Heavy Dose of Shonn Greene

With the recent acquisition of former Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore some would maybe think the Jets could turn into a primary passing team but this strategy is not on the mind of Rex Ryan. Last season they relied on the run game which took some pressure off their quarterback Mark Sanchez. Carrying most of the load was the savvy veteran Ladainian Tomlinson but this season is going to be a different story.

 ”The plan is you are going to see a heavy dose of Shonn Greene.” Coach Ryan said.

Heavy dose of Shonn Greene coming to a league near you. He is ready to accept the challenge. (JetsInsider.com) Photo.

 Greene who is beginning his third year in the NFL has not had the opportunity to be a primary back since being drafted from Iowa. In his two seasons with the Jets, Greene has had a total of only 293 carries but he has shown great progress.

“I think he is ready. I don’t think there is any doubt that he is ready.” said Coach Ryan.

Greene will take on the leading role of carries for the team with Tomlinson and Joe McKnight as the secondary backs on offense. The young running back is ready to fill that spot the best way he knows how and he sounds like he is up for it.

His thoughts of the upcoming season and having a bigger role in the offense, Greene said, ” That’s a challenge, and I’m willing to take that challenge, and do the best I can to help my team out.”

Tomlinson will have plenty of rest this season and will mainly be used on third down situations.

“I want to keep L.T. (Ladainian Tomlinson) fresh for that third down responsibility.” said Coach Ryan when asked about Tomlinson’s role for the upcoming season.

Tomlinson who took a pay cut this season to clear up cap space is just happy to be on a team who is giving themselves a chance to win. He is willing to fill whatever role the team needs him in.

Tomlinson replied, “In my mind, there’s a great opportunity for us to win and that’s the number one thing, in my mind to be somewhere where we have a chance to win the Super Bowl.”
Now that Greene is the big man on campus, the younger backs like McKnight and Bilal Powell are looking to him for some mentoring and skill building. People are forgetting that Greene is only entering his third year in the league and he seems to be having to remind the media of this.
Greene said, “I’m not an eight-year veteran or anything like that. I’m still kind of taking little stuff in, but for the most part, I’ve got the jist of it. Those guys are coming along, too.”
Coach Ryan can’t deny that the younger backs are coming along.
“Let’s not forget about Joe McKnight, Joe McKnight has come a million miles and he’s ready to go.” Coach Ryan said.
McKnight who will be a part of the three headed monster this season has been showing the team he could play with the best of them. His speed blends well with the brute strength of Greene and the ability to run down hill on the part of Tomlinson.
With the knowledge of their new offensive consultant Tom Moore and their quailty skill in the back field, lead by Greene, look for the Jets’ offense to be improved from last season.

 

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