There are a lot of questions that weren’t answered last Friday night. We still don’t know where we are with the quarterback competition. We haven’t seen our running backs on the field together as of yet. There is competition going on at many positions around the football field.
However, there is one thing we did learn, beyond a shadow of a doubt, on Friday night. We learned that the Jets’ offense is FINALLY in good hands, under the direction of Marty Mornhinweg.
Yes, we learned this after one game.
The playcalling that we saw on Friday night showed us how he works. He had the unique ability to put BOTH quarterbacks in the best position to succeed.
First, with Mark Sanchez. Being the more experienced quarterback, he opened things up a bit more for Mark than he did Geno. Thirteen passes versus seven shows us that. With that, the passing plays that were called were for the most part, in Mark’s wheelhouse. Did we see a lot of out routes? No. We saw a lot between the numbers, that even the biggest Mark hater can admit is his best area.
When you are a coach, it is your job to put your players in the best position to succeed. That is what Marty does.
He did the same for Geno Smith. Marty didn’t go crazy with the passes, it was Geno’s first professional football game. He kept the passing plays shorter, in order to lift his confidence. He wanted Geno to get his feet under him in his first NFL game, so he kept the plays under control. Before hurting his ankle, Smith only missed on one pass, so the system was working for Geno. He didn’t allow Geno to press, which would be common in a first game. Instead, he allowed the game to come to Geno Smith. Kudos to Marty Mornhinweg for that.
We finally have a coach leading our offense that is great at what he does. He understands how to take the talent that he has, and put it in the best position to succeed.
What more can we ask for?