You gotta love 'em.
Well unless you are a Titans fan.
Just in case you haven't heard, Tennessee Titans star running back Chris Johnson is no where to be found in Nashville, insisting on a new contract after "out performing" his current contract.
And while I definitely side with CJ on the subject, the Titans front office seems to feel a bit different on the matter.
Science tells us that when two objects of equal, and in this case stubborn, force collide, they will transfer their momentum into one another and separate inevitably, giving each object its sole independence from the other.
In other words, it doesn't look pretty—and here are five reasons why Chris Johnson's holdout will last into the regular season.
Reason No. 1: History
The history of the Titans organization is one that has never really been known to pay crazy amounts of money to any player.
Not only that, but when offensive linemen David Stewart and Michael Roos were in the same boat as Johnson, holding out after their second seasons, neither player received a new contract until after their third season with the Titans.
Odds are that Titans owner Bud Adams will deal with Johnson no differently and the man who arguably became the best running back in the NFL will not get the money he wants at least until after his third season.
Reason No. 2: Arrogance—by Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson calls himself “every coaches' dream.”
I'm not arguing that, but I will admit Johnson could use some humility.
Johnson knows his speed is what makes him so valuable, and he believes he is faster than anyone else in the NFL.
Johnson's arrogance on the matter makes him think sitting out a season will have no effects on his speed or any part of his game, and he may be right.
I mean, he worked out on his own last year before the season and it was shown to be the better choice. So why wouldn't he think he could just continue to work out on his own for as long as it takes to get paid?
Whether sitting out is the right choice or not, Johnson's arrogance tells him it's not a bad idea.
Reason No. 3: Arrogance – by Tennessee
The Tennessee Titans have always been known for one thing: running the ball.
Though it can easily be argued as foolish, Jeff Fisher and the rest of the Titans front office feel they have other “viable” resources at running back should Chris Johnson not return.
I say “other viable resources” because even Jeff Fisher knows you can't replace Chris Johnson.
But still, they think they have the potential talent in Javon Ringer and undrafted free agents Stafon Johnson and LeGarrette Blount to take the team into the season.
I have no doubt that these are all talented men, but again you can't replace Chris Johnson.
Unfortunately, foolish arrogance by the Titans front office have them prepared to go into the season without the reigning offensive player of the year.
Reason No. 4: The League of Divas
It's no secret that the NFL has become a league full of divas and drama queens.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm not saying Chris Johnson is turning into Terrell Owens. But I am saying Johnson has a similar mindset.
One of the worst things that can happen to a professional athlete is they realize their greatness.
When this happens, certain mindsets become adopted by these players. Chris Johnson has realized his greatness and has adopted one of these mindsets.
He knows how valuable he is.
He knows he is the best.
And like many other NFL players who knew the same things before him, he will do whatever it takes to get what he wants—including sitting out the season.
I don't believe that's what he wants to happen, but I do believe he's prepared to take it that far.
Reason No. 5: CJ Is Looking for a Home
Chris Johnson was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He went to college at Eastern Carolina University, and he has played two seasons in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans.
Yet he is still looking for a place to call home.
Chris Johnson is like a little child who has hopped from foster home to foster home, just waiting to finally be adopted by a family for good.
But he wants a long-term, high-paying contract by that family to prove their love and appreciation.
He wants Tennessee to be that home.
I mean let's face it, it would be his team. And he would have guys around him that he already treats like brothers including Vince Young, Nate Washington and his entire offensive line, whom he bought Rolexes for after helping him break 2,000 yards and the yards from scrimmage record.
I know that Johnson wants to be a Titan.
I know he wants to play in 2010.
And as I'm sure Chris Johnson knows, due to the collective bargaining agreement the Titans can only increase his contract by 30%, meaning the most he could make in base salary this season is $715,000.
To you and me, that sounds like a deal.
To Chris Johnson, who outperformed every running back in the league last year, including Steven Jackson, whose salary for 2010 is over $5.5 million, it sounds a little off-balanced.
So, how can the Tennessee Titans and Chris Johnson, two objects of equal force, collide without separating and becoming independent from one another?
It's simple, really.
Just defy science.
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