May 22, 2013; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) throws a pass while being watched by offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg during the New York Jets organized team activities at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets and Their New Offensive Style?

The New York Jets are at a crossroads, more than they have been in quite a long time. Think about it. They went from 2 trips to the AFC title game, to two years of collapse, and circus. In a league where you look for consistency, you certainly don’t find it with those numbers. That type of inconsistency really leaves the team at a major crossroads. Where do they go this year?

You have a crossroads on the coaching staff and in the front office. On the one hand is Rex Ryan, and his returning set of coaches. They have seen it go well, and believe they can bring the team back in 2013. On the other hand, we have new GM John Idzik, and the beginning of a new era. General managers typically like to bring their own coaches in, so we are all waiting or this to play out.

Now, we go to the offense. We leave the defense alone, Rex is there, the defense will be some hybrid of what we have always seen. But not the offense. Out goes Tony Sparano, and in comes Marty Mornhinweg. If history repeats itself, gone are the days of “run on first, run on second, pass on third.”, and in its place is the West Coast offense, and its horizontal passing style.

However, remember with a new offensive style is going come the need for new players. Well, that’s not always true, sometimes you have players that are unique and are able to play in all of the styles. But, have you seen the Jets roster? The offensive skills on the Jets roster are lacking.

So, we know that the Jets’ offense has some inefficiencies, some of the skilled position players could be more consistent. The system they have been running wasn’t working, so in comes Mornhinweg to begin implementing the new system.

With an existing coach and a new GM, thee will always be the wonder about who is in charge, and here isn’t any different. They are changing offensive styles, how are they changing players to compensate? If you look at it, it very well could be giving you an insight into who is in charge, and you may not like it. Let’s look at the key additions so far:


I am not including rookies in this discussion because they are not guaranteed to be great. When changing philosophies, in my opinion, you need to bring in veterans that are guaranteed to influence the change, so that is why you see these four. Yes, I know the UDFAs have a great many WRs in the group.

So, let’s look at the big four free agent additions on the offensive side of the football. Ivory, Goodson, Colon, and Peterman. Where these positions of need? Absolutely. The offensive line needs two starters, and they may be right here. We know how bad the running game was last year, and the Jets brought in two potential RB ones.

What’s my point? Where are the additions that are going to promote “Marty Ball”? I don’t see the WR/TE help. As we have talked about time and time again, WRs that can get open and run for yards after the catch will make that offense work. What have the Jets done there? Other than a few rookies, nothing.

Yes, this offense has improved. But can’t you look at this roster and say it is an improved “Ground and Pound” team?

I guess time will tell.

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  • Jetsluva

    It’s really hard to tell just how effective the offense is gonna be without the full running game package. We won’t know for sure until we get these guys in pads and they can really open things up. It’s still so early that many of the UDFA WR’s we’ve added are still in diapers learning this offense. PATIENCE is the key. I fully expect a couple of these UDFA’s to work out in the end. The D is WAY ahead of the offense so it looks worse than it probably is gonna be.

    • TheJetPress

      Very true Tracy, and that is always the case. The offense is light years behind the defense in the beginning. I just write the article as an ironic look at the guys signed to date.

  • matr dontelli iii

    i think hayden smith is gonna make a big impact this year. dustin keller will be forgotten by the fourth game, if not sooner. actually i think most real fans were tired of his disappearing act before last season ended. i think for the most part the only people who think keller was a big loss work for espn. imagine that?

    • TheJetPress

      Hehe I actually was not thrilled about Keller being gone either. I liked him more than most, but he will be a distant memory.

      • Joe Willie

        Keller dropped too many balls that were on target–which were kinda few and far between with MS chucking the rock

  • Joe Willie

    A primary aspect concerning the new look on offense is the renewal of the offensive line—younger bigger stronger with a lot more depth –The O-line is like the wheels on a car–they take you where you want to go!–Speaking of the car analogy the QB is like the carburetor supplying the energy to the car–precisely tuned, the carburetor makes the car hum and effective in all parts of the auto–off- even a little the car sputters and runs bad becoming ineffective—Marty Mornhinweg once had a very bad carburetor –his name was Joey Harrrington and that got Marty fired–Mornhingweg wont let that happen again with Harrington’s clone—Mark Sanchez.

    • matr dontelli iii

      marty and rex are gonna take this team where we want them to go. finally. and poor joe is gonna be watching from the espn box instead of from woodhead johnson’s box

      • TheJetPress

        I can’t wait to see it all start to unfold guys. It will be awesome.

    • Joe Willie

      P.s I just watched NFL network’s Kim Jones the renowned Jet hater from her days with YES and WFAN and in my eyes has totally no creditability covering the Jets—she loved to pile on the hate with her fat friend mike F on the fan and with ex Giant players / Gary Myers on YES–plus she has a snide smile that makes her face look like a horse—I hate her.

      • TheJetPress

        Hate Kim Jones, and I always have. Very unprofessional IMO

  • jetmenow

    Good points Alan about “Marty Ball” and agree with your comments shoring up the OLine a bit and bringing in Ivory and Goodson is a good start.

    WCO should reduce risk and we will look for some of that consistency Alan brought up and reduce the Sanchez passing attempts of Marco? Polo!

    Issues with both Holmes and Kerley but somebody(s) from UDFA
    will poke their head above the rest.

    On TE front, great to hear we have good size backup to Reuland
    and Cumby with Smith (? As to Cumby’s durability for whole season). Hearing good things both Smith in addition to Reuland who repeatedly is demonstrating his ability to get separation and get open, showing great hands that fits in nicely to with consistent blocking skills..

    I still laugh when he Magically came out with Fumble Recover against Miami where he ran 30 yards across the field after the fumble and came up with it, great Baller. Smith is of same caliber athlete and the pair will be major contributors as well provide BIG mismatches with D.

    Very few article on Pantale and Shanahan, what is the
    prediction among these two for PS?

    • TheJetPress

      Haven’t heard a lot as far as predictions on those two guys. Personally, I liked the film I saw on Shanahan better, but that was just personal opinion.