Last season, the New York Jets saw their offense struggle with former coordinator Tony Sparano. His unimaginative strategy became too easy for opponents to stop. This genius idea discussed where quarterback Tim Tebow would operate as a “secret weapon” went nowhere. Jets head coach Rex Ryan eventually pronounced “Ground and Pound” dead and Sparano was dismissed.
While striving to implement something more creative, Gang Green hired offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. The former Philadelphia Eagles play caller helped guide five Top 10 finishes while with his former team. Running the West Coast offense with Donovan McNabb also produced great things, from a team prospective. This scheme adds unpredictability at times.
Longer pass plays actually can be found from Gang Green in 2013. Two long touchdown strikes to Stephen Hill and Santonio Holmes claim a Week 3 victory over the visiting Buffalo Bills. Again, this team would not have been able to deliver such game-changing moments a year ago. Yes, there is rookie Geno Smith, who so far is more dynamic then Mark Sanchez, however, he does have superior guidance.
Like anything though, Mornhinweg’s first few weeks have not been perfect. Week 2s loss against the New England Patriots saw a time where running back Chris Ivory was heating up by breaking off big runs. Suddenly more pass plays were called, which destroyed momentum. There is also a bad tendency that prevents offensive progress. Lining Bilal Powell or anyone up as Wildcat back evokes horrible memories of Tebow. It needs to stop. Overall, these first few games have shown enough promise in this individual.