Is There a West Coast Offense RB on the Jets Current Roster?

Aug 30, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Jets running backs coach Anthony Lynn along the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Jets 28-10. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

There has been a lot of scrutiny given to running back coach Anthony Lynn’s group of players. We know about all we need to know about Shonn Greene. Yes, he worked his way to a second season of over 1,000 yards rushing, but it was not at all flashy. He does not break off long runs anymore, like he did in 2009 in the playoffs against the Chargers. He doesn’t make people miss, he just isn’t that type of back. His elusive rating was 11.7, nowhere near where we want it to be for a West Coast offensive system.

Bilal Powell came into his own a bit as the season went along.  He appeared to all of our eyes as bring faster than Shonn Greene, and put in an elusive rating of 22.6.  Neither of these two guys are great receivers out of the backfield.  Well, at least Shonn isn’t, we need to see much more from Bilal to make that determination.

So, do the Jets have to completely go outside the organization to improve this running game?  The answer is they do not.  They have a player on this roster that is a fan favorite, and is adept at making people miss in space.  How adept?  Even though he was only on offense for 30 snaps, he had an elusive rating of 90.3, which was right behind CJ Spiller with a 94.6.  Who am I talking about?  You probably already  know, but here he is:

Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets running back Joe McKnight (25) during the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Joe McKnight, that’s who. Haven’t we all been asking for this guy to get more playing time, for a long time? Well, now would be the time for that. Get this man in space, he can execute the West Coast offense, as he averaged almost 5 yards per carry after contact. He would be perfect, give him a chance.

Topics: Joe Mcknight, New York Jets

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  • Don

    You have to be kidding me Joe Mcknight is not the answer. He has a disease called fumbling. He has more fumbles than anyone on team other than Mark Sanchez. The kid is always hurt and a turnover waiting to happen. Thats a bad combination for a running back. Jets better go get a running back to play along side Bilal Powell.

    • TheJetPress

      See I honestly think he could perform well in a West Coast system, I really do. He is more explosive than anyone on this roster. They can fix his fumbling problem, and he played well despite being hurt last year. I think he’s tougher than you are giving him credit for, but I appreciate the debate.

      Thanks for reading.

      • Don

        I like his explosiveness and I hope your right about him. Joe played in west coast offense in college. I’ve been watching him since college and its the same Joe, fumbles and injuries…Not sure if they can fix that (Mental Toughness). When Bilal Powell passed him on depth chart and they moved Joe to corner that told me everything i needed to know about the coaches trusting him.

        • TheJetPress

          You might be right on him. Mental toughness is a hard thing to fix. I just think he is so explosive in space, that he should get a shot.

          I don’t think he’s the answer necessarily, just a guy that could help, in my opinion.

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