After a string of bad marriages and countless Sundays of head-scratching angst is it possible Jets fans finally have an offensive coordinator they can embrace? Tony Sparano and his ill-fated Year of the Wildcat starring Tim Tebow was universally mocked last season because of its mind-numbing lack of creativity. “BS” (before Sparano) life quickly went south for Brian Schottenheimer despite his admirable work in developing a raw Mark Sanchez at quarterback while the Jets went to consecutive AFC Championship games in 2009 and 2010. Schottenheimer’s struggling offense in 2011 elicited angry “Schotty Must Go” chants from fans that led to his departure. So after Schottenheimer enraged Jets fans with some game-day play calling that bordered on schizophrenic and Sparano mystified them with cluelessness enter Marty Mornhinweg who was hired by Jets coach Rex Ryan to loosen the reins on a dormant offense. Ryan’s well-worn “ground-and-pound” slogan and philosophy have been replaced by a different way of doing offensive business and a new buzzword: “attack.” Entering Sunday’s game against the 2-1 Titans in Nashville Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith has completed four passes of 40 or more yards — all coming in last Sunday’s 27-20 win over the Bills. The Jets had a total of six such big plays in 16 games last season and just three in 2011. Smith also is tied for the NFL lead with Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers with nine completions of more than 20 yards in the air. That’s a pretty impressive statistic and even more impressive quarterbacking company with which to be associated. Don’t expect Mornhinweg to take his foot off the gas either. He appears to be a lead-footed driver as an offensive coordinator. Regardless of the opponent Mornhinweg is going to push the ball down the field. It is the reason Ryan hired him in the first place.
Jets may have found offensive mind in Mornhinweg
New York Post | Sep 27