um ... duh. I've been saying this since last year. We haven't had an everydown back since Thomas Jones. I'm shocked its taking this long to utilize McKnight ... and he's still being underused. He's such a threat from the backfield as a receiver and we never use him.
As long as all three can pass block then I am all for it... In the past we were predictable by our personnel because we have so many one dimensional players... At least McKnight has multiple skill sets...
None of the three are good enough or durable enough for a full-time-job.
Combined, they might just be decent enough.
Glad to see, after all this time, the idea might have actualloy sunk into Jets O Coaching.
They always did well in 2009/2010 with two back approach.
They could still go back to that with Shonn Greene, they just need a workhorse RB that they can give the bulk of the carries to during the regular season. They do not have that workhorse at this moment.
So this is the best approach when you do not have the talent for other, more refined approaches.
Running game looked a bit better today, but I think some of it has to do with better play calling. Not as many calls for RB up the middle with straight ahead blocking. There was more kinetic action as dlinemen were being turned or attacked from angles instead of straight ahead.
Doesn't hurt that St. Louis was often running a wide 9 D and Sparano attacked that gap.
The running backs produced 120 yards on 39 carries.
It's like the QB that throws for 300 yards........on 50 attempts.
The passing game was efficient. The running game was bad.
We won the game because the defense played an excellent game against a bad offense. A bad offense that they just spent several years practicing against.
The defense not only shutdown the Rams offense, they routinely set the offense up with great field position.
I agree with your overall conclusion about the game. That said, even with it being against the Rams, there were some very nice moments in the running game. Granted, there was still a lot of the same old ****, but perhaps, just maybe, Sparano might look at what worked and emphasize that a bit more in the future.