For much of last season, the world watched as the inept New York Jets passing game floundered. They often failed to support a defense that tried to keep this team competitive. It is popular in pro sports for coaches to take the blame in these situations. After all, 2012 saw Gang Green get bogged down by then-offensive coordinator Tony Sparano’s awful play calling. His “genius” Tim Tebow package turned sour quickly.
Fast forward to last offseason with head coach Rex Ryan promising a more diverse attack. Enter former Philadelphia Eagles OC Marty Mornhinweg. The West Coast scheme that he runs is focused on more passing than Jets fans were accustomed to during Ryan’s tenure. In theory, these concepts sounded dynamic and unpredictable. At times, there was a visible difference as rookie quarterback Geno Smith showed a better arm strength than Mark Sanchez.
Mornhinwerg has a track record of successful play calling as five of his seven seasons in Philadelphia produced top-10 finishes. However, there were some frustrations at times with his overuse of the Wildcat formation or going away from something that works.
Playing “Monday morning quarterback” is easy though. These coaches make decisions largely based on in-game situations. Everyone saw how talent-deficient New York was in its receiving corps. That responsibility falls on GM John Idzik. Getting upgraded playmakers will allow this offensive approach to truly shine.
With Santonio Holmes likely gone, there must be two additions: preferably one speedster and one possession guy. Significant strides were made down the stretch last year. Their running game is potentially great with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell. Mornhinweg rightfully gets a second season to make the Jets’ offense consistent, a task I believe he will accomplish.