Monday, September 24, 2012
Rex: Jets RBs 'left yards on the field'
By Ian Begley
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- A day after the Jets ran for just 88 yards against Miami, Rex Ryan offered a pretty damning indictment of his running backs.
"Did I think we left some yards on the field? Absolutely," Ryan said. ".... There was a chance to get the ball outside, just different things. But I would give credit to the opponent because they did an outstanding job."
Shonn Greene struggled in particular against Miami, managing just 40 yards on 19 carries. On the season, Greene is averaging 2.8 yards per carry.
So much for ground and pound.
"We'd like to get him going more," Ryan said of Greene. "Without question we'd like to see him get that average up over four yards per carry. But, again, we'll see. We'll keep working at it and hope we can get something going."
Bilal Powell had a better day than Greene, running for 45 yards on 10 carries. Ryan was asked if the team would he consider using Powell and Joe McKnight earlier in games and bringing in Greene later.
"That's certainly a possibility that we'll look into," the coach said. "It's possible. we'll look at anything that we think can help our team. Has that been discussed? No…. We will look at all possibilities going into a game. Is that going to happen? I don't know."