No one in Tennessee or in the fantasy football world can be encouraged by Chris Johnson 's 2012 debut: 11 carries, 4 yards. Forty-seven receiving yards kind of saved Johnson's day, but on Monday, head coach Mike Munchak was already faced with questions about whether he has considered benching Johnson or giving some of his work to another back. Munchak dismissed those queries by saying, "I think we'll roll with who we have."
Munchak blamed Johnson's meager ground total on some poor decisions by quarterback Jake Locker. But he also said something that sounded very familiar to Johnson's 2011 fantasy owners: He's looking to break the big play too often.
"Early he was, again, looking for a bigger run than was there instead of taking the 4 or 5 (yards) that are there," Munchak said of Johnson. "The cutback and the big one may come later if he gets more touches."
Munchak has it right; Johnson just doesn't take what he's given. It's as if that 2,000-yard season has changed the way he approaches every carry. Yet, you have to keep starting him for now unless you have three top-12 RBs. It's frustrating, but with his usual backup, Javon Ringer , out due to an elbow infection, Johnson is going to keep getting almost all of the carries. The Titans face the Chargers on Sunday.