Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson went on the NFL network to make the media rounds. Having been the 2nd most recent person to rush for over 2,000 yards recently. Adrian Peterson just finished less than 10 yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single season rushing record of 2,105 yards.
So inevitably it’d was asked about whether he could do it. And Chris Johnson didn’t hold back.
“Every running back’s goal is to break that record,” Johnson said. “You want to break the 2,105. I believe I can do it.”
In 2009 Chris Johnson rushed for 2,006 yards, 99 yards shy. He’s never rushed for less than a thousand yards in a season in his career. But he never has come close to sniffing that mark again. In fact, he’s never rushed for over 1,500 yards except for that one season.
A lot of that could be said because the number of carries he had has gone down. That season he carried the ball 358 yards, and only one other time he had over 300 carries. That season was 2010 and he had his second career high, 1,364 yards.
So for him to make such a bold proclamation is, to me, arrogant.
Adrian Peterson by comparison had rushed for 1,760 yards prior in his career to this 2,000 yard season. He’s also averaged over 100 yards a game twice in his career and over 5 yards a carry twice in his career, unlike Johnson.
Odds say Johnson won’t do it. But if he’s motivated to it could be interesting to watch.