What Seperates Chris Johnson From Every Other Running Back in the NFL?

February 15, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Okay, so first off this is not an article simply claiming that Chris Johnson is better than every other running back.  I am simply stating what makes him different and successful after coming off a season where he eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark.
The first and most obvious difference is his speed.  He ran a 4.24, 40-yard dash time at the combine.  This is the fastest time recorded since the NFL began using electronic timers at the combine in 1999. 
That 4.24 speed helps Johnson in a big way. On any given play he can use the smallest hole or gap, and turn it into a touchdown from anywhere on the field. Essentially, the pursuit ends once he gets past the last defender on the field. There's a reason why he had three, 80-plus yard touchdowns. 
Another reason for his success was the Titans' elite offensive line.  Despite not having any Pro Bowlers, they played an essential part in creating the holes that led to these touchdowns. Michael Roos, Kevin Mawae, and David Stewart...

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