Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets running back Shonn Greene (23) runs against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
There was a lot of talk about this guy, Shonn Greene, and with good reason. He was the lead back in a running offense, and with the exception of a couple of games, really couldn’t get out of his own way. Averaging under 4 yards per carry, as Greene did, is not really acceptable for a number one running back in the NFL.
Despite that, he did set career highs in rushing yards (1,063), and rushing TDs (8). But, we talk a lot about whether he can really be the guy to carry the load for an entire season. The resounding opinion amongst Jets fans is that his style is not suited for being the number one guy, that he is more suited as a late game guy, to come in and finish the job after the defense has worn down.
Well, I wouldn’t worry too much, because the addition of Marty Mornhinweg just about writes Shonn’s ticket out of New York. You won’t have to deal with him too much longer.
Why? Well look at how Marty’s offense’s have performed in the past. As we have done before, we will take a look at the Eagles’ teams he led on offense, and give you these facts:
- In 2007, Brian Westbrook led the team in receptions with 90.
- In 2006, Westbrook posted 77 receptions.
- Over three full seasons playing under Mornhinweg (2006-2008), Westbrook averaged nearly 74 receptions per season.
- In 2010, LeSean McCoy recorded 78 receptions.
- McCoy averaged 54 receptions per year in 4 seasons being the lead back under Marty Mornhinweg.
What am I trying to say here? The running back is obviously an important part of the passing game in a Mornhinweg offense. Now let’s talk about Shonn Greene as a pass catcher:
Shonn Greene has never had a season where he exceeded more than 30 receptions out of the backfield, and both of the Philly players ahve recorded seasons where they put up more catches than Greene has for his career (65).
You might say, “Well the Jets don’t throw to the backs as much as the Eagles, you can’t make the comparison”. OK, let’s look at some stats that looks into performance, no matter how many times Greene was thrown at.
In 2012, Green only caught 73% of the passes thrown his way, while LeSean McCoy caught 85%. Ath