The New York Jets‘ offense was horrendous in 2012. Their offense was boring, predictable and turnover prone. They couldn’t run the ball, and their passing offense was 30th in the league, and ranked 28th in scoring offense.
So when the Jets hired Marty Mornhinweg, you knew the Jets were serious about change. Hiring Mornhinweg is a change in identity for a team that claimed it was a ground and pound offense–even though they didn’t particularly run the ball well.
With the new offensive coordinator, the Jets will change to a West Coast offense. Meaning it will be a pass-heavy offense filled with short, quick throws designed to attack the defense’s soft spots.
As the Jets prepare for their first year under the new coordinator, there’s proof in the history showing that Mornhinweg’s system works. His numbers show that he has helped his units to eight top-10 scoring offenses, nine top-10 passing offenses, and six top-10 rushing offenses. Mornhinweg’s offense is versatile and it can work.
Whoever the starting quarterback is–most likely Mark Sanchez–has to get on the same page with Mornhinweg. With the new offense, it’s all about timing and rhythm.
The starting quarterback has to work on his footwork and decision-making because this system is based on timing. The system relies on the quarterback-receiver relationship, so Sanchez, or whoever, has to get on the same page with the receivers and work on their chemistry and rhythm–this way it’s not so rushed like in previous systems when Sanchez had a countdown clock and had to get a play off at a certain time.
The new offense has a lot of slants, skinny posts, and out routes. So that means that the quarterback will have much more success in completing passes. The plays are simple, more safe and also has check-down options. But, at the same time, Mornhinweg likes to take his shots down field as well. From 2010-11, Mornhinweg’s Eagles were in the top 10 in passing plays of 20 yards or more. So it’s not all about the dinks and dunks for him. If it’s there, he will not hesitate to pull the trigger and ask for the shots down field. And that may develop after all those dinks and dunks.
Mornhinweg is also good at creating mismatches. The Jets roster doesn’t have many weapons to work with, so Mornhinweg will more than likely rely on creating mismatches, which he can do by actually utilizing the Jets’ running backs. Something that wasn’t done previously with Sparano, and could be a direct correlation to Sanchez’s regression in his game.
Marty Mornhinweg’s offense is very detailed and regimented, but also wants the element of surprise (by taking shots down field) in every play to keep the defenses on their toes.
It should be interesting to see how this all plays out, but with the change in identity for this offense, things can only get better.