After the Titans' most recent letdown, a 30-7 beatdown by the Vikings, Johnson wasn't just chiding his offensive line for the subpar performance. This time, he's calling the entire team out, according to Titans Insider.
"I don't believe we're close right now," Johnson said. "You look at the games and how we're playing, we don't look like a good team. I wouldn't sit here and say we're close," Johnson said.
At 1-4 on the season, Tennessee has faced some adversity along the way with starting quarterback Jake Locker missing the better part of three games at this point. But even given the injury, the Titans still haven't been able to manage a running game — ranked 30th in the NFL.
Even while the Titans were able to pull out a three-point overtime win against Detroit a few weeks ago, their four losses have more than countered the joy of that victory. Tennessee has allowed a league-worst 181 points on the season, 93 more than they've scored, and the four losses have been by an abysmal 21, 28, 23 and 24 points respectively.
The outspoken Johnson is fed up with the miserable play. And even though his play has contributed to the letdown, managing just 210 yards and zero touchdowns on the season, he feels someone needs to step up and lead his team.
"We need somebody in this locker room to make plays and give us a spark," Johnson said. "I feel like I've made some plays, but the situation of a spark has got to come from somewhere and getting a spark that can be big for this team."
Acceptance of the problem is at least the first step in the process. But as the Titans highest-paid player, shouldn't Johnson be the one rallying his teammates? I guess this team is more in need of a leader than originally thought.