The New York Jets have officially fired John Morton as it was the right decision for an offensive coordinator trying to run an offensive into something it was not.
In an article written by Rich Cimini of ESPN, he confirmed that the New York Jets have officially fired offensive coordinator John Morton. Now, to be fair, he did do a decent job at turning the Jets offense into one that for the most part, exceeded expectations. If you would have told me at the start of the regular season that Josh McCown would have totaled the kind of season he did, I wouldn’t have believed you in any stretch of the imagination.
Thanks to Morton, however, he was able to get a lot out of McCown and also further develop offensive players like Robby Anderson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and do his best to keep those chains moving by focusing more on the passing game. Unfortunately, common sense wasn’t much on Morton’s side when it came to capitalizing on key situations to score touchdowns.
Besides some unusual playcalling against opposing defenses at times, especially in 1st and goal situations, it boggled the mind as to why numerous times, Morton was a bit too pass-happy instead of just pounding the rock. Even running back Matt Forte, in that crazy pouring downpour of a football game last season where 99 percent of offensive coordinators would have run the football, was shocked that the Jets did the opposite.
It was a game in late October against the Atlanta Falcons where the Jets ended up losing after having a halftime lead and blew it when it mattered most. Morton decided, during a torrential rainstorm, to pass more than run and it eventually led to a loss. Even Forte commented that had Morton stuck to their weekly game plan of establishing the run, perhaps the outcome would have resulted in a victory.
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Regardless, that was one of the many issues Morton had, besides the recent reports by Cimini that he also had conflicting issues with head coach Todd Bowles and the coaching staff. Issues on playcalling especially arose since obviously, Bowles knows in certain situations it’s best to run the football rather than pass it and vice versa.
Usually, a coordinator tends to listen to what their head coach says but Morton stuck to his ways and well, the Jets made the right decision to relieve him of his duties. Bowles needs an offensive coordinator that can have a playbook catered to the strengths of his players and the weaknesses of an opponent.
Hopefully, Bowles and company will bring someone new into this role capable of understanding such a simple concept.