As a 3rd year player/1st year starter, behind an awful offensive line, Greene still rushed for over 1,000 yards. Greene was only 37 rushing yards away from cracking the top 10 in regards to rushing yards. Greene was only 12 rushing first downs away from cracking the top 5 in that regard. His 4.2 average yards per rushing attempt is very impressive, especially considering the fact that he was rushing behind a depleted (struggling) offensive line.
With Tony Sparano being the type of coach who loves to establish a physical rushing attack in order to set up a vertical passing game... Look for Shonn Greene to become 'Sparano's #1 back'. Expecting Shonn Greene to crack the top 8 in both rushing yards and rushing 1st down.
Time for Greene to be consistently good this year. He can look great for a few games then not good for more. If he doesn't have a great year this year the team will be looking to replace him next year for sure.
He has the ability and remains potent particularly at theend of games as a closer. But like you said consistency is key, and he has to be able to pull out those long gainers from time to time. Apparently his catching ability has showed some improvement in TC as well and its important that he be a multiple threat rather than a one trick pony.
Greene haters, what do you want? He averaged 4.2 yards per carry. He didn't lose a fumble (in fact, just one ball put on the ground the whole season -- Peterson was the only other back with at least 200 carries to not lose a fumble). That's what you want for a ground and pound. Maybe he isn't the biggest home run hitter, but really, if you play ball control offense, you don't really need that type of runner.
The Jets ran just 443 times last season, expect a bump to at least 550 -- probably more. Say Greene gets 285 carries and averages 4.3 yards per carry (all realistic), he would finish with 1,225 yards. That would probably put him top 7. Is that not enough?
If Greene sucks this year the Jets go get a new RB. One that will lead the league in rushing each year, like some of you seem to expect.
He calls last years offensive line awful, which it was. Yet we still have the same offensive line and he always talks about how they will dominate this year.
I really hope they are better. But will the OC alone make this a reality? I really think we are doomed with Hunter. One bad lineman can totally screw the entire unit. Hunter is going to kill the team this year if he doesn't figure it out.
How many times were we promised "monster seasons" out of various players who fell waaaaay short since Rex and his staff have been here?
Unless the term "monster" means "wasteful" to these guys, I'm not taking them for their word until I see it on the field.
100% on the money! Rex and staff need to shut up and produce after such a disaster last season after promising so much success. You cant boast and brag and then self destruct admitting you had no clue what was going on in the locker room............
Well, I think the Jets *have* to have a monster year from him or some combo of backs or this "ground and pound" stuff is going to fall flat on its face. They have to believe that the ground game is going to be a major component. That's pretty obvious unless it's all a ruse and the Jets come out throwing 50 times a game (doubtful). This article isn't exactly earth-shattering.