What Does Marty Mornhinweg Mean to the Quarterback Situation?

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Dec 19, 2012; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Mark Sanchez (6), and Greg McElroy (14) and Tim Tebow (15) run past head coach Rex Ryan during practice at the Jets training facility. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest issues for the Jets heading into the 2013 season, now that a general manager and offensive coordinator are in place, is the quarterback situation. More to the point, who is going to be the quarterback come 2013? A big part of that decision is the system that the Jets are going to run. That is where Marty Mornhinweg comes in. Let’s talk a little bit more about what he does, and how that applies to the current cast of characters the Jets have at quarterback.

Marty Mornhinweg is a descendant of the Bill Walsh coaching tree, which means he runs a derivation of the “West Coast” offense. Let’s give a basic description of how it works. Basically, instead of using the run to open up the pass, it uses the short and intermediate passes to open up the run game. Most of the routes in this system are run within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage. They are timing based, horizontal routes, as opposed to “going vertical”, or down the field. Each play typically has 4-5 options available in it, the theory being that more options will be out in the passing lanes, cris-crossing, than the defense will be able to cover. It opens up running lanes and the deeper passes because with running and passing plays available at any down or distance, the defense has more to deal with than just looking for standard run plays on running downs, and passing plays on passing down. When run well, it is more of an unpredictable offense.

They also typically script 15-25 plays at the beginning of each game. Walsh would script 25, while most of his disciples reduced that to scripting 15 plays per game. The scripting gives the offense confidence going into each ball game, knowing what they are going to run early. They can practice it, and feel good about it.

How does it affect these quarterbacks? It gives them all the opportunities in the world, but yet is tough on them as well. I will explain what I mean on the next page.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/john.szeligowski John Szeligowski Jr.

    Somebody….anybody… name me a team that had a QB with a mediocre arm, an arm that wasn’t strong enough or accurate enough to lead their offense down the field within the last two minutes of a ball game to win, who won a Super Bowl. It can’t be done; you would be relying on luck and/or superior planning to do it. To do so you need your QB, at the most inconvenient times, to be physically able enough to assert his will on defenses and I can’t tell you the last time we’ve had a starter (at least one that we didn’t trade away) that could do that. Take off the kid gloves; get rid of Tebow and McElroy. Tim’s lucky if he doesn’t nail the hotdog guy and Greg has to change his shorts if he’s even asked to throw a ball longer than 35 yards. It’s disgusting to have these guys on a professional team. Sanchez? He will always have the physical ability to be full of promise but sometimes those types are better saying they coulda been contenders after they lose a toe in a bizarre lawn darts accident. The best thing to do with him if you can’t trade him is let him compete to be the backup and if your starter goes down you have a backup QB that will be hungry and knowledgeable enough to actually win for you. Then you trade him for a 4th rounder. Get a QB with an arm and some smarts. In what’s known as a “passing league” I couldn’t care less if we bored ESPN to death with dinkin’, dunkin’ and runnin’ the football while eating up clock as long as in the end we go to the show. But we still need a QB that can get us down field in a hurry when we need it… It’s just common sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.szeligowski John Szeligowski Jr.

    And while I’m on my tear, I’ll bet a nice big steakburger that if we spent as much energy/training on Kellen Clemens as we did on Sanchez that we’d have at least the same, if not a better, result with a lot more money in hand. In fact, I’ll double down and say that right now our other boy wonder, Schottenheimer, would jump at the chance to have Sanchez and would gladly trade Clemens and pick up the difference in salary. Thank goodness we got to keep him for 2 years longer than we should have…

    • TheJetPress

      Feel better John? That was quite a riff you went off on there but I can understand. Ultimately the long term answer at quarterback is not on this roster in my opinion. I can’t disagree.