Today we continue our series of evaluating how each player on the Jets performed this past season, along with looking forward to what their role on the team will be next year…up today, running back Shonn Greene
Stat Line – 185 carries, 766 yards, 2 TDs, 16 receptions, 120 yards
Playoff Stat Line – 45 carries, 198 yards, 1 TD, 1 reception, 9 yards
Best Moment – Goodnight New England…maybe the best moment of the entire Jets season came from Greene. You really can hear the tears flowing from Nantz and Simms in this clip.
Best Game – Statistically his best game was against Buffalo in week 4, when he finished with 117 yards on 22 carries (the only game he received more than 20 carries by the way). However, I thought the best he looked was in week 16 against the Bears when he finished with 70 yards on 12 carries with a touchdown and in the AFC Championship Game when he racked up 52 yards on (inexplicably) only 9 carries.
Overall Evaluation – It was a disappointing overall year for Greene. Most of us expected him to seize the lead back role after his run in the 2009 post-season but he was never quite able to do it. I would argue the coaching staff didn’t give him enough work down the stretch run, however he has his slow start to blame for that. Fortunately, LaDainian Tomlinson played better than expected which helped compensate for Greene’e lower than expected output. Two total touchdowns in the regular season just isn’t cutting it either. (C+)
Future – Hopefully Greene will be motivated by last season and grab the lead back role by throat in 2011. He should be given the chance to even if Tomlinson returns for another year. The coaching staff needs to get him more than 20 carries on a much more consistent basis.