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Why is Chris Johnson's YPG down?

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10:14 AM ET 10.31 | There are a number of reasons Chris Johnson's average per carry has gone from 5.6 last year to 4.1 this year. One is that the Titans have expanded his role so he's getting short-yardage carries now. Another is that the Titans blockers, including their wide receivers, haven't always helped him get to the second level. Yet another is the Titans have played against three 3-4 teams already. It's more difficult to get a runner on the edge against a three man front. And the final factor is Johnson sometimes gets impatient. He's one of those runners who always is looking for the home run, and as a result he sometimes gets 1 yard when he could have gotten four or five.

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October 31, 2010  10:18 AM ET

Awfully hard to put up sick numbers two years in a row. Still, 4.1 ypg isn't too shabby.

October 31, 2010  10:31 AM ET

Teams knew what he could do last year and have finally been able to do a little bit more in slowing the guy down a little bit.

October 31, 2010  10:31 AM ET

Yikes - 4.1 YPC? Hit the panic button.

How about every person in the stadium knows who is going to get the ball?

October 31, 2010  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Awfully hard to put up sick numbers two years in a row. Still, 4.1 ypg isn't too shabby.

And the fact that he was running his mouth way too much a the start of the year.

October 31, 2010  10:59 AM ET

Welcome to AP's world!

October 31, 2010  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

And the fact that he was running his mouth way too much a the start of the year.

And, the QB situation being in flux has allowed teams to put more folks in the box.

October 31, 2010  11:18 AM ET

wear and tear

October 31, 2010  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Awfully hard to put up sick numbers two years in a row. Still, 4.1 ypg isn't too shabby.

Not at all. I can think of about 20 teams right now that would love a guy putting up 4.1 per carry.

October 31, 2010  11:45 AM ET

Because Kevin Mawae retired.

Everyone likes to talk about Chris Johnson's gaudy rushing numbers but no one ever mentions the fact that Tennessee has had one hell of an offensive line.

October 31, 2010  12:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

How about every person in the stadium knows who is going to get the ball?

Yep.

October 31, 2010  12:45 PM ET

No other weapon on that offense.

October 31, 2010  01:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

No other weapon on that offense.

Kenny Britt 23 catches 434 yards 19 yards per catch 7 td's. Sure one huge game padded his stats a bit but IMO he is someone to take notice of.

October 31, 2010  01:55 PM ET

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October 31, 2010  03:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

No other weapon on that offense.

Kenny Britt.

October 31, 2010  09:26 PM ET

Because he's not as good as his mouth says he is.

And their offensive line isn't as good, and because its hard to have a breakout season twice in a row.

November 1, 2010  09:01 AM ET

They need to split the workload better and think he is just as dangerous catching the ball. I don't know how many 300 carry seasons he has in him

November 1, 2010  11:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Because Kevin Mawae retired.Everyone likes to talk about Chris Johnson's gaudy rushing numbers but no one ever mentions the fact that Tennessee has had one hell of an offensive line.

absolutely. one of the best Olines in the league last year, but its starting to fall apart slowly..

 
November 2, 2010  05:41 PM ET

You can't play the Seahawks every Sunday!!!!!! of course your YPG will drop.

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