Jets fans and fantasy owners alike have wanted Shonn Greene to get the ball more the last two years. It sounds like they are going to get their wish in 2011.
Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer says Greene will “without a doubt” be the team’s primary rusher after taking a back seat to LaDainian Tomlinson for much of last year.
“We expect a breakout season from him,” Schottenheimer said. “He’s a guy that’s got just huge, huge, huge potential that we think is right there ready for him to grab.”
The timing of Schottenheimer saying Greene is “ready to take the next step” is interesting. The team is bringing back LaDainian Tomlinson, drafted Bilal Powell in the fourth round, and want to get Joe McKnight involved more.
Still, it sounds like Schottenheimer wants to use Greene as a workhorse-type back that approaches 300 carries. It helps that Tomlinson has signed off on the plan, saying he wants to be the best third down back in the league.
Greene has the potential to be one most powerful, explosive backs in the league. Now he just has to realize that potential over 16 games.