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With Johnson In, Can the Titans Take Home the AFC South?

By Chris Bach

Adam Schefter has confirmed: Chris Johnson’s hold-out is over, as he has agreed to a 4-year, $53.5m extension with $30m guaranteed.

It would have been interesting to see how they would’ve started without him. Their other running backs Javon Ringer, Jamie Harper and Herb Donaldson are promising. It seems like either the Titans thought this dispute was a negative towards fan morale and selling tickets, they really think they can’t win without him, or Chris started to yield a little bit.

Chris Palmer, the Titans’ offensive coordinator, was a head coach last year for the UFL’s Hartford Colonials. What is fascinating about Palmer working for a head coach who used to be an O-lineman is that Chris’ offense features a lot of spreading out defenses, placing receivers in “doubles”. What’s not surprising is that this is a staple of the run-and-shoot, which was utilized by the Houston Oilers back when head coach Mike Munchak played for them and Chris Palmer coached receivers for them. They’ve also seen to be using the “switch” concept during pre-season, where two receivers running routes next to each other have multiple options based on coverages.

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