A Fix for the 2012 Jets Running Game

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Oct 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Shonn Greene (23) is tackled by Houston Texans safety Glover Quin (29) during the second half at MetLIfe Stadium. The Texans defeated the Jets 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

MAKE SHONN GREENE THE SHORT YARDAGE BACK

One thing Shonn Greene CAN do, and do well, is get a tough few yards. He does run for 3-4 yards per carry, he just does it on first down. Even when he breaks a big run, he is not a guy that makes a lot of people miss tackles. Take a look at the 12 yard run that Greene broke on Monday night. What did Jon Gruden say? He talked about how Shonn Greene finishes his runs. How he lowers his shoulders and delivers a hit. Keep that in mind as I move to the next point.

On the very next play after the 12 yard run, the Jets made a brilliant play call of a screen pass. The pass rush had been coming hard, and a screen pass is a great way to slow that down. The Jets execute one to perfect, and get the ball to Shonn Greene in space. To his credit he does take the ball for a 19 yard gain. But, a faster runner could have gained a lot more. Greene didn’t make anyone miss, on a run that probably could have gone for 30-40 yards. Imagine the yardage a guy like McKnight could have gained on the play.

We’ve seen the Jets fail in short yardage situations this season. We have seen guys like John Conner unable to pick up a yard on 4th and 1. A professional football team should be able to pick up a yard on the ground. Why not bring a guy like Shonn Greene in the game, solely for short yardage situations? Use Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight for the balance of the game, and bring in Shonn Greene for short yardage. His brusing, driving type of running style can make 3 yards happen on a 4th and one. It would be a perfect use for his skill set.

Maybe it’s not a long term fix, but it would be the best use for the current running backs’ skill set.

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  • Karlton

    Frustrating, yes. I agree that Greene needs a hole to run through. But I would say that the Texans dominating front four and the Jets overwhelmed offensive line were the main reason for Greene’s low YPC. He had no holes and was getting hit in the backfield. Once he was able to get outside he had some success. You may recall that Gruden also stated, “I would keep giving that guy the ball!” Perhaps I am in the minority, but I still think it’s too early to give up on Greene.

  • nick

    good read..i agree with most of your points…one issue i have, if shonn greene is used in short yardage situations, where does tebow fit in?