New York Jets Hire Marty Mornhinweg As Offensive Coordinator


In the wake of the New York Jets announcing the hiring of John Idzik as the organization’s next General Manager, the coaching dominoes have already begun to fall into place. Shortly after agreeing to terms with Idzik, the Jets have hired Marty Mornhinweg as Offensive Coordinator. Both of these hirings finally give the Jets a bit more stability moving forward, after a three week stint with both positions unoccupied.

Mornhinweg joins the Jets after 10 years spent in Philadelphia with the Eagles. Mornhinweg was hired by Andy Reid in 2003 as a senior assistant, became assistant head coach in 2004, and finally took over play calling duties in 2006 as the team’s Offensive Coordinator, a position he held through last season, prior to Reid being fired. During his seven seasons as Eagles’ Offensive Coordinator, Mornhinweg yielded five top 10 offenses and three top 5 offenses, while never finishing outside of 15th in overall offense. Before his tenure in Philadelphia, Mornhinweg worked in Green Bay as the Quarterbacks coach during the Packers’ 1996 Super Bowl XXXI championship season, followed by 4 seasons in San Francisco, serving as both Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach under Head Coach Steve Mariucci, and finally a brief stint as Head Coach of the Detroit Lions from 2001-2002.

MM2A long descendant of the Bill Walsh tree, Mornhinweg brings in vast experience in the west coast offense, indicating the Jets will be making a major shift from Tony Sparano’s failed Ground and Pound approach. A shift like this will be beneficial to the Jets, who have been far behind the ball in terms of offensive schematics over the past couple of years. A shift to a west coast style system will be a complete 180 degree spin for Gang Green. Previously under Ryan, the Jets have expressed their desire to be a run first team. Conversely, a west coast offense will use the pass to open up the run. How successful New York will be in their first season in this type of offense is unclear, but this kind of change was an absolute necessity considering the league’s recent offensive trends.

Mornhinweg also brings in an excellent history of quarterback experience. Having played the position in college at the University of Montana, Mornhinweg has been a key instrument in the development of players like Brett Favre (1995, 1996), Steve Young (1997-1999), Jeff Garcia (San Francisco 1999-2000, Philadelphia 2006, 2009), Donovan McNabb (1999-2009), and Michael Vick (2009-2012) among others. It will be interesting to see whether or not the Jets give Mornhinweg a chance to attempt to resurrect the career of Mark Sanchez, the former 5th overall pick who has regressed mightily in his previous two seasons as a pro. Sanchez played in a west coast offense under Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian¬†during his days at USC with high success – 3,207 yards, 34 TD, 10 INT, 65.8 completion percentage during his final season. It is fair to assume that John Idzik will sit down with Mornhinweg to pick his brain about Sanchez before any decisions are made on the embattled quarterback’s future in New York.

Speculation will also begin to circulate about the Jets acquiring Michael Vick and Matt Flynn, both of whom have ties to Mornhinweg and Idzik, respectively, and are expected to become available, either via free agency or trade, when the new league year begins in March. However, internal decisions will likely need to be made at the quarterback position before any additional players are acquired.

This is a very solid hire for the Jets. Mornhinweg brings experience, innovation, and most importantly, something brand new. How well his schematics and system will translate to the current personnel are still unknown, but New York’s offensive ideology is finally beginning to head in the right direction.

Author: Chris Gross

Chris Gross is a Staff Writer and Head NFL Draft Editor who is a graduate of Union College where he obtained a degree in history and captained the football team as a defensive end. Doug Brien is the only grown man to make him cry. Chris will assist me in leading our Jets and NFL coverage along with leading our 2013 NFL Draft coverage. He will also run the site when Editor-In-Chief Joe Caporoso is unavailable.

  • JetOrange

    It will be interesting to see how the Jet Offense retools. Greene is probably gone, Marty may find a role for McKnight. Works for Holmes, Kerley and Powell. Will the Jets be a more of a Zone Blocking Team ?


    The fact that the Jets are going to throw the ball alot next year means that he is ALMOST CERTAIN that Sanchez is not brought back!

  • Anthony

    Def more zone blocking, def more short routes and more open formations on offense. Hopefully this is the end of the FB position for the jets and the beginning of some kind of offensive cohesion. I think the most important advantage to using the west coast system is its ability to maximize the talents of whatever players are available. Hopefully this means we can manage to not waste precious early picks trying to “find” the right QB or RB and instead revamp the real needs in O-line, pass rush, depth at linebacker and safety.

  • BIGgreenBALLz

    What da hell u talking bout “if he was black”????
    U sound like an assss! Sanchy gets little support ’cause he did
    What Penny, Testaverdi(1x), lucas, Boomer, Fealy, Bollinger, O’neil or O’donell(whatever his name is) nd countless others! Getting to two afc chmps games and almost getting to da promise land!!!
    Almost means nothing and he didnt do himself offcourse BUT DONT B AN INGRATE!!!!!! !!!!!!

  • BIGgreenBALLz

    Countless others couldn’t do(missed putting it in there)

  • JetOrange

    Sanchez is uncuttable in 2013 due to CAP ramifications. I think this article makes a great point, that the Sanchez that Rex and the Jets fell in love with , was from Norm Chows West Coast Offense at USC. Sanchez was making normal progress as a QB, but injuries took his weapons,and Sparano’s offense was a complete failure. Sanchez may not be a Franchise QB, but he can be an effective QB

  • BIGgreenBALLz

    True that

  • We have updated the article due to original error. Chow was actually gone by the time Sanchez was the starter, but Sarkisian, Sanchez’s OC and QB coach during his senior year at USC, did run the same style of West Coast Offense, so the point is relevant. Thanks for all the discussion guys!

  • Greg

    Flynn may end up on the Jets’ radar. He’s a system QB, which means he fits in Mohrninweg’ s West Coast approach. He’s an overpaid backup due to Russell Wilson’ s emergence, so Seattle will be amenable to trading him. The Jets could try to deal Sanchez to Seattle in a swap of bad contracts but that won’t be enough. Pete Caroll coached Mark at USC, but Mark is no better than a backup right now and the Seahawks may perceive a trade like this as a downgrade at backup QB. The Jets will have to offer a solid draft pick to make this deal, and probably eat most of Mark’s contract.

  • I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome the New York Jets to the modern day NFL. A shift like this is way overdue. To win in today’s NFL you have to be able to score points. One thing you can count on from the Jets under Rex Ryan is that the defense will be good. Couple that will the ability to score on offense and this team will be well positioned for success.

  • joeydefiant

    Did Jamarcus Russel lead his team to two AFC Championship games? No matter your opinion of Sanchez you can’t take that away from him. I guess Mangini was responsible for those 4th qtr comebacks as well.