The 2013 New York Jets Offense: A Tale of Two Philosophies

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May 10, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith (7) talks with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg (right) during New York Jets rookie minicamp at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

What will the Jets offense look like in 2013? No one quite knows yet, but it will be an amalgam of the philosophies of new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and head coach Rex Ryan. Who the starting quarterback will be is still up in the air but if Geno Smith wins the job both coaches have been down the road of having to start rookies. The meshing of these two coaches’ philosophies will decide what direction the Jets go this year and how rookie QB Geno Smith develops.

In 2009, the Jets started Mark Sanchez immediately after being drafted in the 1st round. Rex Ryan decided it was in the best interests of that year’s team to run the ball behind the league’s best offensive line and take advantage of having Thomas Jones, Shonn Greene and Leon Washington in the backfield. The Jets ran the ball 607 times compared to only 393 passes, a 60/40 split. Sanchez’s role was minimized and it was made clear that his job was not to lose games for a team that revolved around defense and running the football. His 6.7 yards per attempt showed that he was throwing short passes and trying not to make the big mistake. Sanchez had his ups and downs with 12 touchdowns compared to 20 interceptions but the team finished 9-7, made the playoffs, won two road playoff games and were one win away from the Superbowl.

With the Eagles last year Marty Mornhinweg had the unenviable task of reworking his offense on the fly when an injury to starting quarterback Michael Vick in Week 10 forced rookie Nick Foles into the starting lineup. While Vick is the gunslinger who scrambles out of trouble and throws the deep ball proficiently, Foles is a pocket quarterback who likes to throw in rhythm and is limited athletically. Mornhinweg took advantage of Foles skill set and hid his inexperience by having him throw 157 of his 238 throws either at the line of scrimmage or short routes. This quick, short passing game (a staple of the West Coast Offense) helped Foles complete 77.7% of those short throws and allowed him to complete 61% overall for 1699 yards in just 7 games (6 starts). The Eagles passed 613 times overall and ran 413 times for a 60/40 ratio favoring the pass. Foles also had 6 touchdowns to 5 interceptions during that period as well. The Eagles defense and offensive line play were their ultimate downfall as they finished the season 1-5.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    nice job, craig. i think the hiring of marty will prove to be a blessing for this team as it will finally give us competency and stability on the offensive side. i think rex will basically keep his nose out of the offense and allow marty to run the show, while running a solid defense which may have some growing pains in the secondary, allowing it to be stronger next year. we’ll also have to wait and see what we get at inside linebacker. is harris shot or was his 2012 a product of lack of talent around him. we’ll see. we’ve got a tough schedule, but they’re all tough. solid play makes them easier. i’ll gladly take the growing pains in the secondary over watching eric smith bumble his was around. the running game should be much improved, taking pressure off the qb. the trenches should be strong. we should see a lot of our draft picks play significant minutes which will only make them better, sooner. marty’s offense will be key. if he can produce a top-ten offense, as is his norm, while limiting the buttfumbles, the sky would be the limit for this team. hopefully he can find some use for the sorry collection of receivers and tight ends he’s been given.

  • Craig Hoffman

    You are right Matr this feels a lot like 2009 to me. Rex concentrating on installing his defense and the offense left to the offensive coordinator. This time we are in better hands with Marty Mornhinweg who is a teacher especially of quarterbacks. I would expect Mornhinweg to be flexible and run the ball as well as those quick, high percentage passes. I don’t think the team is done adding either. I would expect a veteran WR and TE before the season begins.

    The young players are going to have to learn on the fly but as you said this is the year for growing pains because with 11 draft picks and $40 million to spend the expectations won’t be here until next year.

    I think Harris will bounce back because there will be better interior line play this year which will allow Harris to flow to the ball and do what he does best.

    Thanks again for reading.