Titans head coach Mike Munchak insisted Monday that Chris Johnson will remain the team’s starting running back, despite his recent struggles on the field.
“We still believe in him. He’s our starter, and his teammates feel the same,” Munchak said.
Munchak said people expect a lot of Johnson because of his salary and how he is perceived to be one of the top backs in the league.
“People expect an awful lot from him every time he steps on the field,” Munchak said. “When you come short of that and as a team we struggle, everyone’s trying to figure out what’s wrong. Something must be wrong.”
Munchak said Johnson needs more opportunities in the open field.
“It’s hard to make guys miss in that box area in small quarters,” Munchak said. “He has the best chance when he bounces a hole and creates some space to make a guy miss. The more opportunities he gets, hopefully he’ll get the chance to make that guy miss.”
Munchak believes Johnson has handled the criticism well, knowing expectations are extremely high for the three-time Pro Bowler.
“He’s handling the situation where expectations are so high I don’t know how he could…unless we’re running for 200 yards a game,” Munchak said.
Munchak had no reservations about Johnson’s future.
“He has a lot of football left and I think he’ll do some great things for us.”
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