Greene saw an increased role in 2010, and it paid off to the tune of 766 yards rushing, and a 4.1 yard average per carry. He stepped up his game once again in the playoffs, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Don’t forget this play, that ended the Patriots season:
Then, we move to 2011. There was no playoff trip, as we all know. The team finished 8-8. Greene finally took the reigns as the starting running back, and the questions arose about whether or not he can handle it.
Shonn Greene did have some things working against him in 2011. First of all, the Jets had this guy working against Shonn Greene:
I’m not so sure that Walter Payton would have had a great season with this guy blocking for him.
Secondly, the Jets were playing from behind a lot in 2011, as we all suffered through. Obviously, the team was going to throw more and run less while behind.
Still, Greene set a career high in yards with 1,054 yards, and still averaged 4.2 yards per carry. In the Jets eight wins, Greene averaged 79 yards per game. Play that out to 16 games, and it totals 1,264 yards. These are not the numbers of an Adrian Peterson, but they aren’t terrible either.
The recommittment to the running attack will bring that average per game for Greene up, and therefore, his rushing totals will go way up.