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The Jets are proud owners of the 22nd-ranked rushing offense in 2011. Out of 32 teams. That’s the lower third and not usually what one expects from a playoff team in the Northeast.
For the season, they hold a 104.2 yards-per-game average. Fortunately, that number has risen to 119 yards for the past three weeks.
What? That’s over 100 yards per game, you say!
Yeah, but it’s not even in the zip code of “ground and pound.”
How about the fact that Shonn Greene isn’t the only RB who touches the football? True. But, if he were more productive when he did touch it, he’d touch it more often.
When Greene is gaining 4.1 yards per game he gets between 10 and 15 carries. Last weekend, he gained 5.2 yards per attempt and got 24 carries. I realize that carries and yards can be argued like chickens and eggs, but I’m sure you see the point.
Do you honestly think that if Greene were Peyton Hillis he wouldn’t be toting the rock for half of all offensive plays? Hmmm.
Maybe Gang Green should go after Hillis. I’m fairly certain the Browns runner will be available as of Monday. But I digress.
Shonn Greene scored a less-than-overwhelming two TDs in each of his first two years in the NFL. In 2011, that number is six. I can barely contain my joy.
If Greene hadn’t learned how to catch the football in the past two seasons, I’d say he was virtually useless. Yeah, that’s a little extreme, but let’s stop pretending that this man is a great NFL rusher.
I am positive that his improvement from zero receptions to 16 catches to this year’s 30 receptions is the direct result of proximity to LaDanian Tomlinson.
That and the fact that offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer had to do something different with the third-year back.
We all know that Rex Ryan wants a “grinder.” Well, then he needs to do some free-agency work in March because that is something Greene will never be. Maybe Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum should compare notes next time before they go and draft a running back.
Greene is having much more success recently, as Schottenheimer has finally made a few crucial adjustments. But, it may be too little too late, particularly when Greene is nursing rib and shoulder injuries.
Mark Sanchez threw the ball 59 times last week. You are not going to win with a third-year QB at those numbers. Unless it’s Dan Marino or Peyton Manning. I believe in Sanchez, but I’m not delusional.
Every Jets fan should light incense and collectively envision a game plan in which Greene, Tomlinson and Joe McKnight take turns pretending to be Brian Westbrook.