With all the problems in New York, one of the most glaring hasn’t gotten nearly enough attention.
Shonn Greene, the supposed centerpiece of the ground-and-pound offense, has been doing more grounding than pounding.
But coach Rex Ryan, who may or may not have confidence in starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, definitely has confidence in Greene.
“Have I lost confidence in Shonn Greene? The answer is no,” Rex Ryan said Thursday, via Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “I think we keep giving him the ball. He’s working extremely hard. I just think it’s a matter of time before he really starts popping. We all know once he gets rolling, the whole team is lifted when your big back is running.”
Greene hasn’t been popping yet this year. His numbers are CJ0.2K-ish, with 79 carries for 217 yards and a 2.9-yard average.
With Greene five games in to the final season of his rookie deal, he needs to step up. Especially since the Jets have Bilal Powell available to take some of Greene’s touches.
Of course, the fact that Ryan has confidence in Greene likely means that owner Woody Johnson doesn’t. We’ll find out the next time Johnson is interviewed by CNBC or Bloomberg or some media outlet other than, you know, an actual sports station.