Shonn Greene shot me that I-know-you-didn’t-say-what-I-thought-you-said look when I broached the topic about tweaking his running style to better preserve his body.
The Jets have a stingy defense and a promising young quarterback, but Greene is likely the most irreplaceable piece to its championship puzzle.
For a run-heavy team with Super Bowl aspirations, it’s imperative that the bruising second-year running back stays healthy. So, I proposed a few hypothetical scenarios designed to avoid contact and keep Greene on the field for the duration of the season.
Each of my suggestions was summarily dismissed.
“We don’t run out of bounds,” Greene told me. “I’ve been taught that all my life…. I don’t think that’s going to help the way I play by doing that. If I just go out and do what I do, everything else will take care of itself.”
“That’s what I do,” he added. “I play the game of football. You can’t worry, ‘Oh, what if I do this? What if I run out of bounds?’ No, that’s not the game of football to me. Football is a hard-nosed game.”
The sky is the limit for Shonn Greene this year. He knows the spotlight is on him after the great season Thomas Jones had in 2009. With one of the best running backs in history (LT) backing him up, Greene is geared up for 2010. He is currently ranked #13 on the 4for4 RB Cheat Sheet.