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.