Detailed Look at Shonn Greene’s Performance vs. the Bills Week 1

Detailed Look at Shonn Greene’s Performance vs. the Bills Week 1

I’m a stats hound, ask anyone who knows me.  I can get lost in the numbers analyzing season stats.  This week there were a ton of people down on Shonn Greene’s performance despite him almost running for 100 yards against the Buffalo Bills in week 1.

e_man I don’t think the #Jets define the Ground & Pound as (put the ball on the “ground & pound” your fist in disgust). Hold the rock Greene. 9/11/12 3:23 PM

Remember, this is his first year as a pro as the true and only number 1 RB on a team.  Many people say he makes a better number 2 change of pace back.

You can’t simply just look on yards gained however; as it doesn’t tell the entire story.  PFF has Greene the 37th best running back in week one out of 40 backs.


Greene Fumbles into the End zone.

“Until you’ve been a No. 1 back, it’s OK to question it,” running backs coach Anthony Lynn said.

“Shonn’s always been a companion back. He’s never been a true No. 1. This is his first year as a true No. 1.”

So let’s break it down:

  • Greene took 46 snaps, of which he carried he ball 27 times for 94 yards, averaging 3.5 per carry.  NOT GOOD.
  • He fumbled the ball twice.  Although the Jets didn’t lose the ball in both cases, you can’t drop the rock.  VERY BAD.
  • Green had most of his success running right behind Mangold, Howard and the tight end lined up right.
  • D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Slauson were not effective rush blocking. (see the rush direction chart below)

Rush Direction Chart – Click to Enlarge

Pro Football Focus is probably the best with stats and ranking the players (it is a paid subscription).

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