Sunday, January 3, 2010
Rapid Reaction: Titans 17, Seahawks 13
By Paul Kuharsky
SEATTLE -- While Chris Johnson became only the sixth runner in league annals to hit the prestigious 2,000-yard mark, he’s the first to do it for a non-winning team.
Tennessee got to 8-8 with the 17-3 win over the Seahawks that lacked the electricity anticipated with so many records and such history a possibility.
Johnson passed Earl Campbell for the franchise single-season rushing record. He passed Marshall Faulk’s record for yards from scrimmage set in 1999. And he’s the first of the six 2,000-yard rushers to also have 500 yards receiving.
And I will bet when we talk to him in a bit he will still say he’s disappointed he didn’t break Eric Dickerson’s mark for the best rushing season in NFL history.
He wound up 99 short of that. He had 36 carries for 134 yards, which landed him at 2,006 for the season.
After a 0-6 start, Tennessee is getting a lot of accolades for its 8-2 finish. But there is so much the Titans could have figured out earlier to get to 9-7 or even 10-6 that a big-picture review has to focus more on the start than the finish.
But Johnson’s accomplishment in the final win gave the offense a huge source of pride. Johnson’s already bought gifts for his linemen, and will likely reveal what they are in a bit down underneath Qwest Field.
The line, fullback Ahmard Hall, tight ends Alge Crumpler and Bo Scaife and even a receiving corps that does fine work blocking all had a big hand in a remarkable season.
They’d all trade it for a playoff spot, don’t you think?