Different things motivate Chris Johnson — greater visibility around the NFL, another 2,000-yard season, the speed of a cheetah, the playoffs.
Don’t underestimate the latter.
Johnson arrived in the NFL in 2008 when the Titans went 13-3 and earned a first-round bye in the playoffs. He thought that’s how every season would play out. Instead, the Titans have not made the postseason since his rookie year.
“It fuels me to get back,” he said. “If you’ve never been to the playoffs, you don’t know how it feels. It’s a totally different atmosphere when you’re playing in the playoffs.”
The Titans lost that playoff game to Baltimore 13-10 after Johnson suffered a sprained ankle late in the first half. He had run for 72 yards and a touchdown at the time of the injury. If you had told him at the time that he would not carry the ball in a playoff game in the next four years, he wouldn’t have believed you.
“It’s been forever,” he said.
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