First of all, none of the quarterbacks on this roster have shotgun arms. They don’t have the biggest guns you have ever seen. Tim Tebow probably throws the best deep ball of any quarterback on the roster, but we all know that the odds are not great that he will be on the roster. We can’t assume free agents/trades, so we are going to talk strictly about the guys on the team. Mark Sanchez and Greg McElroy are not know for having rocket arms. But the unique thing about the West Coast system is you don’t NEED a rocket arm to run it. The system is adaptable to all types of quarterbacks, as it has gone through Joe Montana, Steve Young, Brett Favre, Michael Vick, and many others. The system is one that you can really adapt to your talent.
But, there are two requirements of the West Coast system that could pose a problem to the current Jets quarterbacks. The first is that it requires accuracy. For the system to work at its peak, you aren’t throwing to a player, as much as you are throwing to a spot. The system is based on timing, where you are making throws based on where a guy is GOING to be, not where he IS. With that, you have to be dead on with your accuracy. Anyone that has watched the Jets knows that Mark Sanchez has a bit of trouble with that topic. By the end of 2012, he was about as inaccurate a quarterback as we have ever seen. Frankly, we haven’t seen enough of Greg McElroy to know how accurate he really is on a consistent basis, and if by some stretch of the imagination Tim Tebow is still here, he is not too accurate either. That’s a problem, obviously.
Secondly, it requires excellent ability to read the defenses and coverages. You, as the quarterback, have to know who the open guy is going to be. You have to recognize the open spots in the zone, and the one on one matchups in man to man. We have seen, time and time again, Mark Sanchez’s difficulties in reading coverages. We can see it on film, the mistakes he makes. Again, we haven’t seen enough of Greg, and if Tim is here, it’s a problem for him as well.
So, Mornhinweg is here. Each quarterback has a shot to lead this team, but this system could be a problem for any of them as well. Will they sign a quarterback? We will see soon enough.