Jets head coach Rex Ryan said he plans to use a running back by committee, per Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com.
“I think it is the ideal scenario for us because we have three very capable backs,” Ryan said, via Ehalt. “Instead of just throwing one guy in there all the time to take all the hits and all the protections and the routes and all that. I think when you have three guys coming in, I think that’s what the league is going to. You don’t have that guy that necessarily does it all every snap anymore the way you used to with a Walter Payton or whatever. You kind of divide that role up. I think for us it’s good.”
The Jets used this running back by committee during last weeks win against the Rams. Bilal Powell played 28 snaps, Shonn Greene played 26, and Joe McKnight played seven. This is bad news for Greene as it’s starting to look as though his time as a featured running back with the Jets is over. Greene will be a free agent following the season, so this isn’t going to help his chances of securing even a decent contract on the open market.
Look for the Jets to do more of the same on Thanksgiving night as they take on the Patriots with Powell playing more on third-downs and inside the red-zone.