The Jets are in the jumbo package, with Jason Smith lined up on the left side as a tackle eligible. Mark Sanchez is under center, with Lex Hilliard and Shonn Greene lined up straight behind him. After the snap, Hilliard is going to move toward the right guard, as indicated by the blue arrow. This gives the defense the impression that he is going to lead Shonn Greene off the left guard, or maybe even off tackle, so the flow of the defense moves in the that direction. Greene takes the handoff, and instead, fakes in Hilliard’s direction, and runs off the left end. Who’s leading the way? The “great” Vladimir Ducasse. Trouble, right?
Not so far. Ducasse is ready to attempt to make the block at the point of attack, circled in green. Shonn Greene has the ball, but….there is a defender ready to take down Shonn Greene. See the guy circled in blue? It seems like the guy has a good angle on Greene, and is ready to take him down for a loss, doesn’t it? We know that Shonn is not exactly the most elusive running back in the game today. So, trouble right?
Nope! Here are your two surprises. The first, if you look in the red circle, is that Shonn Greene actually made somebody miss. Can you believe it? I had to roll the tape back a couple of times to make sure that wasn’t Bilal Powell. Despite the angle, Greene deftly makes the defender miss. Then, look ahead into the green circle. Look who is doing a good job getting his man downfield! Ducasse! It’s a miracle. Ducasse is leading Greene down the field, along with Jason Smith (#63), and the result was……
14 yards down the field, and it’s first down for the Jets.
The moral of the story is two-fold. One, the Jets running game is getting better. Second, that you have to stick with the running game. When you do, no matter what the results are early, your persistence will pay off. It did for the Jets last Sunday.
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