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Titans' Johnson: Blame everyone for rushing woes

Associated Press Modified: September 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm •  Published: September 20, 2012
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Johnson doesn't believe he is solely to blame for the Tennessee Titans' rushing woes.

Johnson, a former 2,000-yard rusher, heads into Sunday's game with the Detroit Lions having gained only 21 yards on 19 carries.

"Even when I went for 2,000, I didn't think I was perfect, but I wouldn't sit here and say I'm to blame," Johnson said Thursday. "I'm only going to be as good as my line is going to be. We've got to work together and get better."

Johnson said he knows he's an easy target because of the running game's struggles and the $53 million contract extension he signed last year. Johnson said he hadn't noticed on tape any big run opportunities that he had missed so far.

"I'm the highest-paid guy on this team, so of course I get the criticism," Johnson said. "But it's something I don't let get me down."

Titans coach Mike Munchak called the ineffectiveness of the running game a team problem rather than a Johnson problem or an offensive line problem Johnson rushed for 17 yards on eight carries last week in a 38-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

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