Offensive balance not a big concern for Marty Mornhinweg

AP

In their preseason opener against the Lions, the Jets offense ran 58 plays.

On 16 of those plays they ran the ball. They passed on the other 42 snaps, which makes for a curious ratio for a team that is seriously challenged when it comes to putting the ball in the air. Coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday that “you don’t want that” kind of imbalance in play calling, but offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg looks at things a little bit differently.

“Who said you need to be balanced?” Mornhinweg said, via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. “You score points throwing the ball. Now you’re getting into a philosophical situation. Look it, we don’t care how we get it done — running, passing, we don’t care who gets the credit. It’s whatever it takes to win the next game.”

Mornhinweg is no stranger to complaints that his offense slants too heavily toward the pass. It was a common refrain when he was running the Eagles and will certainly be a major talking point if Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith are throwing that often come the regular season. We’ll see if that’s the case because the preseason opener was played without any depth at running back behind Bilal Powell while the need to evaluate the quarterbacks could explain the heavy slant toward passing.

If things continue down this path, though, it doesn’t bode well for a Jets offense that’s not built to throw the ball all over the stadium. That’s not Mornhinweg’s fault, of course, but it is a reality that has to be taken into account when coming up with a weekly game plan.

18 responses to “Offensive balance not a big concern for Marty Mornhinweg

  1. As an Eagles fan, I loved reading this article knowing that it’s about another team, finally. This ignorance to his personnel is what will never allow Marty to be a consistently producing and winning OC. McNabb and Vick could throw 50 times a game and still win sometimes, because of the Westbrook or McCoy getting a min of 25 total touches. Good luck getting that to work with Sanchez / Smith to Powell.

  2. This guy is as predictable at calling plays as Andy Reid is. Just hope you guys don’t get to OT, he’ll tell Rex to kick if the wind is in their favor.

    I almost feel sorry for Jets fans…wait, no I don’t.

  3. It would be nice if they could be in front early in games, as opposed to always playing from behind. It seems from opening kickoff the Jets are down 7 or 10, and have to play catchup. If the jets could get a lead, it would help the defense and they can run the ball later in games.

  4. Take the wind Marty and not the ball in OT . How is this Clown even in the NFL??? O right NY Jokes.!!!!!!!

  5. mattjay0101 says:
    Aug 14, 2013 8:36 AM
    Marty Mornhinweg is the Elmer Fudd of the NFL
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    If Elmer was a real person he’d be pissed.

  6. Why worry about balance? Why watch your QB throw an interception? This is Jets Footblah baby!!

  7. If I recall correctly back in March Marty Mornhinweg said “quarterback accuracy is not that important.” Now he says offensive balance is not a big concern. Makes you wonder what he thinks IS important. Perhaps Rex needs to keep Marty away from the microphones LOL.

  8. Just remembered another Mornhinweg gem: winning the coin toss in overtime and deciding to kick off. I guess his quote would be “having possession in overtime isn’t that important.”

  9. “Offensive balance is not a big concern for Marty Mornhinweg”. On the other hand,having an offence is a different story.

  10. Why is it that the only team in the entire league that thinks offensive balance and QB accuracy doesn’t matter……is the jests?

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