September 21st, 2012 § Leave a Comment
The Captain Goes Down with the Ship
You made the call. Go down with the ship. It’s the right thing to do. Yes, I did it. I drafted Chris Johnson with my first round pick, 6th overall. Why? Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. He came on at the end of last year. The belief for me at least was that his lackluster start was a result of the combo of holdout and lockout. “The guy has a conscience,” I reasoned. After pocketing $30 mil guaranteed and producing the worst season of his career, he’s feeling bad – embarrassed even. He wants to show Tennessee that he was worth the big pay day. This season is starting worse than last. I think he’s averaging less than a yard a carry – something silly like 28 yds on 29 carries.
I haven’t yet, but I’m guessing other owners of Chris Johnson are getting some trade offers. Just stupid ones like, CJ for Michael Turner. “Your CJ for my Dwayne Bowe.” “How about CJ for TE Martellus Bennett.” I’m not doing it. For one, it’s a long season. Right now, Tennessee looks atrocious. They might stay that way and go down as this year’s St Louis Rams. Chris Johnson can average less than 3 yds per, and end up killing you. But we’re two games in. Last year Marshawn Lynch looked terrible at the start. DeMarco Murray looked terrible in his first game. Things can change.
Secondly, CJ’s worst season was a 1,000 yd season. How many players can you say that about? He’s young. He’s never had a major injury. For now, his job is secure. If you trade him for somebody now, you’re getting a player who’s ceiling is capped. You can probably get that in week 4 off the waiver wire.
I drafted Chris Johnson with my first pick. Leading into week 3, I wish I hadn’t. Bailing now isn’t going to put me in any better position. With the boat in trouble, I’m staying on to see if we can right the ship. If Chris Johnson goes sub 3 yds per the rest of the way, we’re going down. As the “Captain”, the one who made the call, I need to take my hat in hand, stand up straight at the helm, and go down with the ship. It’s the right thing to do.