When the New York Jets hired Marty Mornhinweg as their new offensive coordinator, it signaled a changing of the guard for a stagnant Jets offense that was 30th in the NFL in yards per game last season.
Mornhinweg runs a version of the West Coast offense, which emphasizes accurate passes and versatile running backs who can run, block and catch the ball out of the backfield. It’s a far cry from “ground-and-pound.”
When the Jets drafted Shonn Greene in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft, they believed that he could be the bell cow featured back who could carry the load and punish defenses with his hard-nosed running style.
For awhile, it was relatively successful. But with Mornhinweg in the fold, and Greene’s rookie contact expiring at the end of the 2012 season, it appears his days in a Jets uniform could very much be over after four seasons.
Young running backs Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight showed some promise at times in 2012, and both of them are probably far better suited for a West Coast offense than Greene would be.
New Jets general manager John Idzik will probably make some sweeping roster changes in his first off-season at the helm, and it doesn’t take an inside source to read the tea leaves on whether or not Greene will return.
While Greene may not be a very versatile player, there will definitely be a team out there who would be happy to give him a free agent contract this off-season. For better or for worse, it’s just probably not going to be the Jets.