In what might come as a surprise to anyone who watched Shonn Greene play for the Jets, the Titans think he has enough ability to warrant taking touches away from Chris Johnson.
And in the process, Titans coach Mike Munchak compared him to the franchise’s previous best back.
“I know as a [former] line coach myself that we haven’t had a guy like that in a while,” Munchak told FOX Sports.com’s Alex Marvez, on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “He reminds me of the Eddie George days — a guy that can fall forward, a guy that’s physical, a guy that can understand his role.
“We’re not going to have him as a short-yardage back, a goal-line back and four-minute back and that’s all he does. We feel he can play all three downs. He may get a series where he gets going and we’re taking over the line of scrimmage and you want that runner in there and we leave him in there.”
Signing him to a three-year, $10 million contract was the first indication they were serious about adding him. But after Greene posted a pedestrian 3.9 yards per carry last year for the Jets, it seemed like another one of Bud Adams’ overpriced impulse buys.
Johnson might never duplicate his 2,006-yard 2009 season, but he has an explosive element Greene hasn’t shown. But the Titans seem serious about taking some of the burden off quarterback Jake Locker, and a beefed-up running game would do just that.