The New York Jets will be with their third offensive coordinator in three years, hoping that Marty Mornhinweg is the answer for years to come. Switching offenses is tough on a team, specifically the quarterback, and especially if you are Mark Sanchez.
However, if you think its tough for the team to switch to a whole new offense, how tough do you think it is for Monrhinweg? The newly appointed offensive coordinator has to some how find a way to devise a blueprint for success for a team with no set quarterback, and no legitimate offensive weapons. You can be sure though that his first task is to rectify the quarterback situation, either developing rookie Geno Smith into a franchise quarterback, or somehow saving Sanchez’ career.
What has been reassuring to fans and Jet personnel alike is that the players like him. They like his vibe and his energy that he has brought to the team thus far. Just ask Jeremy Kerley.
“Marty’s like a Cadiliac,” Kerley said, according to Newsday.com. “He’s laid back. He’s cool. He gives us the leeway to be ourselves. I love the offense he’s bringing.
OK, a quick slot receiver says he loves the offense Mornhinweg is bringing, which not to mention, favors guys like Kerley, who favor a short and quick west coast offense like style of play; his comments might not mean much. The money maker question is: can he keep control of the locker room?
“Just to see the way Marty installs plays,” said Sanchez, according to Newsday.com. “He can reach everybody in the room….Marty just has a way of explaining it and it comes from his experience.”
Even though it might be Sanchez, the fact that players are saying things like this is a good thing. It seems like people like playing for Marty, and that he will be able to control the locker room, something that former coordinators Brian Schottenheimer and Tony Sparano seemed like they couldn’t.
It’s about time that the Jets adapt to the new wave of the NFL — the west-coast offense. Mornhinweg has already installed his offensive approach with the team, and so far the players are responding well. The Jets don’t have four quick, speedy, dynamic running backs for nothing in Chris Ivory, Mike Goodson, Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight — maybe that means something.