Chris Johnson Benched: Titans Star Showing He's Not Worth the Money

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IOctober 23, 2011

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23: Brian Cushing #56 and Danieal Manning #38 of the Houston Texans bring down Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field on October 23, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Chris Johnson was demanding superstar money during his preseason holdout, but he's proving so far that he didn't deserve it.

CJ2K is looking far from the same running back who rushed for 2,000 yards two seasons ago, and he's now been benched for his efforts.

After Johnson racked up just 18 yards on 10 carries through two quarters and change, Javon Ringer took over with the Titans trailing the Texans, 27-7.

Whether he's just stopped playing after getting his money, he's still not in game shape from his holdout or he simply isn't good anymore, Johnson is quickly becoming public enemy No. 1 in Tennessee.

Johnson came into this game averaging just 3.0 yards per carry and he was looking even worse than that on Sunday. 

Ringer's entrance was greeted by tons of applause from Tennessee fans, so it's clear to see just how much Johnson is liked right now.

But can you really blame Tennessee fans?

Sure, less than half a season is probably too little to conclude that someone has "lost it," but Johnson is the one running back in the NFL that can't afford to have bad games. And he sure looks like he's lost it.

He turned into a prima donna this offseason and demanded to be paid like he was the best player in the league. Well, Mr. Johnson, if you're going to do that, and if you're going to refuse to play until you get paid, you better play well once you get your money.

He got his money and he sure looks like he's given up. I haven't gotten to watch the Tennessee offensive line a whole lot this season, but Johnson needs to make plays no matter what his situation is.

He got himself into this whole mess. If he wouldn't have demanded money like a little baby, then this performance would have been a little more acceptable (although not that much). 

Kudos to head coach Mike Munchak for actually benching the highly-paid Johnson. If someone isn't performing, you can't continue to put the lesser option out there. 

It's an unfortunate situation right now in Tennessee. Johnson is now taking up a huge portion of the payroll and he isn't playing good enough to play ahead of Javon Ringer. Johnson is showing his true colors this year. 

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