What Does Marty Mornhinweg's Hiring Mean for New York Jets?

Erik Frenz@ErikFrenzSenior Writer IJanuary 19, 2013

Nov 27, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg along the sidelines during the second quarter against the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 38-20. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

For weeks, we've wondered whether the New York Jets had any clue what they were doing during their search for a general manager and an offensive coordinator.

In a New York minute, everything has changed.

One minute, reports surfaced (and then the Jets announced) that the Jets had named John Idzik as their next general manager.

Seemingly minutes later, new reports surfaced that the Jets had found their offensive coordinator.

Via Adam Caplan of The Sideline View:

Source said former #Eagles OC Marty Mornhinweg is expected to be named #Jets OC. Interesting fit.WCO.

— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) January 18, 2013

What does this hiring mean for the Jets going forward?

Logic Restored

The Jets went about things the logical way by finding their general manager first, allowing him to name the next offensive coordinator.

The Jets were said to have been interested in former Chargers head coach Norv Turner as their next offensive coordinator (via ESPN). They were also said to have reached out to former Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron (via Newsday) and former Browns head coach Pat Shurmur (via CBS Sports). 

They interviewed Mornhinweg for the opening last Friday (via the New York Post).

In making the announcement after choosing their new GM, it looks like the Jets went about things the right way despite early indications to the contrary.

West Coast Offense

Bye-bye forever, ground-and-pound.

The Eagles ran a West Coast offense under Mornhinweg. Although former Eagles head coach Andy Reid had a big impact on their offense, Mornhinweg had input and is expected to run a similar style of offense with the Jets.

This is a West Coast style play the Eagles ran on 1st-and-10 in the first quarter, trailing 3-0 to the Browns. This particular play illustrates the prevalence of short and intermediate passes in this style of offense.

Schematically, the Jets will be much different than they've been in recent years. What does Mornhinweg's history with the Eagles tell us from a statistical perspective, though?

Last season they ranked 29th in scoring and 30th in turnovers. That being said, Mornhinweg's successes have outweighed his failures. He led an offense that finished in the top 10 in five of six seasons from 2006-11.

Mark Sanchez? Tim Tebow? Greg McElroy? Other?

Speculation as to who will be the starting quarterback is premature, but who is the best fit for the West Coast offense?

In terms of pure passing skill set, that would have to be Sanchez, but not if he plays the way he's played recently. The West Coast offense calls for a specific skill set of accuracy on short and intermediate throws, efficiency with the football and the ability to protect the football. None of those three traits accurately describes Sanchez over the past two seasons.

That being said, perhaps a West Coast offense would be just what Sanchez needs.

He has experience running a version of the West Coast offense at USC, according to his NFL.com draft profile from 2009.

With extensive experience in the West Coast offense, Sanchez is in line to be the Jets' starting quarterback on opening day.

He's never had an opportunity to really carry the offense, while the Jets have insisted on being an "all-weather offense." With the high-percentage short and intermediate passes that are so prevalent in a West Coast offense, though, perhaps Sanchez can finally get back to being safe with the football.

Then again, perhaps the Jets could go after one Michael Vick, who is intimately familiar with Mornhinweg's offense. That would be ironic, given that Vick is one of the few quarterbacks who has turned the ball over nearly as many times as Sanchez over the past few years.

One thing's for sure: Whoever the quarterback is, it will certainly draw headlines.

Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless otherwise specified, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.


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