Jets hope former Eagles OC will re-ignite a stagnate offense formerly run by ousted Tony Sparano.
FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The Jets finally hired a new General Manager today and immediately afterwards we had our answer for who would take over as the new offensive coordinator, ex-Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.
As Woody Johnson’s search team was focused on finding a new GM (they got him, John Idzik) many wondered why the Jets were interviewing candidates for the offensive coordinator before they hired a GM, with coordinator candidates taking themselves off the market by accepting other jobs the Jets clearly couldn’t afford to wait around until the hired a GM to start the interviewing process.
With the announcements coming so close together it appears the Jets had Mornhinweg at or near the top of their list and Idzik signed off on the hire allowing them to move on from the hiring process and now begin the process of rebuilding and redesigning this team. Idzik will immediately get to work trimming the cap number down (players like Bart Scott, Calvin Pace, Eric Smith and Jason Smith along with others will almost certainly be cut to save cap room) and figuring out what pieces should stay and what areas need to be addressed.
In Johnson’s and Rex Ryan’s end of the season presser Ryan suggested that he wanted a more aggressive-attack style offense. He felt they stayed stuck in the ground-and-pound mind state and he was looking to overhaul the Jets offensive plan of attack, Mornhinweg runs a west coast offensive system and has earned himself a solid reputation as a great offensive minded coach. Mornhinweg got his first NFL coaching job with the Green Bay Packers in 1995 as an offensive assistant/quality control, in 1996 he became the quarterbacks coach before becoming the 49ers offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 1997-2000.
Mornhinweg got the head coaching job with the Detroit Lions, but that didn’t last long as he was only the head coach for the 2001 and 2002 seasons. In 2003 Mornhinweg was hired by the Eagles as a senior assistant and then took over the offensive coordinator/assistant head coach duties in 2004.
According to Mornhinweg’s bio, “Known as one of the top offensive minds in the league, Mornhinweg has put together record-setting performances for two different franchises in the role of offensive coordinator. In 2011, ,the Eagles offense set franchise records in total net yards (6,386) and first downs (356). His offense paved the way for RB LeSean McCoy, who rushed for 1,309 yards and set a team record with 20 touchdowns. and OB Michael Vick, who topped the 3,000-yard passing plateau and 500-yard rushing mark for the second straight season.”
There’s no doubting Mornhinweg’s track record, but obviously with the problems the Jets have on offense no one should be expecting record-shattering performances next season. Along with Mornhinweg will come more intense speculation that the Jets could make a play for Mike Vick if Chip Kelly decides not to keep the talented but often erratic and injury prone quarterback.
The speculation on draft picks and free agent signings will continue at a high pace, but the one thing you can be sure of is the offense will have a much different look next year. Whether or not the new look turns out to be good or bad will depend on what players Idzik decides to keep and new players to bring in, now it’s time for the Jets two newest employees to get to work rebuilding this football team.