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.
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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