Greene frustrated with stagnant offense

August, 19, 2012
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Shonn Greene, Mathias KiwanukaAP Photo/Bill KostrounShonn Greene ran for 36 yards on 11 carries against the Giants.

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Shonn Greene knows the Jets offense can be better. As one of the main ingredients in Rex Ryan's ground-and-pound offense, the Jets’ top running back has felt like the team get going in the preseason only to be stopped cold by the most annoying things.

“I think we were moving the ball well and we would get at certain points where we’d go offsides or get a sack,” Greene said. “It just killed our momentum, just frustrating when you know you can move the ball on somebody but you can’t finish.”

The Jets lost their preseason encounter against the Giants on Saturday night at MetLife Stadium, 26-3, and Greene had 11 carries for 36 yards, an average of 3.3 yards per carry and gained two of four Jets first team offense first downs.

“Shonn had a couple of great runs,” Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez said. “We had some drives going and we had the false start and then we had the holding (penalty). That kind of stuff can’t happen.”

Greene said it was fair to say that the Jets hoped the offense would be further along for the second preseason game. The first-team offense still hasn’t scored in the three quarters it has been on the field in two preseason games.

“After this performance you could say that,” Greene said. “We have the players, we just have to execute a lot better.”

The Jets will get another shot at that next week, and what is Greene looking to see?

“Just finishing drives,” Greene said. “We just can’t keep going three and out, three and out, putting our defense back on the field that quick. We have to have big plays too. We have to have explosive plays. We have to get field position, we need big plays and just finishing drives.”
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.

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