Jets plan for Raiders: Run the Ball

By Marc A. Greenberg

For New York Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson, the plan is simple:  Run the Ball.

In 16 career games against the Oakland Raiders as a member of the San Diego Chargers, Tomlinson has rushed for 2,017 yards and 22 Touchdowns.  His old coach, Marty Schottenheimer had a simple plan to beat the Raiders: run run run.

“He wanted to wear them down,” Tomlinson said.  “His thing was, ‘We’re going to run ’50 Power’ 40 times a game.’ One year, I promise you, we ran it 20 straight times — 20 straight times! We wore them out and they eventually folded.”

And yes, before you ask, Tomlinson delivered that message directly to Schottenheimer’s son, Brian, the Jets offensive coordinator this week.

With games against the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills already, the Raiders have allowed 255 yards and a 6.7 average.

With an offensive line that has already looked weak and without C Nick Mangold, the Jets need to figure out how to get LT and Shonn Greene the ball.