Shonn Greene Attempts Damage Control

Mary Ann Chastain

Running back looks to clarify remark.

Shonn Greene looked to "clarify" his remarks to Yahoo regarding the team's quarterback situation to Cimini.

I spoke to Greene late Wednesday night. This is what he said about his quote: "I said, 'We're 3-6 and something has to change.' At no time did I say we have to change quarterbacks or Tebow is terrible or any of that."

Asked to state his position on the Mark Sanchez-Tim Tebow situation, Greene told me, "It is what it is. Mark is our starting quarterback, Tebow is our backup and he does the Wildcat."

Here is what Greene did say:

"Something's got to change," Jets running back Shonn Greene told Yahoo! Sports. "When you get to the point where you're 3-6, and losing and losing, a couple of guys are like, 'Oh, what would happen [if Tebow played]?' But guys at the same time have faith in Mark, so it's kind of an up-and-down thing.

"You feel bad for Mark, but at the same time you want to win games. We're not here to protect people's feelings. If you want to win games, you've got to try something. If somebody's not getting the job done, you see if somebody else can do it. It's the same with coaching, or any position. You don't mean to belittle someone or say 'he sucks.' That's just the harsh reality."

So there you have it. On a day where all anybody wanted to talk about was comments critical of a quarterback on the team, Greene directly referenced the starting quarterback saying, "Something's got to change," and saying somebody not getting the job done should step aside. Greene knew everything he said about the quarterback situation would be dissected.

At best, this was a mistake caused by poor judgment, but it really looks like backpedaling.

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