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

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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. @ 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.
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    Im def not a Morny fan but Sanders retired in 1998. Morny didnt join the Lions until 2001.

    Just sayin

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

  13. 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.

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

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!!!

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

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    Only the Hoodie comes to mind.

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

    Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg seems to agree with Smith.

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

  20. 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!!!

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    Could someone translate that please?

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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.
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    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

  24. 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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