Dec 9, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; New York Jets running back Bilal Powell (29) moves past Jacksonville Jaguars defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey (94) in the fourth quarter of their game at EverBank Field. The New York Jets beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

Who is the More Effective Jets Running Back?


Dec 9, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; New York Jets running back Shonn Greene (23) gets by Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Austen Lane (92) in the fourth quarter of their game at EverBank Field. The New York Jets beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

The Jets running attack has been vastly improved in recent weeks. The improvement can be traced to when the Jets starting dividing the carries equally between Bilal Powell and Shonn Greene. It was not going well early when Shonn Greene was getting the bulk of the carries, clearly showing that he is not the bell-cow, 25 carry per game guy. But together, Powell and Greene have been a more than effective one-two punch to lead the running game through a resurgence.  But, have they got a guy that can lead the way?  Who has been the more effective running back, Shonn Greene or Bilal Powell?  It’s something that admitedly is hard to quantify, but the guys at footballoutsiders.com have done just that.  They have come up with a stat called “Defense-adjusted Value Over Average”.  Check out their site for a detailed explanation of how the stat works, but in a nutshell, it represents the running back’s value, per play, above an average back under the same situations.  It is adjusted based on the value of the opponents they are playing against, and gives us a player’s value, without taking into account whether they are the backup or the starter.  Compare Shonn Greene’s Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, or “DVOA”, to Bilal Powell’s, and the difference is huge:

Shonn Greene: -4.9%

Bilal Powell: 15.7%

That is a huge difference.  Based on this figure, Powell is hugely more effective than Greene is.  Also, take a look at Powell’s number again, and compare it to some of the great backs in this league

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