After Chris Johnson had earned the nickname "CJ2K" for rushing for more than 2,000 yards in a season in 2010, he slowly trended backwards and some wondered if he had peaked in the league with his worst stuff to come.
That doesn't appear to be the case for Johnson, who was cut by the Tennessee Titans in March of this past year and signed a deal with the New York Jets and will share carries between himself and Chris Ivory. The former Titan talked about how the Titans offense got stale over the last three years and how he looks forward to the unpredictable nature of the Jets offense under offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
"When I was in Tennessee, a lot of the plays when the offensive coordinator was calling them, they were predictable," Johnson told ESPN.com on Wednesday. "Everybody could tell what was coming. With Marty [Mornhinweg], the plays aren't predictable."
In fact, Johnson recalled why he was so successful up until the 2010 season; which was the last year the Titans offense was under late offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger; who was fired by former Titans coach Mike Munchak after the 2010 season and shortly thereafter, passed away from cancer at age 58. Under Chris Palmer and Dowell Loggains, Johnson didn't think he was in the best scenario to succeed.
"That was sad, real sad," Johnson said. "It's crazy, because after that, I bounced around from all different types of offensive coordinators. It just didn't work out. … I had three or four coordinators who just didn't put me in the right position. They didn't put me in the right situations."
Now under Mornhinweg's offense, the thing that Johnson likes the most about it is how it gives him a chance to shine and get him the football when called upon; something Mornhinweg was accustomed to when he ran the Philadelphia Eagles offense and had success with that until the 2012 season before coming to the Jets.
"I like the way he puts his playmakers in position to make plays," Johnson said. "When I first came into the league, I thought, 'Just give me the ball every play, and I'll make something happen.' But I got humbled a lot and I realized how important the offensive coordinator is. Nothing against those guys [in Tennessee]. Those guys had their offense and things they liked to do. … A lot of times, some of the things we were doing were so predictable. That made it tough on the players, not just myself. It's something you have to go through. I'm not making excuses or blaming anybody. You just have to deal with the cards that are given to you."
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