Chris Johnson is smart to stay positive about the ugly trajectory of his 2011 season. There's enough doom and gloom surrounding him as it is.
"Basically this is a situation where it can get no worse really, so it can't do nothing but go up," the Titans' three-time Pro Bowl running back said Thursday, according to The Associated Press. "I'm always eager to get back on the field and practice after a bad game and make it better."
Well, technically Chris, we're talking about more than one bad game. It actually has been six out of seven. The Artist Formerly Known As CJ2K has 302 yards on 107 carries, good for 34th in the league. Those are scary-bad numbers for a man who signed a a $53.5 million contract extension with $30 million guaranteed after an extended preseason holdout.
During Sunday's 27-10 victory over the Colts, Johnson watched from the sideline as backup Javon Ringer handled backfield duties in the fourth quarter. The home fans even booed Johnson when he was in the game.
"I know if they're a true fan, they're with you through the ups and downs, anytime," he said. "Through my first three years, I've been doing good, and they're my fans. As soon as I have a couple bad games, then they're automatically not my fans and boo me, this and that. They're probably just fans through fantasy football and something like that."
"You've got to stay confident," Johnson said. "You've got more games to play. It can easily turn around with one play. It'll be all right."
Johnson clearly believes he already has hit rock bottom. For his sake, we hope he's right.