What Does Marty Mornhinweg Mean to the Quarterback Situation?

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Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) passes the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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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.