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Mornhinweg says Geno has been “progressing at a very high rate”

Geno Smith, Marty Mornhinweg AP

Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has channeled his inner Rocky Balboa on the question of whether Sanchez will keep the starting job.  Rookie Geno Smith thinks he has a “great shot” to win the job.

Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg seems to agree with Smith.

“We’ll see,” Mornhinweg told Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News regarding Smith’s chances of becoming the Week One start. “That’s up to him.  That’s up to Geno.  It’s really that simple.  He’s been progressing at a very high rate. . . .

“Geno is an excellent athlete.  He’s really progressed at a high level.  He’s done this fast and it’s because he put in the hard work both on and off the field in preparation.  He’s done an outstanding job that way.  I know he’s got the mentality of if he can help the team in any way, he’ll do it.”

Mornhinweg added that Smith is “way ahead of the pace of a normal rookie,” and that Smith has the skills to get away with some mechanical flaws.

“They’re just so good athletically that they get away with them for a period of time and then they get better and better and better and better,” Mornhinweg said of players like Smith.

 “I think Geno’s close,” Mornhinweg said.  “I don’t think he’s there yet.  But he’s close to being able to get into a game and function at a high level.  So our whole challenge — and his challenge — is that first preseason game [against the Lions on Aug. 9].  Now let’s get to a point where you can function at a high level.”
Mornhinweg declined to speculate on Smith’s possible role as a change-of-pace, read-option-style quarterback if Smith doesn’t win the starting job.  But his 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine suggests Smith has the physical skills to pull it off, even if he didn’t do it much during his college career in Morgantown.
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54 Responses to “Mornhinweg says Geno has been “progressing at a very high rate””
  1. rooneyruleblues says: Jul 24, 2013 1:25 PM

    Yeah. Progressing at a high rate running around in shorts and a t-shirt. What a joke, nobody knows squat yet.

  2. chiadam says: Jul 24, 2013 1:27 PM

    Sanchez is regressing at an equally high rate.

  3. flavordave says: Jul 24, 2013 1:27 PM

    Take it from an Eagles fan , Morny is a company man that will tell you the fridge is full while the kitchen is on fire.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 24, 2013 1:29 PM

    Still time to bench him and curb that development.

  5. crippled4life says: Jul 24, 2013 1:30 PM

    Yea, and as I quadriplegic I can walk.

  6. pjrhc says: Jul 24, 2013 1:30 PM

    Mornhinweg. Has anyone bounced around the league coaching more than him?

  7. myeaglescantwin says: Jul 24, 2013 1:32 PM

    so were Joey Harrington & Mike Vick.

    how does anyone that was associated with the dead era of lions football get another coaching job.

    Maybe the jets wanted to get more predictable with the play calling.
    or maybe they just wanted a 70-30 pass to run ratio.

  8. floratiotime says: Jul 24, 2013 1:32 PM

    Has any coach ever said that a high draft pick was coming along at a slow rate ?

  9. jakescott13 says: Jul 24, 2013 1:32 PM

    Translation: He stinks

  10. patriots123456 says: Jul 24, 2013 1:32 PM

    Geno tied his shoes and buckled his chin strap.

    Stay tuned circus lovers….

  11. kelz1966kelz1966 says: Jul 24, 2013 1:32 PM

    How does this man keep getting jobs in the NFL?
    He could not run the ball with Barry Sanders.
    He is probably one of the rasons Sanders retired early.

  12. overratedsteelerhater says: Jul 24, 2013 1:33 PM

    they got cundiff.thats superbowl right there!!!!

  13. mp4philly says: Jul 24, 2013 1:36 PM

    They? What do you meannnnn they, Morny?

  14. purpleguy says: Jul 24, 2013 1:37 PM

    Completely irrelevant point: a buddy of mine bartendered with Mornhinweg when he was going to school in Montana, and said old Marty needed to take off his shoes and count his toes to make change.

  15. whatnojets says: Jul 24, 2013 1:39 PM

    Were going to win the Conference and Super Bowl on field goals!!!

    Yeah baby!!!….

  16. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 24, 2013 1:41 PM

    That is a lie

  17. jetssuckabig1 says: Jul 24, 2013 1:44 PM

    The Jets are so lucky to have the next QB with terrible work ethic, and low skill level. GO JETS!!!

  18. donth8thehorns says: Jul 24, 2013 1:46 PM

    Geno, looked like an all pro for the first 4-5 games last year @ West Virginia! Then, starting from the 6th game on……. Sheesh, what happened? He completely fell off! I’m not sure if it was the competition or Geno, but it quickly became pretty ugly! Character aside, it will be interesting to see if he can make it at this level!

  19. Talk football or shut your pie hole... says: Jul 24, 2013 1:47 PM

    Jul 24, 2013 1:32 PM
    How does this man keep getting jobs in the NFL?
    He could not run the ball with Barry Sanders.
    He is probably one of the rasons Sanders retired early.

    ————————

    He didn’t coach in Detroit when sanders played. Sanders retired before he became their head coach. So lets not blame him for everything that’s ever gone wrong in Detroit.

  20. kgun80 says: Jul 24, 2013 1:49 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the starter. Is it really that tough to look better then Sanchez? I feel bad for the kid I don’t think he got dropped into a good situation for a rookie.. Limited WRs a bad running game. Not much to fall back on.

  21. bunjy96 says: Jul 24, 2013 1:50 PM

    What is a lie?

    Marty had to take his shoes of to help count or that the Jets are going to the super bowl?

  22. jayniner says: Jul 24, 2013 1:50 PM

    A 4-year, $5.019 million contract has that effect on people….

  23. jetsoptimist says: Jul 24, 2013 1:54 PM

    Seems like everybody lines up and waits for pft to post something about the Jets so they can comment, negatively. Ok, you don’t like the Jets, so why even comment. Imagine if its true what he’s saying and Geno is progressing at a high rate? I could only imagine the hate on this site, if Geno becomes a really gd QB! F.U.T.W.

  24. MasMacho says: Jul 24, 2013 1:54 PM

    I keep waiting for the Coach / GM that says “well… we should not have drafted this guy because he’ll never amount to squat in this league.”

    Sadly this day will never come, and PR professionals will remain employed for the forseeable future.

  25. citizenstrange says: Jul 24, 2013 1:55 PM

    Unfortunately he’s talking about pizza.

  26. ccjcsr says: Jul 24, 2013 1:55 PM

    Code for As soon as Sanchez messes up Geno will be ready!

  27. jets4everbaby says: Jul 24, 2013 1:56 PM

    Geno will shock many this year….He runs like Vick….Has the decision making of Tom Brady and throws like Russell Wilson….wow!

  28. qdog112 says: Jul 24, 2013 1:59 PM

    Geno is a conventional QB who happens to possess athletic ability. To use him as a “change of pace” would be a monumental error. He only wants to run when he has to.

    Aaron Rodgers is athletic too, but you don’t want him running the read option. Geno is faster, but NOT the runner Rodgers is. Let him compete head up and use him as the starter or the backup. No trick plays, please.

  29. fargovikesfan says: Jul 24, 2013 2:01 PM

    but can he properly execute the “butt fumble”?

  30. novanation33 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:03 PM

    You Jets haters need to get a life.

  31. sully215 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:06 PM

    MM – not a fan.

  32. rockbottm75 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:06 PM

    @ kelz1966kelz1966 :How does this man keep getting jobs in the NFL?
    He could not run the ball with Barry Sanders.
    He is probably one of the rasons Sanders retired early.
    ________________________________

    Im def not a Morny fan but Sanders retired in 1998. Morny didnt join the Lions until 2001.

    Just sayin

  33. qweststrike2008 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:12 PM

    The only thing more stupid than the Philly QB “battle” is the Jets QB “battle”.

  34. immafubared says: Jul 24, 2013 2:13 PM

    If this doofus says Geno is good to go then the Jets and Geno are both in trouble

  35. jdphx says: Jul 24, 2013 2:20 PM

    Can you imagine the pouting Geno will do if he
    starts out 2nd string? This guy is a prima-donna
    to the max!

  36. sportnorcal says: Jul 24, 2013 2:26 PM

    Does he get a real shot at being the starter to open the season?

    Or do they have to start Sanchise and let him falter before they can save face and replace him?

    Should be an interesting camp.

  37. dexterismyhero says: Jul 24, 2013 2:26 PM

    @novanation33 says:Jul 24, 2013 2:03 PM

    You Jets haters need to get a life.
    ==================================
    We do, and we also have teams that are not part of Barnum & Bailey!!!!! sucka!!!!

  38. juke1220 says: Jul 24, 2013 2:27 PM

    “The bar is high” oh wait.. that was Marinelli.

  39. realfootballfan says: Jul 24, 2013 2:28 PM

    Why would he speculate on him being a read-option, change of pace QB? He’s a pocket passer who can move. It’s kind of asinine to even bring that possibility up since that’s not anything he ever did, even in that college Mickey Mouse system suited to take advantage of those possibilities.

  40. realfootballfan says: Jul 24, 2013 2:30 PM

    kelz1966kelz1966,

    You do know that Barry Sanders retired when Bobby Ross was coach, don’t you? I think Morninweg was one of the worst head coaches the league has ever seen, but so was Norv Turner. He’s still a respected offensive coordinator.

  41. MasMacho says: Jul 24, 2013 2:31 PM

    @novanation33,

    “You Jets haters need to get a life.”

    Actually, we don’t.

  42. brokenrope says: Jul 24, 2013 2:39 PM

    Here we go another M. Vick replay except now
    it’s G. Smith’s turn follow the blueprint footsteps
    that was laid out for M. Vick. WHAT A JOKE!!!

  43. dynaco says: Jul 24, 2013 2:40 PM

    pjrhc says:
    Jul 24, 2013 1:30 PM
    Mornhinweg. Has anyone bounced around the league coaching more than him?

    ==================================
    Only the Hoodie comes to mind.

  44. officialgame says: Jul 24, 2013 3:55 PM

    This from the guy who hand picked Kevin Kolb.

  45. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jul 24, 2013 3:56 PM

    Rookie Geno Smith thinks he has a “great shot” to win the job.

    Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg seems to agree with Smith.

    ——————————————-

    All of this makes no difference until Sexy Rexy’s wife gets her ink redone … or Rex is shown the door.

  46. maddog111 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:00 PM

    brokenrope says:
    Jul 24, 2013 2:39 PM
    Here we go another M. Vick replay except now
    it’s G. Smith’s turn follow the blueprint footsteps
    that was laid out for M. Vick. WHAT A JOKE!!!

    —————————————
    Could someone translate that please?

  47. phinfan says: Jul 24, 2013 4:00 PM

    and Sanchez is getting high at a HIGH rate!

  48. harrycanyon says: Jul 24, 2013 4:14 PM

    When you are starting fresh on a new system, of course he is progressing. If he wasn’t , then what the hell is he doing in the NFL. Weather he progressing enough to be a successful, will come when plays in some games. I personally don’t see him starting this year. Last years rookie crop wasn’t the norm.

  49. andyisfat says: Jul 24, 2013 4:28 PM

    Marty Morningwood is an idiot.

  50. steelerben says: Jul 24, 2013 4:29 PM

    With all the commentary about how Sanchez is still making the same mistakes that he did as a rookie and no longer has enough talent on the team around him to hide it, why is anyone surprised that Smith making small amounts of progress would qualify him to take the starting role? He’s got the stronger arm. He’s faster, so he can move around a little when the pocket breaks down because no one got open. He costs MUCH less.

    If you are going to get boneheaded mistakes, why not get them from the guy who is actually a rookie instead of the one that is still playing like he is?

  51. vbe2 says: Jul 24, 2013 4:40 PM

    Mornhinweg also compared Vick to Steve Young last year.

  52. dmgkm says: Jul 24, 2013 9:45 PM

    How does this man keep getting jobs in the NFL?
    He could not run the ball with Barry Sanders.
    He is probably one of the rasons Sanders retired early.
    ————————–
    What??? He was never a coach of a team that Sanders was on. Marty was a 49ers coach from 97-2000 and then coach of the lions from 01-02. Barry sanders retired in 98, and if you think Marty was part of sanders’ last team, Barry Sanders went out on a pretty decent year. cant believe you got more likes than thumbs down. shows no one hear has a clue and just loves negative remarks

  53. rpthetruth says: Jul 24, 2013 10:09 PM

    lets go geno, sanchez is a loser.

  54. pisano says: Jul 26, 2013 12:38 AM

    Looks like the writing’s on the wall for Sanchez. This job is Geno’s to lose. It’s hard to believe he’d be as bad as Sanchez, even as a rookie. Mike Francessa of Wfan called this as soon as he heard Geno was picked in the draft.

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