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    Arrow O dept. : Marty Ball ! !

    New Jets coordinator Mornhinweg ready to lead way in offensive turnaround

    It hit Marty Mornhinweg one morning on the scale. He was no longer a player. He had injured his knee a few years earlier playing quarterback for the Denver Dynamite of the Arena League. Mornhinweg figured he would return to playing at some point, but had become a coach in the interim.

    Then he realized his future in football was wearing a whistle, not a helmet.

    “I stepped on the scale and I thought the scale was broken,” Mornhinweg said. “I said, ‘I guess I’m coaching.’ ”

    More than two decades have passed and Mornhinweg is still a coach, the new offensive coordinator of the Jets. After 10 seasons running the Eagles’ offense, Mornhinweg moved up the Turnpike to attempt to jumpstart the Jets offense, which was 30th in the NFL last season. He will be on the field today as the Jets begin rookie mini-camp with new quarterback Geno Smith.Bill Kostroun, University of Montana Athletics (below)LIFETIME OF LESSONS: New Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who set 89 offensive records as a four-year starting quarterback in college at Montana (below), is looking to answer all of Gang Green’s questions on offense with the knowledge he has acquired after more than 30 years as a coach. University of Montana Athletics LIFETIME OF LESSONS: New Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who set 89 offensive records as a four-year starting quarterback in college at Montana (above), is looking to answer all of Gang Green’s questions on offense with the knowledge he has acquired after more than 30 years as a coach.It is the latest stop in a football life for the 51-year-old who was born in Oklahoma, became a star high school quarterback in Northern California and won a Super Bowl in his first NFL job in Green Bay.

    Mornhinweg became a high school legend at Oak Grove High in San Jose, Calif., in the late ’70s. He once played the second half of a playoff game with a broken ankle. He shattered records and drew recruiting letters from all of the biggest schools in the country.Then they discovered he was only 5-foot-10 and backed off. His high school offensive coordinator was Mike Holmgren, who would go on to become the head coach of the Packers and Seahawks. Holmgren once compared Mornhinweg with three all-time great quarterbacks he coached — Steve Young, Joe Montana and Brett Favre.

    “If [Mornhinweg] had been a little taller,” Holmgren wrote in a Wisconsin newspaper, “he might have been better than all of those guys.”Instead, Mornhinweg went to Montana where he set 89 offensive records as a four-year starter.When he graduated with a health and physical education degree in 1985, he took a graduate assistant job, figuring he would get into coaching. But when he was home in the summer the 49ers needed a quarterback for camp. He went and learned from Bill Walsh and Montana, studying the coach as much as the quarterback.

    “It was a great experience,” Mornhinweg said. “I got to take everything in half as a player and half as a coach.”He kept a notebook filled with plays from Walsh’s greaseboard, a notebook he still has today. He went on to play in the Arena League in 1987 before injuring his knee and ending his playing days.After bouncing around the college game for seven years, he took a quality control job with Holmgren and the Packers in 1995. A year later, he replaced Steve Mariucci as quarterbacks coach and the team won the Super Bowl. Mornhinweg then became the offensive coordinator of the 49ers under Mariucci.

    In his first three years in the NFL, he coached Favre and then Young.

    “I’ve been a little fortunate that way,” he said. “Those two are first-ballot Hall of Famers. Those two are quite different on and off the field. Brett is sort of a gunslinger. Steve is more of a surgeon.”Mornhinweg got a crack at being a head coach in 2001 with the Lions but lasted just two seasons, going 5-27.He went on to the Eagles where he went to another Super Bowl and then helped Michael Vick make his comeback from prison.When it became clear head coach Andy Reid’s time with the Eagles was over after last season, Mornhinweg and his wife, Lindsay, talked about returning to the West for his next job. Then, coach Rex Ryan called.

    The Jets had just fired Tony Sparano, whose plodding style failed miserably in one year with the team. Ryan wanted to open up the offense and he wanted Mornhinweg to do it.Mornhinweg left his house outside Philadelphia early one morning in January to meet Ryan at the Jets’ headquarters in Florham Park, N.J. He arrived 90 minutes early and drove around Morris County. He was impressed by the area, the Jets’ building and then Ryan and owner Woody Johnson.

    One more thing kept pulling him toward the Jets — New York.

    “It’s only the epicenter of the world,” he said. “I never consciously thought about it but subconsciously I think I always wanted to coach in New York. Give it a whirl in New York, and here was the opportunity.”His wife was hesitant at first and then gave her blessing a few days later, telling Mornhinweg “just go for it. Go hit a homer.”

    The Jets offense has questions at nearly every position. To answer those questions, Mornhinweg will need to draw from a lifetime of football lessons.

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    STFU Marty and help bring this north, or even half , or a third, or one.



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    this guy could become the most important addition of the offseason.

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    What is this supposed to mean?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Apache 51 View Post
    STFU Marty and help bring this north, or even half , or a third, or one.



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    Step ONE

    Get rid of Turnovers#6 on or about June 1.

    Step TWO

    Now you have a chance for an offense

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman Harris View Post
    Why are you confused?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman Harris View Post
    Oh, playing when it's cold, yah know, deep into the playoffs, shot at a SB, you know winning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman Harris View Post
    Conference Championships; winning 1 of 6?

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    Boy I am pumped about MM. He is our first legit OC since I can remember (Henning?). Geno Smith is fortunate to have an OC with his resume and experience in developing QBs.

    Unfortunately Sanchez got screwed. However, I wouldn't be surprised if MM helps him too. If we truly let the competition play out it should be a fierce battle between Sanchez, Gerrard, and Smith. I can honestly say I won't be surprised with whoever wins. Remember, Gerrard was in line to win the Fins starting job before he got hurt in TC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprjet View Post
    Boy I am pumped about MM. He is our first legit OC since I can remember (Henning?). Geno Smith is fortunate to have an OC with his resume and experience in developing QBs.

    Unfortunately Sanchez got screwed. However, I wouldn't be surprised if MM helps him too. If we truly let the competition play out it should be a fierce battle between Sanchez, Gerrard, and Smith. I can honestly say I won't be surprised with whoever wins. Remember, Gerrard was in line to win the Fins starting job before he got hurt in TC.
    I never thought I would ever be saying I'm glad Marty is here in a million years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache 51 View Post
    I never thought I would ever be saying I'm glad Marty is here in a million years.
    Different Marty

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprjet View Post
    Boy I am pumped about MM. He is our first legit OC since I can remember (Henning?). Geno Smith is fortunate to have an OC with his resume and experience in developing QBs.

    Unfortunately Sanchez got screwed. However, I wouldn't be surprised if MM helps him too. If we truly let the competition play out it should be a fierce battle between Sanchez, Gerrard, and Smith. I can honestly say I won't be surprised with whoever wins. Remember, Gerrard was in line to win the Fins starting job before he got hurt in TC.
    lost in the sanchez sux threads is that he never had a real oc who had a viable philosophy or tailored an offense to his strengths. not saying it would have created a good qb, but still, any 1st round pick deserves that shot. regardless, it's nice to see geno entering a situation where he can learn an offense that will cater to his strengths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GandWFan View Post
    Different Marty
    He can call a conservative game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by augustiniak View Post
    lost in the sanchez sux threads is that he never had a real oc who had a viable philosophy or tailored an offense to his strengths. not saying it would have created a good qb, but still, any 1st round pick deserves that shot. regardless, it's nice to see geno entering a situation where he can learn an offense that will cater to his strengths.
    Seriously, completely agree with this. I mean look at our OC's we've had...Schitty and Sparano...I remember when the Jets hired Sparano and the first thing I thought was wtf? But I was optimistic. Then Namath came out and basically said WTF?! And the rest is history.

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    I am not, I repeat NOT a conspiracy theorist or a big speculator. But when a guy with the QB stable, playoff pedigree, and offensive achievement of Morhinweg decided to take the Jets OC job, it didn't make sense to me. Not at first.

    Then all of the sudden it did. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Idzik made it clear that if Rex Ryan stumbles, the HC job is Morhinweg's.

    It makes perfect sense. And this article even adds a bit to it (the bright lights, big city dream of coaching in New York isn't really about being an OC, is it?)

    Tell me I'm crazy. There is zero doubt in my mind the front office dangled the HC job in his face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tackleem View Post
    I am not, I repeat NOT a conspiracy theorist or a big speculator. But when a guy with the QB stable, playoff pedigree, and offensive achievement of Morhinweg decided to take the Jets OC job, it didn't make sense to me. Not at first.

    Then all of the sudden it did. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Idzik made it clear that if Rex Ryan stumbles, the HC job is Morhinweg's.

    It makes perfect sense. And this article even adds a bit to it (the bright lights, big city dream of coaching in New York isn't really about being an OC, is it?)

    Tell me I'm crazy. There is zero doubt in my mind the front office dangled the HC job in his face.
    Thought that too at first when I read his comments about coaching in NY, but on second thought, actually doesn't make much sense.

    If Marty does his job well enough to earn a head coaching spot, this team will make the playoffs and Rex isn't going anywhere. With Rex we know we'll have a top 10 (possibly top 5) D. If Marty can get this O inside the top 13 or so (which is probably needed to justify a HC job), we're in great shape. Rex stays as coach and Marty is the OC.

    Since he is responsible for O, any plan of being promoted would probably mean Rex would have to crap the bed on D.

    Don't see that happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freestater View Post
    this guy could become the most important addition of the offseason.
    I've thought so too for some time. The Jets were a better team as soon as they sacked Sparano and signed Morny, even without the additions of personnel on O.

    And Kelly enough with the Marty Ball!!!

    Come on man!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitman Harris View Post
    I'm guessing he wants Marty to buy us Eagles playoff tickets?

    Quote Originally Posted by sg3 View Post
    Step ONE

    Get rid of Turnovers#6 on or about June 1.

    Step TWO

    Now you have a chance for an offense
    Turnovers#6? You mean Intchez? (Off the) Mark Sanchez? Football Santa for Defenses? Or, and this one is my favorite, The Shame?

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    adding two real running backs also does not hurt.





    Quote Originally Posted by sg3 View Post
    Step ONE

    Get rid of Turnovers#6 on or about June 1.

    Step TWO

    Now you have a chance for an offense

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    last years offense was arguably the worst in team history....I went through each game last night...this bad team won 6 games...if they did not have the turnover they would have won more. This is why I am surprised at how some people assume that this 2013 squad will win only 2 games.....that's absurd. This team got better on both sides of the ball.




    Quote Originally Posted by sg3 View Post
    Step ONE

    Get rid of Turnovers#6 on or about June 1.

    Step TWO

    Now you have a chance for an offense
    Last edited by jetsfreak; 05-11-2013 at 05:07 AM.

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