Ryan indicated that Greene and Tomlinson "are both the centerpiece" of the Jets' rushing scheme. Ryan -- a rabid proponent of the ground-and-pound attack -- wants the two backs to receive "15 carries apiece" in an ideal game.
Greene suffered through a dreadful debut as starter in the Jets' 10-9 loss to the Ravens on Monday night. Greene finished with 18 yards on five carries, dropping a pass and fumbling twice. He was pulled from the game in the second quarter after his second fumble led to a turnover. He didn't touch the ball again.
Tomlinson excelled in Greene's place, showing a burst thought to have disappeared from his 31-year-old legs. He finished with 62 yards on 11 carries and added two catches for 16 yards.
Greene's breakout performance in the 2009 postseason was cited as a major reason the Jets chose to let Thomas Jones walk as a free agent, this despite Jones coming off a 14 touchdown, 1,400 yard campaign.
What remains to be seen is if Greene truly has lost some footing in the offense, or has simply found a place in Ryan's dog house for the short-term.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.