What's the problem?
That's the question fans have been asking about Chris Johnson and Tennessee's woeful running attack for the better part of two months now, desperately trying to figure out why the Titans are ranked dead last in a category they used to own.
Many NFL observers feel part of the blame should be put on Johnson and part of the blame on the offensive line, but NFL Network's Brian Baldinger sees things in a different light.
"I think it's all on C.J.," said Baldinger, who studied film of each of Johnson's 93 carries this season in preparation for this week's edition of Playbook AFC on NFL Network. "He doesn't make the cuts, the plays he used to make where he'd make a cut and then he'd jump off one foot — the same foot, like a triple-jumper does — and you could see the explosion.
"I don't see him breaking tackles. I don't see the moves. I don't see the vision, and I see him going down way too easy. That's not the guy who signed the richest running back contract in the league this year. That's not him."
Baldinger, an NFL lineman for 13 seasons, said he doesn't believe the 24-year-old Johnson is suffering from wear and tear, even though the three-time Pro Bowl back has 1,018 carries in 53 games — an average of close to 20 per contest.
But he does believe Johnson is not running with the same kind of physical prowess that he showed in previous seasons.
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