All-22 Film Study: Shonn Greene

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Sep 16, 2012; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; New York Jets running back Shonn Greene (23) runs the ball against Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Mundy (29) during the first half of the game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE

Shonn Greene is not without his detractors, that’s for sure. Many people knock Shonn, saying he can’t be the guy to carry the load, and that Bilal Powell should be the guy. People don’t think he will put up the numbers, that he can’t be the 20-25 carry per game running back that the Jets need.

I have always been a staunch supporter of Shonn Greene, and feel that he just needs to get the ball consistently, as illustrated in this article written earlier this week.  The numbers do bare out the fact that when Shonn gets the ball 20 times or more per game. Greene is the type of running back that gets better as he gets more carries. Check out my post from earlier this week and look at the numbers.

So, with all of the Shonn naysayers that are out there, I decided to look at some film on Shonn. When looking at the film, it becomes clear, the element of Shonn’s game that fans don’t like.

He is not elusive. Let me show you what I mean. We are going to look at a nine yard gain from the game against Pittsburgh.

The Jets are set up in an interesting formation here. Greene is straight behind Sanchez, with John Conner to the left, and Jeff Cumberland in the backfield to the right. The play, as you will see in a second, is perfect. The linebacker is sneaking up to the line just to the right of Sanchez, showing blitz. So the Jets run a delayed handoff to Shonn Greene, where Mark drops back as if he is going to pass, and then gives to Greene instead. Let’s move forward.

Greene gets excellent blocking up front. John Conner gets a block on Lawrence Timmons in the backfield, and Jeff Cumberland moves into the role of lead blocker, making an excellent block in the hole to seal off the opening for Shonn to run through. Shonn moves untouched to the next level. Ryan Mundy is moving up from his deep safety position to provide run support. Here is where people have a problem with Greene. Turn the page to see what I mean.

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