press (h/t ESPN) Johnson said that "if they throw the ball well, it can help me because it will back some of those guys out of the box."
Everything appears to be falling into place for Johnson to have a big year. He's become the type of veteran that coaches wish more players could become. As a leader, threat and competitor Johnson is ready to take on his goal of becoming the first runner ever to go over 2,000 yards twice.
If he can manage that, the Titans will be in contention in 2012.