New York Jets RB Chris Johnson knows he has the potential to rush for 1,000 yards and expects a bounce-back year. But he needs the help of offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. Johnson claimed that after being separated from Mike Heimerdinger, former offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, he hit a slump. Johnson had multiple coordinators after his best season with Heimerdinger in 2009 (rushing 2,006 yards) who didn’t know how to use him. Under OC Chris Palmer from 2011-12 and OC Dowell Loggains in 2013, Johnson’s production declined. After averaging 1,532 rushing yards per year from 2008-2010, he fell to 1,122 yards over the last three seasons. But Johnson has faith that Mornhinweg will put him in the right positions to succeed this season.
After a brief stint as the head coach of the Detriot Lions in 2001 and 2002, Mornhinweg has gone back to what he’s best at: coaching the offense. During his nine years with the Philadelphia Eagles, Mornhinweg led the offense with unpredictable plays and diverse schemes. Some have criticized that his West Coast offense style won’t fit with the Jets’ “ground and pound” mantra, but look at what he did with the Eagles’ rush offense. RB LeSean McCoy was not waiting around on the sideline with nothing to do. Mornhinweg knew when to use his best RB to extend the offensive drives and keep the defense on its heels.