The other element that you can expect is scripted plays. How do we know that? Look at Marty Mornhinweg’s work history.
Marty is a descendant of the Bill Walsh coaching tree, the architect of the West Coast offense. Mike Holmgren worked for Bill Walsh, and Mornhinweg worked for Holmgren. Holmgren used a version of Walsh’s program, so Mornhinweg got to see it first hand.
What he saw was the game opening with scripted plays. Bill Walsh used to script the first 25 plays of the game, but most of his disciples scripted 15. We should expect Marty Mornhinweg to script 15 plays per game for the offense. The concept is to give the offense the confidence to know, “Hey, we go into this game, we know what we are going to do right off the top.”
That could help, or it could hurt. Mark Sanchez needs confidence. We have all seen him on the football field, looking like a headless chicken. Many times, he looks as if he doesn’t know what the heck he is doing out there. Scripting his plays might be the best way to help him. If he knows the plays going into the game, he might feel better about the throws that he is making.
But on the other hand, it does have the potential to backfire, again because of Mark Sanchez’s mind. You know how sometimes, OK a lot, he runs a play, and throws it to a guy because he has chosen that receiver as his target, no matter what happens? It’s like he says to himself that this play goes to this guy, and that is what I am going to make happen.
Well, if Mark Sanchez knows what plays are coming, he also might get locked into what receivers are the primary on what plays. He might go in with not only the play script, but the script that says who he is going to throw to. He might lock in on specific receivers on each play, and that, as we have seen before, will be a disaster.
Just a little insight on what we can expect this fall from Marty Mornhinweg. One thing is for sure, it will be much different that we are used to.