Although Johnson moved up 38 spots in the player-voted list from after the 2011 season to this past year, he didn’t want his name to appear in the countdown yet.
“Of course I’m angry. You know I’m angry,” Johnson said on NFL Network shortly after the announcement. “Even the year I went for 2,000 yards, I don’t know I think I was 10th or 12th. Come on, now, it just doesn’t make sense, but you know how this is. You never know who’s voting or who don’t like you or whatever.”
Johnson was listed at 100 after the 2011 season when he rushed for a career-low 1,047 yards on 262 carries (4.0 yards per carry) and four touchdowns. He added a career-best 57 receptions for 418 additional yards in a Titans offense that used the pass more than in previous seasons and threw for 3,923 yards.
This past season Johnson rushed for 1,243 yards on 276 carries (4.5 yards per attempt) and six touchdowns, including scores of 83, 80 and 94 yards. He added 36 receptions for 232 yards.
Johnson said he’s excited about all the additions the Titans have made to the offensive line and the shift to an offense that places more emphasis on running the football. He said he thinks the addition of Shonn Greene, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons, will help both players and enable him to be the most productive he can be with each carry.
His real goal will be to build off last season, which was his fourth of five with at least 1,200 yards, and a higher ranking in the poll likely will follow.
“I’ve always been the guy where everything was on my shoulders, but just talking to the coaches and knowing the plans they want to do and the reasoning for why they brought another guy in,” Johnson said. “I understand it now. At the time, I didn’t understand it when they did it, but I understand it now. We’re going back to a run-first offense and trying to get back to how we had it when Coach (Mike Heimerdinger) was here. Some games we ran the ball 30 and 40 times. I’m not going to sit here and say I want to run the ball 35 times.”
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