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Greene’s Right in the Middle of This Run

Posted by Randy Lange on October 14, 2010 – 4:12 pm

There are several reasons for Shonn Greene to have a Rocky Mountain high this week. One is he’s never played in Denver before. Another is that he and the guys are eager to have an impactful game for their position coach, Anthony Lynn, who before he became a coach was a two-ring winner with the Broncos in 1997-98.

“This is a big game for him. We’ve been talking about it,” Greene said today at his locker. “We want to do our best for him.”

But Shonn, LaDainian Tomlinson and the “big fatties” up front want to grind away at the Broncos defense for two other reasons: They like being top dogs again.

“Every team, I think, wants to be No. 1 in certain categories,” Greene said. “That’s how our defense feels, and that’s also how we feel after being No. 1 in rushing last year. We want to continue that.”

Greene continues to talk in “we” terms even when the questions are about himself, and this is a good thing. The Jets have transitioned from TJ to LT, from Alan Faneca to Matt Slauson, everyone’s a year older, and yet the Green & White are again, as they finished the 2009 season, the top team in the NFL in rushing yards per game.

And SG, even though he started only two of the five games, even though he’s gotten almost 20 percent fewer carries than Tomlinson, is making this ground game a force to be reckoned with. In fact, Greene’s 280 rushing yards are the most by a No. 2 back in the league at this point. Talk about a one-two punch.

“Shonn just keeps hitting you, he keeps hitting you, then he bounces it on you,” head coach Rex Ryan said at today’s news conference at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. “He can bury teams in the fourth quarter. That’s his running style.”

Greene helped throw dirt on the Vikings with his 23-yard misdirection-run TD with 4:30 to play Monday night, but Ryan remembered another run when a Minny safety, perhaps Madieu Williams, tried to take him down.

“The safety came down and tried to take his ankles out. He dove low — and Shonn still rammed him with his helmet,” Ryan said with that ground-and-pound smile. “How the heck did he get his body down there? He has such great forward lean and balance. No matter how low the safety got, Shonn got lower. That was impressive.”

“That’s what I try to do, so at the end of the game, the fourth quarter, nobody’s going to want to come down and tackle me,” Greene said of his powerful style. “I think I picked up that style back in high school. The main reason for me playing football was that I liked to be physical and rough. I always had that mentality to be tougher than the next guy.”

Some still worry about Greene’s style banging him up too much for the postseason, but sharing the load with Tomlinson won’t hurt his late-season health. If the Jets’ two-man wrecking crew keep up its current pace, the two will finish the regular season with a combined 442 carries for 2,288 yards. Split those numbers up roughly in half and there’s more than enough to go around for both Greene and Tomlinson to help the Jets lead the league again and, more important, to supply a big chunk of the team’s planned-for playoff run.

Rex Cetera

We already tweeted the news that Ryan and the team’s doctors and trainers had both CB Darrelle Revis and LB Calvin Pace “limited” at today’s practice, taking part in some but not all team drills, a step up from Wednesday’s “did not participate” for both.

Rex isn’t yet ready to declare both players ready to roll for Denver, but he did state that “Both will definitely make the trip. … I’m hoping both of them can go. We’ll see. That flight is a long one. We’ll see how they come out of the flight and how they run around a little bit on Saturday.”

Update: 6:05 p.m. EDT: The Broncos’ injury report still contains 10 names but four have improved their status. RB Andre Brown (illness) and LB Mario Haggan (neck) practiced full today, while RBs Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and Spencer Larsen (ankle) were limited. Six did not participate in any team drills: safeties Brian Dawkins (knee) and Darcel McBath (ankle), LBs Robert Ayers (foot) and Wesley Woodyard (hamstring), CB André Goodman (quad) and rookie WR-KR Demaryius Thomas (concussion).

A Big Jenks Comeback?

Ryan was asked about DT Kris Jenkins, who suffered his second season-ending knee injury, this one in the Baltimore opener, saying recently that he wants to come back and play again in 2011. Rex was all for that.

“You’ve got to be 100 percent committed. If he wavers, that’s going to be tough. But I love the fact that he’s saying it right now,” the coach said. “We all know Jenks. If he says it, he’s going to go out and do it.

“We were expecting he was going to have a huge year for us. Coming off this injury, you’d like to see him really get his weight off earlier, which can only help him. This guy is a special player. I’m hoping he can do it. I don’t think he’s done.”

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21 Responses to “Greene’s Right in the Middle of This Run”

  1. By IRA on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, Heard KJ on ESPN 1050 today and he sounded great. Hope it all works out for him. He sure deserves it.
    The 442 carries would be way off of the 607 they put up last year. The difference would be the short passing game and throwing more of course.
    Sure have to worry about Greene’s durability becuase of his style but so far so good. Still would like to see about a 60-40 splt with LT and Greene.
    The Jets should be able to rack up some bigtime rushing numbers this week. And kudos to Slauson and Coach Callahan. I always said in Calahan we trust.
    GO JETS!!!!!

  2. By Randy Lange on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Ira, those 442 projected carries are just for Tomlinson and Greene. At their current pace, the Jets would rack up 522 total carries, a robust number of attempts but still well off of last year’s 607.

  3. By Pranit on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Shonn Greene should go wild this week…I really like his style of running…He needs to improve his vision (i think)…if there is just one defender left, then instead of going directly at him (for a bang-bang collision), maybe avoid him and hope he misses…LT does this very well…(the cut he made in the buffalo game)…

  4. By Christopher on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah, Slauson has done a great job. Left guard was definitely a concern going into the season and so far it has been mostly positive. Ground and Pound should be in full effect for Sunday. I would be shocked if both backs don’t get 100 yards each.

    Our biggest concern has to be the safety positions. Where was our safety on the long TD pass to Moss? Leonard is doing well against the run, blitz, and on special teams, but not against the deep ball. Pool and Smith are almost invisable out there. A few decent tackles, but not many big plays. I know Kerry and Rex didn’t see eye to eye, but Kerry has talent and we have seen a drop off this year and is obviously our weakest link. Can Revis play safety?

  5. By Christopher on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    If Revis could play safety it would take some pressure off his hamstring not needing to accellerate and be physical off the line. It is something you know defenses are not preparing for.

    Can we get the ball in Brad Smith’s hands more? This guy is the unsung MVP of this team. I expect Brad will get more plays as we get closer to and into the playoffs, we don’t want to show too much on film this early, but what a great weapon. I know he is not at the top of the list, but I hope we can resign this guy.

  6. By Christopher on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Watching the end of that game again, the 2 minute thing. First off, after our first down we run a play straight up the middle and are stopped instantly, forcing us to run another play before the 2 minute warning, and we all know what happened there, it got worse.

    When you know you need to take some time off the clock to make sure you can run the play clock down to the 2 minute warning, why not call a reverse there, it takes time to run. After that play would have been the 2 minute warning and Minny would have had 0 timeouts. then run 2 plays to get the clock down to about 30 seconds…intead we give it back with 1:45, or something like that, left in the game. Did someone send Favre some flowers and a thank you card yet?

  7. By KevinFan4Life on Oct 14, 2010 | Reply

    Is Bart in here…been looking for that missing “Mad-Backer”. I hope he makes the flight to Denver…will surely miss that 57 on the field…but then haven’t seen much of him the last few games….Maybe Harris knows…he stands right next to him…BART…BART…WHERE ARE YOU…????

  8. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Christopher, I’m not with ya on either Rhodes or Smith. Leonhard may have to step up on pass coverage but Rhodes was invisible on most everything last year and never lived up to the promise of his rookie season. Pool and Cromartie are basically leading a whole new secondary without Revis, so that’s going to take some time — not that you’d know it by the way Cro played last week. As for Smith, his 32.2 kick return average is his most valuable contribution. A few Wildcat plays now and then won’t but half the time Schotty calls them, they do nothing but kill momentum on O. I’m much more interested in watching Sanchez learn to throw consistently well to Holmes, Edwards, Cotchery, Keller, and LT.

  9. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    That was supposed to be “a few Wildcat plays now and then won’t hurt” — more than that every game will hurt and take our eye off the main goal, which is a multi-threat, high-scoring offense led by a consistently accurate, confident Sanchez.

  10. By Troy on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    You Guys bashing Bart need to take a closer look at whats going on when plays are developing ,He’s the one eating up Blocks(Guards & F-Backs) to clear a path for Harris,he’s doing exactly what he’s supposed to be doing ,he’s also had a few Fumble Forces and recoveries, and his presence and ability to keep the D hungry is paramount..

  11. By dave on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    RANDY – you do a great job, as always.

    question – With the great job slauson is doing this year, what happens to Vlad? Will they start having him learn the tackle position and groom him to be the eventual replacement to Woody? he does seem to have that right tackle size and demeanor, and woody is getting up in years. Or is he still a viable contender for the LG position?

    Also, what draft picks to the jets still have for next year?

  12. By Randy Lange on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    dave, nothing’s been said recently. If Vlad Ducasse shows a great leap forward after his rookie season, he could still be a contender at LG but from the looks of it he’s going to have to wrestle it away from Matt Slauson. Regarding the 2011 draft, I have nothing official but the Jets gave up a second-day (2 or 3) pick for Antonio Cromartie but picked up a third-day pick for Kerry Rhodes.

  13. By dave on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    and as far as the wildcat – when we use it two or three times a game, the other team has to spend time game planning for it. This is a valuable weapon – and last i checked one that usually has a 10 yard average!

    I hope B smith is a jet for life!

  14. By russ on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    If the Jets use Cothery and Keller in the red zone more offense will be more effective leaving Edwards and Holmes to “get” us in the red zone…Just a thought on lack of touchdowns last week….

  15. By 37 year fan on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Randy , thanks for the update on Big Jenks ….Sad story ….Love that guys’ fighting spirit ….I thought for sure he was done,..But I also thought Ladanian was finished .

  16. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, can you explain why the word “bull—-” was run in one of the posts to Chrebet’s column and what it means when it’s listed as an obscenity but still appears in print? I’m not planning on using the word — not on the site, anyway, maybe in response to more of Schotty’s passing on 1st and 8 — but I’m wondering exactly what the policy is.

  17. By Randy Lange on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Tom, thanks for pointing that out. The comment was posted in error and has been taken down. If a commenter wants to say “bull,” that’s fine, but all other variations and abbreviations of the word are not fine and the comment containing them won’t be posted.

  18. By davetharave on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    The season is too long (and about to get longer) for one running back to carry most or all of the load. They have nothing left in January. LT and Shonn will preserve each other for the playoffs. If Brad Smith THREW more off the Wildcat, now that would be something to mess up other teams planning for our offense. He’s such a talented athlete, I bet he could provide safety help as well. Key to beating Denver . . keep their offense off the field. Run Run Run and pass when it’s there. 40 minutes possession.

  19. By Christopher on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Tom…I agree Rhodes wasn’t exactly the best option and I wasn’t heartbroken that he was gone. I hope we’re all just waiting on Pool to get up to speed with this defense. I’m ok with Leonhard because I know he has multiple roles and plays some of those roles at a high level, he just needs to improve his pass protection (especially when he is the help deep), but Pool needs to be a bigger force in that secondary.

  20. By Westcoast GangGreen on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Troy, agree with you 100% about Bart, all the hidden things he does on the field, that make his teammates better…

  21. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 16, 2010 | Reply

    Totally agree with you about Pool, Christopher, he’s had flashes of brilliance but we need to see more — and he dropped a big interception last week, too!

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