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
Here we are, just a shade under two weeks until the opening of training camp. As we have talked about, it’s a time of great promise. Heck, we are all 0-0, why not be excited? Anything can happen at this point, you truly never know.
That being said, it’s countdown time. We have gone over the fact that despite what the “experts” have to say, anything can happen any year, that is what is so great about football. So we are going to start with 5 reasons to be concerned about the season, and then, to end on a positive note, we will take a countdown of five reasons to be excited about the season, leading right into the opening of camp.
We are nothing if not positive here at the Jet Press. But we are realistic as well, so we start over the next few days with five reasons to be concerned about the 2013 season. Here is #5, in no particular order:
You may wonder why I have Marty on this list. You will wonder even more when I tell you that in about a week, he will also appear on the list of five reasons to be excited. So, it begs the question: “Why is Marty Mornhinweg on this list?” It may be the best offense that has been in place for Mark Sanchez. So, why Alan? I’ll tell you…………
IT’S THE THIRD OFFENSE THE TEAM HAS USED IN THREE YEARS
In 2011, the offense was led by Brian Schottenheimer, and his creative, but sometimes very strangely planned out offense. Wasn’t it 60 passes against the Giants that year? Follow that with last year, and the arrival of Tony Sparano. Tony, the man who was supposed to bring back the “Wildcat”, but instead brought “non-creativity” back. Three yards per carry and a cloud of dust =Tony Sparano. Don’t worry I’m done talking about him now.
Now, we have the arrival of Marty Mornhinweg, and his version of the West Coast offense. Yes, it is a more controlled offense. Yes, it has a great chance of saving Mark Sanchez’s career, by dictating his decisions, and not leaving him time to think too much.
That is all true. However, the fact of the matter is, it’s the third offense in three years. We all think this is their job, so they should just pick up the new information and the new plays quickly. Fact is, they aren’t rocket scientists, these NFL players. There aren’t too many like Chad Pennington, who was a Rhode Scholar finalist.
With that, it takes time to adapt to the new playbook. You have a quarterback that has quite a few issues with decision-making. He is competing with a rookie quarterback, that has no experience in this type of offense. They are working hard to get it down, but they have also worked hard to get Brian’s offense down, and Tony’s. How did that work out?
Changing the system again is definitely a reason to be nervous.