Originally Posted by GreenReaper
Agree. IMO...the RB unit has less potential then the WR talent. And a weak running game can seriously unbalance this offense. Putting extra pressure on the OL and the passing game. This is especially so...since Sanchez doesn't have his safety blanket receiever...in Keller at TE. And the young inexperienced WRs may continue to have their ups and downs. Especially in the first half of the season. Which is the most difficult part of the schedule.
My preference would be to give Powell equal...or almost equal carries with Greene...for the next few games. And of course...McKnight the least of the three. Using McKnight at the RB position, primarily for his receiving skills and potential explosiveness after the catch. Maybe he's most suitable in the Tebow wildcat packages.
for right now...I'm pretty sure the Jets will continue to start Greene. If he's running effectively...they'll keep giving it to him. But if Shonn's around 3.0 ypc...then run Powell. And keep running him until he's the #1 by default.
Right now...the whole RB unit may be greater then its parts. Neither Greene or Powell, may be good enough to keep this offense in balance. Hence McKnight...mostly for receiving and him being dangerous in space. Again...Joe might be best utilized when Tebow's in the game.
Right now...the Jets have to find ways to keep the defense off balance as much as possible. To use the RB's in situations that can best take advantage of their skill sets. It will all come down to execution. If effective...this can be a big help to keep the offense in balance. Whis is a must against the upcoming 49ers and Texans opponents.
I agree that there will be plays designed for Joe McKnight today. And yes I think we need to mix it up because we are not good enough to force either the running game or the passing game on opposing defenses. We are back to having to do the creative stuff down on the grass field in Miami. I hope McKnight does well. It is season #3 of his career after all and it is about time. He needs to go out and execute without mistakes when he is called upon to do so.
I believe the game will be a hard hitting one with turnovers from both offenses.
Greene is still our best option if he is not dinged up IMO. And yes there are very real concerns about his ball security too. Still, Shonn Greene is probably the best of a sorry lot here in 2012. No worries though, even if he gets the call early, the over under on him getting dinged up again is about 10 plays.
I think we need 4-2 or better in the turnover department in order to win today's game.