Message to the Jets: Show Thomas Jones the $$
Marcus Henry | 4/12/2011, 4:39 p.m.
Run, run and run some more.
The Jets game plan was so transparent in Sunday's 26-3 win over Tampa Bay it was criminal. Run the ball and don't allow backup quarterback Kellen Clemens to lose the game. As vanilla as that sounds, you can do that against a team as inept as the Buccaneers (1-12, who didn't a first down until the 9:11 mark of the third quarter. And that was due to a bonehead penalty by Bart Scott. You can also do that when you have one of the most durable running backs in the league in Thomas Jones.Jones, who's missed just three games in the last seven years, showed the football world why he might be deserving of the contract extension he is seeking.The 31-year-old vet carried 24 times for 99 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. He also surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth straight season. If this story sounds familiar, you only have to think back a few years to recall the plight of former Jets great Curtis Martin. Martin led the league in rushing at 31 years old. Jones won't lead the league, but to surpass the 1,000-yard mark past the age of 30 is impressive. But the Jets may not see it that way. With rookie Shonn Green running as well as he has this season, the Jets could make Jones expendable in the offseason. The team refused to grant him a contract extension last summer. That could be a sign of things to come if Green finishes the season strong and Leon Washington fully recovers from a devastating leg injury.Green, a New Jersey native, is averaging five yards per carry this season. On Sunday the former Iowa standout carried six times for 41 yards. With that type of pressure, you'd think Jones might be tense, but the veteran ball carrier hasn't shown any signs of slowing down.Jets coach Rex Ryan is no fool. With an unspectacular Clemens running the offense, there was no way Ryan was going to let him throw the game away. Ryan said: "We're going to be who we are, we believe in running the football...That's our game plan and it's been that way all year."Jones and Jets are back in action on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Meadowlands.