Why Shonn Greene Shouldn't Back off His Comments for Change in New York

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst INovember 15, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 21: Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets celebrates a touchdown against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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New York Jets running back Shonn Greene voiced his opinion on his team's current predicament, and, believe it or not, didn't do so anonymously. 

According to Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports, Greene made the following now-controversial comments with the team sitting at 3-6 heading into a Week 11 road test against the St. Louis Rams

Something's got to change. When you get to the point where you're 3-6, and losing and losing, a couple of guys are like, 'Oh, what would happen [if Tebow played]?' But guys at the same time have faith in Mark, so it's kind of an up-and-down thing.

You feel bad for Mark, but at the same time you want to win games. We're not here to protect people's feelings. If you want to win games, you've got to try something. If somebody's not getting the job done, you see if somebody else can do it. It's the same with coaching, or any position. You don't mean to belittle someone or say 'he sucks.' That's just the harsh reality.

Thursday morning, a report surfaced that Greene was backing away from his initial quotes.

Per Steve Wyche of NFL.com, "a source close to Greene, who spoke with Greene overnight, said the running back was not advocating for a quarterback change in remarks he made to Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday." 



Around the same time that Wyche's report was published, Silver took to Twitter, sending the subsequent tweet to his 56,000-plus followers:

Shonn Greene and I had a conversation. I wrote down what he said, in front of him. I quoted him accurately.

— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) November 15, 2012

We could go back and forth forever deciding who to believe, but at this point, let's take Greene's initial comments and decide what he was really getting at. 

To me, it's clear. 

The Jets runner was taking a shot at Mark Sanchez and the status quo of the franchise. Phrases like "something's got to change," and, "you feel for Mark, but at the same time you want to win games" are clear indications that his words were directed at Gang Green's current starting quarterback. 

Now, he did pose a hypothetical question about Tim Tebow, but doesn't directly stand behind the polarizing backup. 

Frankly, Greene is hitting the nail on its head, as sad as that may be. 

At 3-6, after consecutive games in which the Jets have been held under 10 points, with the league's least accurate signal-caller, why wouldn't Greene's sentiments be correct? 

He was smart to not precisely specify who he wanted to run the offense—some believe if Sanchez continues to struggle, third-stringer Greg McElroy would actually be next in line instead of Tebow—because that would have stirred up even more controversy. 

He simply made an statement based on what he's observed with regards to his team's offensive deficiencies. 

Due to the ongoing saga inside the Jets' slowly deteriorating locker room, Greene may be forced to retract on what he reportedly said to Silver, but let's be real, he shouldn't.