Johnson: “I don’t know what the playoff picture is. I just keep on playing.”

Posted by Chrissie Wywrot on November 20, 2012 – 4:45 pm

“Sunday’s loss hurt. Mainly because it puts us in an even deeper hole as far as looking forward to a postseason. With it being a divisional game, especially against a team that we had right where we wanted them late in fourth quarter, it hurt. A touchdown wins the game but we came out with a field goal.

“Personally, I don’t know what the playoff picture is. I just keep on playing. That’s how I’ve been ever since I’ve been here. We’re 0-16, keep on grinding. That’s all I know to do, is grind.

“It’s just part of you. It just is you or it’s not. You’ll see it on film. You can’t go out there and just lay an egg on film because everybody sees it. You don’t want to put yourself out there as the guy who’s going to lay it down when things aren’t going right. You have to be there. I want to be consistent, put it like that.

“Competition each week is worth it all by itself – no doubt about it. Whether you play those guys again next year or whatever it may be, it’s on film. They’re going to remember that. There’s something to it.

“Titus not being here – he’s been a distraction the last few weeks whether it being him just not being fully prepared or not showing up to things when we have things on the schedule – him not being there on time. It’s just him not being a professional, put it like that. Pointblank, simple.

“I’m looking forward to Broyles getting a larger role. It’s been fun seeing him progress throughout the season coming off his ACL. Being a rookie and having been through that, seeing him come through the growing pains, he’s coming on up so it’s good to see that.

“Mike (Thomas) has some experience so it will be good on Thursday to get him out there, somebody with some wheels as well as (Brian) Robiskie. Giving him a chance to earn a spot and get some plays. It’s going to be fun to play with these guys and be out there leading them along.

“From the Texans, we expect a lot of cover one. It’s going to be put upon us on the outside to make some plays. Not all the time that what we see on film is what we get on Sunday. We see cover one on one day and we get to the game it will be cover two, cover six. It just all depends. But if we do get our one-on-one matchups, then we’re expected to win those and the game’s going to be on our shoulders.”

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15 Responses to “Johnson: “I don’t know what the playoff picture is. I just keep on playing.””

  1. By Dano on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks for being a true Pro Calvin. You sir are much appreciated here in Michigan

  2. By Trudy Haas on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions have never really play as a team. There’s always one player that everyone expects to do it all. Now I think it;s time to sit Stafford on the bench for awhile because he is not much help lately.

  3. By Steve on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Great… now it’s finger-pointing time. #downhillslide

  4. By WatchThis on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Thanks CJ. Really hope your health is good (knee and head and body). We want you here for the longterm. Definitely, we want to go out at least winning some games and beating some good teams to be on a roll for next season. End on a high. If there’s playoffs, then so be it. If not, get some wins.

    Feels like I’m writing Santa Claus. :)

  5. By rockbo1955 on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Thank you CJ young has become quite a distraction and a big disappoint this year from training camp if you not doing the work it shows on the field sorry to see you go but I like Broyles Wants to be out and he is contributing so put somebody else out there that will play and practice to be the best and CJ knows what it takes to be a player in this league! Never will you see CJ be lazy or run the wrong route and even the right route is sloppy at best Go on tell like it is CJ! GO LIONS!

  6. By derick cleveland on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    CJ i love your game and i know you lead on the field but there is another point of leadership that you have let the team down on. Its Titus you being the leader of the receivers was suppose to go to him one on one then the coaches and ultimately then spoke out on it on your blog as you did it sounds weak now that you speak out after the fact. We all knew he was a problem but sometimes it takes your peers calling you out publicly to get your attention. It may be hard for you to understand that because you are so proffessional in your approach. However Thank you for your season you gave us please focus on the future season and prepare your body for it this season is a bust not because of you but its just the way the ball bounces

  7. By mickd on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    I’m not going to kick you guys while your down and out so …How about a Thanksgiving day gift… The offense, defense and special teams all play well and blow out the Texans by 30 points. Let’s take out all of our frustrations on the Texans..You will feel better for it and so will your fans!!!

  8. By JP O'Flaherty on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    Glad to hear CJ, call it like it is. I had mentioned more than once that Young does not appear to contribute much on the field, failing to provide a solid option when CJ is covered. It is time for Broyles to replace him and give him a shot. We need guys who want to play and win, not just collect paychecks. Matt puts too much to into each game dodging and weaving and looking for options. If these guys can’t get open, then they should be benched.

  9. By ghost on Nov 20, 2012 | Reply

    The players don’t read these comments. The are posted by staff based on comments by the player. So now we just hope the team plays to win becuase playoffs are out of the picture for the Lions for this year. They will get some good draft picks, hopefully corners and safety s and keep building. It takes a long time to build a contending team. And even then the best team does not always win at the big dance.

  10. By sm980268 on Nov 21, 2012 | Reply

    The lions are playing for pride. Lets not keep hiding the fact that the whole starting secondary has been shot the whole season. The starting receving core ( all except MEGATRON ) has been slacking yet running off at the mouth how good they are. Please C>J take a rest. Lets see what the rookie corps of receivers can do and the new kid we traded for. The front fore has keep us in most games. Just cant believe that running backs continually keep racking up top yardage on us and the next week the same running back gets crushed bye mediocre defenses. We got your back, Find yoyr Niche. Go Lions

  11. By Ed on Nov 21, 2012 | Reply

    Your the best CJ. To see you and Barry not get a ring would break my heart.
    Here’s hoping you guys can make a serious run over the next 2-3 years

    It kills me because I feel like this was the year we could have won the division and had a really good shot.

  12. By Hogfish on Nov 21, 2012 | Reply

    The Lions are a better team than how they are playing right now. Dropped pass, ball thrown poorly or off the mark, little things. Injuries are growing. Trying to make things happen creates conflicits. C. Johnson is the a great receiver and deserves more respect from the league and officals. Viewing many defensive plays around the league hitting players in the head and paying the fine is no big deal and common place. One game suspensions don’t cut it. The Viking LB hit Calvin twice in two different games, accident I do not believe it. The penalty for hitting players in the head favors the Defense to continue. A quality receiver in Calvin Johnson being targetted by defenses with head shots and Calvin is not the only one, QB’s left and right, RB’s left and right, is a situation the League and the Refs need to seriously review and overhaul. Calvin hang tough we love ya.

  13. By Sop Noch on Nov 21, 2012 | Reply

    Continue to grind. Playoff or not, the rest of the season will continue to help build continuity and chemistry. I don’t like the idea from fans to lose and get a high draft pick. High draft picks are not guarantees as we can see from our past. I honestly believe our squad is talented and good enough to compete at a playoff level. Consistency is the key and that’s what the remainder 6 games are for. Happy Thanksgiving all and hopefully we’ll come out with a Thanksgiving victory!

  14. By randy mirasolo on Nov 21, 2012 | Reply

    Calvin Johnson Is A Cllas Act We need more players like him not only on Detroit but in the N.F.L. HE HAS TRUE HEART and the rest of the team needs to take note Hope Your Knees Are Better Go Take Out The Texans Happy Thankgiving Megatron!!!!!!

  15. By Anthony Miller on Nov 25, 2012 | Reply

    Well CJ since u don’t look at the playoff picture let me tell u. After all that crazy shit we just went through we still have life cuz everyone lost so just keep grinding and it will payoff!!! Excellent attitude to have!! To bad another certain person still hasn’t learned that yet!! U need to holla at em’!! Tell your OC to put some curls and comeback routes in his gameplan!!!! A screen pass whether it be to WR or a RB would’ve been a perfect call on that 3rd and 11!!! That’s just terrible coaching decisions when it was still a long FG!! WTF!!! Tell your OC also to work on his LATEGAME gameplaning and playcalling and we will be just fine!!! Ohh and tell Matt to stop talking about that Cover 2!!! Tell him to go back and watch what you guys did last year against Cover 2!!!! U just out ran it CJ so tell Matt to just give u more of a chance than what he has been and tell him to settle down and stop overthrowing everybody!!!! He’s better than that!!! Good luck the rest of the way!! 1 more thing GO LIONS!!!!!

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