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Chris Johnson and yards after contact

10/12/2011

The blocking needs to improve. The play calling needs to be better.

But Chris Johnson is also part of the Titans’ problems.

In his 2,006-yard season in 2009, by the count of Pro Football Focus, Johnson gained 1,071 yards after contact.

This season, according to ESPN Stats and Info, Johnson has 107 yards after contact, tied for 27th most in the NFL. That puts him on pace for just 342 yards after contact.

Among backs with at least 40 carries this season, Thomas Jones is worst in the league with an average of 0.9 yards after contact per rush. Rashard Mendenhall is second-worst (1.1), Johnson is third-worst (1.3) and Reggie Bush is fourth-worst (1.4).

PFF says Johnson forced 44 missed tackles (which ranked fourth) last season and has forced 10 so far this year (11th), which puts him on pace for 32.

The Titans are enjoying bye-week time off right now.

When they return to try to revive their running game, part of it needs to be Johnson making people miss and gaining yards after the first guy gets a hand on him.