It’s official, John Idzik is our General Manager, and Marty Mornhinweg will be working along side coach Ryan as the offensive coordinator. Idzik’s press conference is set for Thursday morning, and I have not heard yet when Marty will be meeting with the media. I wanted to let some of the frenzy and excitement from yesterday die down, and take some time this morning to give my thoughts on both signings. First I am going to talk a bit about Mornhinweg.
This has the potential to be a great hire. That is not to say I am not happy, I am thrilled, I just say “potential” because we have to see the product on the field obviously. As far as his track record, it’s excellent. For one, he had a great run with the Eagles under Andy Reid. His offenses in Philly broke team records on more than one occasion, and he had multiple years in the top ten on offense. He led the top five yardage seasons and four of their top five scoring seasons.
He also was a major part of the comeback of one Michael Vick. That being said, I can’t think of one Jets fan that would be in favor of him coming in here. The point is he has great success in developing quarterbacks, a major deficiency with the Jets as we all know. In 2008, he directed the offense in which Donovan McNabb set franchise records in both yards and completions. Outside of the Eagles, he worked with other names that we all know at the quarterback position, such as Steve Young and Brett Favre. Those guys had pretty good NFL careers, wouldn’t you say?
The other exciting part of this piece would be the end of “Ground and Pound”. As a descendant of the Bill Walsh coaching tree, he is a West-Coast offense guy. For a team where the quarterbacks don’t have the strongest arms in the league, the concept could be a huge plus. It’s a variation on Walsh’s old system, but whatever that is, he knows that an NFL team has to score points, and he will get this offense going in that direction, and could be the perfect addition to Rex Ryan’s staff, where as we all know, he doesn’t know a great deal about offense.
On the next page I will go into my thoughts on Idzik.