Shonn Greene is ready to get behind the wheel and drive. And that means not just motoring with the rock against the Ravens in two days but sharing the wheel in whatever way Rex Ryan and Brian Schottenheimer determine.
Green, the second-year veteran, parried every attempt to draw him out on his true feelings on being the Jets’ no. 1 back but in the same backfield with Hall of Famer-to-be LaDainian Tomlinson.
“It’s going good,” he said about the relationship between him and Tomlinson. “We push each other, as we should. And the thing about me and him is I think we both can get the job done. so whoever’s in there, we’re going to strive for each other and push for each other.”
I asked him about “probably” (Coach Ryan’s word) starting the season as a starter again, something he hadn’t done in two years, or since his senior season at Iowa. is this a special time for him? how fired up is he to be the top tailback for his team again?
Greene deftly turned the “I” back into a “we.”
“Yeah, I’m pumped. I’m ready to start the season,” he said. “We just got done with a long offseason, with the preseason, so I think everybody’s a little anxious to get the real thing started.”
The great thing about Year 2 of Ground & Pound is that so far, before a single play has been run in the regular season, the Jets appear to have every bit as strong a two-headed backfield as they had last year or any year since Curtis Martin couldn’t carry the load anymore. Greene still is packing his punch.
“The guy runs hard,” said backup guard Rob Turner. “He’d just as soon run over somebody as run around him.”
And in the most active preseason of his storied career, Tomlinson showed that old giddyup with the 43-yard burst against the Redskins and a 5.9-yard average on 22 carries.
“I saw that right away,” Greene said of the classic LT form. “From the beginning, I wasn’t one of those who thought he had lost it. I’m still a huge fan of his.”
With the kind of summer Tomlinson has had, it’s easy to overlook Greene just a little, but that would be dangerous for opponents. SG had his coming-out game in Week 7 at Oakland after Leon Washington went down.
And if you want to throw out that 19-carry, 144-yard game, that would be OK. Once Greene started getting the ball regularly with the Carolina game (which perhaps coincidentally coincided with the Jets’ 7-2 finish through the AFC title game), he got 118 carries and averaged 5.3 yards a pop.
Sure, there are injury worries from outside due to his aggressive style, and sophomore jinx concerns no doubt as well. but Greene says he’s completely healthy and he talks like a humble young man who is about to play a key role in whatever lies ahead in 2010.
The guys who are blocking for him say they have a good feeling about no. 23.
Nick Mangold: “He’s still learning. He’s got a lot of great natural instinct and ability. He’s made good progress from last year to this year. I think he’s taking his role very seriously. He’s trying to excel as best he can. I think he’s doing a good job.”
Turner: “There probably were questions about why he was a third-rounder when he was drafted, but at the end of last year and obviously during the playoffs, he showed up and put himself out there.”
As for the effect Greene and Tomlinson together can have as the Jets attempt to become just the sixth team since the 1970 merger to notch back-to-back no. 1 rushing seasons, tackle Damien Woody likes what he’s seeing.
“Our goal is to be ascendant as the season progresses,” D-Wood said. “We feel we’ve got really good players in place, really talented runners in the backfield who complement each other very well. the line is in sync. I think we’re doing pretty well.
“So now we’ve got one more practice to get it tuned up. And on Monday we’ll put it on the showroom floor.”
The five teams, with their leading rushers, who led the NFL in rushing for two or more consecutive seasons since 1970:
Miami — Larry Csonka, 2 seasons, 1971-72
Chicago — Walter Payton, 4 seasons, 1983-86
Cincinnati — Ickey Woods, James Brooks, 2 seasons, 1988-89
Buffalo — Thurman Thomas, 2 seasons, 1991-92
Atlanta — Warrick Dunn, 3 seasons, 2004-06
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I have them going 12-4.
vs Ravens(loss, VERY close game to open new stadium)
vs Vikings(win, matchup well with Vikings who are limited at WR)
@ Broncos(Jets Defense take over here, win off turnovers)
vs Packers(loss, Sanchez gives up the game like vs Saints last year)
@ Lions(easy win)
@ Steelers(loss, close won)
@ Bears(win, Defense gets turnovers vs Cutler)
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