Thursday, March 21, 2013

Chris Johnson on Shonn Greene: Why do we need him?

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Shonn Greene is the newest member of the Tennessee Titans backfield after inking a multi-year deal with them last week.

Greene is expected to come in and compete with Titans starting running back Chris Johnson for carries. After all, you don't pay someone $10 million to come ride the bench.

However, Johnson doesn't seem too enamored about the possibility of having to share playing time with his new teammate. In fact, he doesn't seem enamored at all.

"I have never been a big fan of the two-back system, so I don't know how we plan on using him," Johnson told USA TODAY Sports. "I'm not afraid of competition, but I was thinking we'd maybe get a draft pick for the other back. And you don't give a guy that kind of money to be just a goal-line guy and in tough-yardage situations. So we'll see what happens.

I don't mind a guy getting a carry or two," Johnson said. "But if I am the main guy and it is supposed to be my team … it shouldn't be an issue."

Johnson rushed for 1,243 yards and six touchdowns last season. The 27-year-old is a three-time Pro Bowl selection, but hasn't made a trip to Hawaii for the annual All-Star game since 2010.

Despite Johnson only willing to surrender a "carry or two" per game, head coach Mike Munchak said Greene will receive a whole lot more work than that.

"We're not going to have him as a short-yardage back, a goal-line back and four-minute back and that's all he does. We feel he can play all three downs. He may get a series where he gets going and we're taking over the line of scrimmage and you want that runner in there and we leave him in there."

Johnson has no desire to return to sharing the ball like he did in his rookie season with Lendale White. Johnson has become the feature back since breaking out for over 2,000 yards in 2009. No other Titans running back has carried the ball more than 64 times in a season ever since.

"That was cool my rookie year coming in," Johnson said. "But me being the type of guy I am, I wouldn't necessarily want to go back to a role like that. But that's not my decision — I am not the head coach or the GM — so I just have to deal with what they give me. It's all right.

"At the end of the day, I think there's a chance it could turn into some controversy, but that is nothing to worry about right now. I am hoping for the best."

It could turn into some controversy, huh? It's nice to see Johnson welcoming his new colleague to Nashville with open arms.

Via USA TODAY

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