Chris Johnson is still struggling to find his rhythm and Javon Ringer actually was more productive running the ball for the Tennessee Titans. Ringer had 60 yards on 14 carries. Johnson had just 34 yards on 14 carries.
The period of time that an elite running back stays at the top is very short. You look through the history of the NFL and there are very few Emmitt Smiths and Walter Paytons. Most running backs who lead the league in rushing can do it for a year or two, three at the most, and then suddenly seem to go downhill. And they go downhill in a hurry.
There are a lot of factors that enter into it. The running back, the play of the quarterback, blocking of the offensive line and different game situations. But I really believe their skills diminish in a hurry.
If I'm a general manager today, I would always play the percentages. I wouldn't give a running back a big contract like Tennessee did with Johnson. I would rather find another running back.
The only running backs that h...