In the words of John Mayer: "Say what you need to say."
Chris Johnson took exception to Delanie Walker's claims that locker room "cancers" were the reason for the Tennessee Titans' underwhelming 7-9 season. The star running back went to Twitter to demand that anybody calling out teammates name names:
I usually dont do this but if you feel certain people was cancer to the team call them out and say names. ... http://t.co/xsXoF5Pbpr— Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson28) January 31, 2014
Call the cancer out during the year so we can get things fixed instead of waitin and letting the team slip away #JUSTSAYING— Chris Johnson (@ChrisJohnson28) January 31, 2014
Johnson made sure to clear up the fact that he and Walker aren't at loggerheads. He had a problem with people outside of the team trying to stir up drama:
Walker also tweeted that he and Johnson are "on the same page":
Just know me and @chrisjohnsontwo8 is on the same page!!!!!!— Delanie walker (@delaniewalker82) January 31, 2014
The issue that Johnson alluded to is what Walker said to The Midday 180 in Nashville, per ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky:
"When we started losing more games, we got to see it more and more, it was just like it was falling apart," he said. "And the players that were the cancer were dragging other players into that box with them, and the box was getting bigger and bigger. At first, it was just a small box. The box just got bigger and bigger.
"Everybody [saw] it. So I feel like these coaches are going to come in, they're going to watch film and they're going to see. They're going to see what type of players that want to be here and don't want to be here, and he's going to get rid of them. I feel that's what type of coach [recently hired coach Ken Whisenhunt is]."
The Titans started the season 3-1 but then lost eight of their next 10 games and limped to the finish line.
It's only natural after a disappointing season that the finger-pointing will begin. The players are like a family, and like any family, they'll bicker among one another. However, the most important thing is that the players put the issues aside at the end of the day so that the team becomes stronger as a result.
It would seem that Johnson and Walker may have had some sort of disagreement about how to handle the locker room cancers, but they have moved past it and are ready to focus on 2014.
Next season is a chance to start anew for the Titans, as Mike Munchak is out and Ken Whisenhunt is in. The foundation is there to build a successful franchise, but until the team sorts out whatever behind-the-scenes problems plagued the previous season, it won't move forward.