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Stopping Johnson is no easy task

Posted by Teresa Varley on September 4, 2013 – 2:56 pm

The defense will face a stiff challenge this week trying to stop Titans all-everything running back Chris Johnson. Last year they were able to contain him, holding him to “just” 91 yards on 19 carries. They know in order to do it again they have to wrap him up and not let him get away from an initial tackle.

“It’s not letting Chris Johnson get a crack,” said safety Ryan Clark. “He is a guy that scares you. If you stop him for a loss it doesn’t matter, he can go 80 yards the next play. It’s about knowing your gap and being in front of him. You have to tackle him. That is the main thing about it, getting him on the ground. He is a guy you can get close to and never get to wrap him up because he is so quick, so shifty and so explosive. We have done a good job, but he has gotten off on us too.

“We have to be physical with him early and try to get him from wanting to run against us.”

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