The ground-and-pound approach of the Jets' offense, a punishing, ball-moving scheme that has led the team to consecutive AFC Championship Games, fizzled Sunday in the season-opening win over the Cowboys, unable to counter the Dallas charge.
"Obviously we thought we were gonna run the ball more than we did," Rex Ryan said. "They kind of took that away from us."
The Jets attempted 44 passes to just 16 runs, an uneven play-call sheet dictated by Ryan's twin brother, Rob, the new defensive coordinator for Dallas, and his display of blitzes and stunts the Jets never saw on film before taking the field. Instead of exploding through gaps, tailback Shonn Greene, who rushed for 26 yards on 10 carries, met Cowboys, be they linebackers or defensive backs, crowding crevices he typically exploits. Third-down back LaDainian Tomlinson fared no better, gaining 16 yards on five carries.
The Jets Offensive line seemed over-matched and Greene was slow to hit any holes that did appear. However, it's only week one. Greene remains a solid #2 RB.