Dec 24, 2011; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Shonn Greene (23) runs with the ball during the first half of their game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE
The Jets have made it clear they are returning to the Ground and Pound philosophy. They are going to be physical, which is essential to making the run game work again.
That should mean a big year for Shonn Greene. At least the Jets hope so.
Last season was Greene’s first as the feature back, and he set career highs in carries with 253, yards with 1,054, and TDs with 6. The Jets want more.
“We want to be a run-first team,” Ryan said this week during organized team activities. “In other words, bring them all in here (by the line of scrimmage) and we’ll throw it. … We want to be a physical football team. You’re going to know it. So we’re not going to disappoint you. We’re going to give the ball to Shonn Greene a bunch.”
Shonn will see a lot of action, as there is not a great deal of proven talent behind him, after the departure of Ladainian Tomlinson. Joe McKnight is a good change of pace, but that is all we know for sure at this point. Bilal Powell has done nothing. We have to see Terrance Ganaway do it beore we say that he can, although he has great potential.
It will be Greene. It should be a good thing for him, as he is a guy that averages over 4 yards per carry for his career. As I said, last year, Greene did quite well in his first year at the lead back position. For the Jets, Greene is essential for a bounce back season.
To date, Tony Sparano has been happy with what he has seen
“He fits in pretty well. I mean Shonn is a physical back,” Sparano said. “I remember watching this guy come out in college, watching his college tape. It was tremendous. He’s built the right way. He gets his shoulders squared to the line of scrimmage, he breaks tackles, and he runs with the right pad level. To me, he has all the qualities I look for in those type of A-back players.”
As Jets fans, we can only hope.