All-22 Film Study: Shonn Greene

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OK, here we are with Shonn Greene getting to the next level, beyond the Pittsburgh defensive line. So far, as we have seen, Greene has been untouched on a well-designed play. Ryan Mundy has made his move to run support, and Greene is making his move, and they are set to go at it one on one. From here, is where people get frustrated with Greene. What people look for is for Greene to try and make Mundy miss. Looking at the picture, you see there might even be an opening if Shonn tries to juke to his right, Mundy’s left. It’s one on one, a missed tackle isn’t impossible with a juke move. What does Shonn do? Take a look.

Instead of trying to make Mundy miss, he lowers his head and goes right for the contact. Ultimately, the play ends in a nine yard gain, and Greene getting his “bell rung”. Maybe, it could have been a bigger gain had Shonn tried to make Mundy miss. People don’t like the fact that Greene doesn’t make people miss at the second level, instead, he looks for contact.

That’s the type of running back that Shonn Greene is. People are looking for Shonn to break off big runs like Maurice Jones-Drew or Adrian Peterson. They want him to make people miss, the way Curtis Martin made a career of avoiding contact. This would be, obviously, the way to break off big runs, and get his numbers up quickly.

That isn’t Shonn Greene. Shonn runs more like Jerome Bettis, who runs over people, rather than around. No, I am not saying that Greene is as good as Bettis, far from it. But the style they play with is similar. The thing about it, is that Greene’s style will never excite anybody. It’s not fun to watch a guy getting the smaller chunks of yardage. But, when you give him the ball enough times, Greene becomes an EFFECTIVE guy to watch.

Greene doesn’t do it pretty, no argument. But the numbers show that if you give him the ball, he does get the job done. Give Shonn Greene a chance, don’t give up on him yet.

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