Five Reasons to be Excited About the 2013 New York Jets: #5


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

It’s almost here, Jets fans. Training camp is just around the corner as the team will be arriving at SUNY Cortland on the 25th. Football is just about back! How great is this? We are all 0-0, as I have said many times before. Anything can happen. Rebuilding? Blah, blah, blah! It’s a great time of year, where we can dream.

Over the past several days, I have been keeping it real but reviewing some reasons to be concerned about the upcoming season. We have our questions, as optimistic as I am, we sure do. I am not trying to be naïve and say no. But now, we are going to get excited. Specifically, we are going to now go through five reasons to be EXCITED about the 2013 New York Jets, again in no particular order.

So to get the ball rolling, here is your #5 reason:


What is Alan doing? Are you guys thinking that? You probably should, as if you read the last countdown, you know that I included Marty as a reason to be concerned about the 2013 team. So, how the heck can I say we should be excited about him too? I’m glad you asked, I will tell you.

Yes, this is the third offensive system in three seasons. There is the possibility of things going South as they did last year. But, if they can master the West Coast system, it is the best fit for the skill set of the incumbent quarterback, Mark Sanchez.

Mark Sanchez has been a turnover machine, even I will not be blind to that. But, let’s think about his game for a minute. When does he get into trouble? Is it when he is throwing a quick slant, after taking a three step drop? No. It’s when he is going back seven steps, pounding that football a couple of times and looking downfield. He over thinks, and he gives the football away.

We have talked about the principles of the West Coast offense before, it’s about quick drops and getting rid of the ball quickly. You, as the quarterback, go through your progression of wide receivers, and get the ball out quickly. Don’t get me wrong, Mark has to understand how these progressions work, otherwise he will be a turnover machine again. But, the system DOES NOT give Mark time to pound the football and over think.

If Mark pounds the football, the defense should start putting their helmets on.

I believe the system will eventually work well for Geno Smith as well. There will be nerves, heading into a pro game as a rookie, I don’t care what anybody says. This system is a system where the decisions are essentially made for you. What could be better for a rookie than that?

So there you have my first reason to be excited.