I know it was one game and I'm not one to overreact about a player having one good game. However, lets look at what we got. Shawn Green is a good runner and if he gets to day light, he can take it to the house if he runs through the last line of defense. LaDainian Tomlinson is a great runner and if he gets to day light, he has the ability to make the last line of the defense miss.
Shawn Green is much younger but has a history of fumbling and getting injury. LaDainian Tomlinson has a history of injuries in his past too, but most has come late in the season, which leads me to my reasons to start him over green.
OK, it would be stupid to run LaDainian Tomlinson more then 15 times a game, this would wear him down in this 16 game schedule. Yet, with LaDainian Tomlinson ability to find the hole faster, plus his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, gives the Jets offense a much desired punch. And we should all agree, the Jets need to put some points on the score board. Green should carry the ball more in the second half of games when defenses are more tired and are more likely to miss tackles on his punishing running style. So while LaDainian Tomlinson would and should start, most of his runs should come in the first half. With his ability to break the long run, the Jets should be able to put up more points in the first half, with Shawn green helping them play keep away with him doing most but not all his running in the second half.
One other thing. Ray Lewis had two plays where he blew up the Jets run game. One when he stop Shawn Green and one when he blew up the fullback. There's no doubt, Ray Lewis is a future hall of famer; however, when a line backer gets that much penetration on run plays, it's because he most likely know what the play is before its called. Which leads me to think/feel that the Jets running game is too predictable. I believe both runs were their bread and butter play where the running back runs in the four hole or between the tackle and the guard. The same play they beat the chargers with.
Should the Jets
start LaDainian Tomlinson (25 votes)
start Shawn Green (35 votes)
find a new bread and butter play (9 votes)
69 total votes