Titans safety Rashad Johnson spent the first seven years of his career in Arizona before signing with Tennessee this spring. Switching teams can be difficult, but for Johnson, the transition was pretty seamless.
“It all came from when I went on my visit,” Johnson said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I had a chance to sit down with Coach Mularkey, the GM, Jon Robinson, and just see the direction of this team. It just felt like a new energy in the building, a focal point on being straightforward. We’re going to be physical, we’re going to be smart, we’re going to be disciplined – I just liked the atmosphere here, and it was home for me. I’m from the South, and it gave me an opportunity to be back closer to my family.”
Still, it had to have been difficult to leave the Cardinals, who played in the NFC Championship last year, to join the Titans, who were coming off a 2-14 season, right?
Apparently not – and hey, the Titans (3-4) have already won more games this year than they did all of last year.
“I feel like there’s a lot of people believing,” Johnson said. “You can feel the confidence growing around the city. You can feel the buzz and energy growing. But at the same time, we have to stay focused. We can’t get over-excited because we’ve won three games. At the end of the day, we’ve only won three games. So we’ve still got a lot of work to do. At the same time, there’s definitely a lot of confidence in this team and guys are really clicking and enjoying the process.”
Johnson made headlines in the preseason when he said he felt like the Titans could win the AFC South.
“This is my eighth offseason and when I got here in the offseason, I saw how hard the team worked in OTAs and minicamp,” Johnson said. “It was just a different energy. I’ve never seen guys work that hard in June and July. Guys like to hold back a little bit, but everybody was all-in. You could tell guys were ready to get the boat turned around and win games – and we have the talent to win games, so there was no excuses. So it’s definitely showing, and I’ve been really excited about it.”
Tennessee, which lost to Indianapolis, 34-26, on Sunday, hosts Jacksonville (2-4) this Thursday at 8:25 p.m. ET.