While the goal of 2,500 yards remains, Chris Johnson admits that less could still be very good, if it means more success for the Titans.
Asked if he could be satisfied with a total of around 1,600 yards as a follow-up to his 2,006-yard performance last year, Johnson said, “I don’t want to sit there and say it’s a good year, knowing my goal is 2,500. If you look around at the average rushing yards a guy has in this league, I think Steven Jackson had 1,500 or 1,600 yards rushing. He had a pretty good year.”
But to put in other teams, such as a baseball slugger following a 60-home run season with 40 the next year, Johnson said he would be OK with that if it benefited the team.
“It’s still a good season at the end of the day, as long as your team is winning. I feel like if I end up rushing for 1,600 yards and this team ends up going further in the playoffs and to the Super Bowl, then it’ll be OK,” he said.
Johnson has rocketed to stardom in just two seasons, after being taken behind Darren McFadden, Jonathan Stewart, Felix Jones and Rashard Mendenhall. He still takes motivation from being selected behind those players, and with Oakland (and McFadden) on the schedule, he is reminded again.
“Of course. Every time I play, I know I was the fifth running back coming out that year. They felt four other running backs were better than me, so I always keep that chip on my shoulder,” Johnson said. ”McFadden, he’s a pretty good player. Every time I play against another back on another team, I always want to do better than he did.”