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Report: Mornhinweg prefers Geno Smith to Mark Sanchez


The Jets have said that while Jets coach Rex Ryan has final say in their quarterback competition, it will be a group decision. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is part of the group that will make the decision, and his vote is for Geno Smith.

That’s the word from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, who reports that Mornhinweg prefers Smith as the best man to run the offense, even if Mark Sanchez is healthy.

Jets General Manager John Idzik has a say in the quarterback decision, and he surely prefers Smith as well: Idzik selected Smith in the second round of this year’s NFL draft, and he would obviously prefer to see Smith as the starter over Sanchez, whom Idzik inherited and kept on the roster only because he had an expensive guaranteed contract.

So if Idzik and Mornhinweg both want Smith, and Smith is healthy right now and Sanchez isn’t, why hasn’t Smith been named the starter? It must be that Ryan isn’t ready to close the door on Sanchez, who has been his quarterback the whole time he’s been the Jets’ head coach. Everyone else may be ready to move on to Smith, but Ryan hasn’t yet pulled the trigger on the move that would end Sanchez’s tenure as the starter.

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28 Responses to “Report: Mornhinweg prefers Geno Smith to Mark Sanchez”
  1. newjerseygiants says: Aug 31, 2013 10:25 AM

    I prefer Matt Simms to both Smith and Sanchez.

  2. jetsclaps says: Aug 31, 2013 10:26 AM

    Finally the season is upon us, when the Jets can surprise a lot of people.

    10-6 here we come!


  3. newjerseygiants says: Aug 31, 2013 10:31 AM

    Prediction: Geno will get the starting job and screw up big-time. Week 3 Sanchez starts and gets picked off 4 times and fumbles a snap or two. By week 5 Simms gets the nod and looks great.

  4. FinFan68 says: Aug 31, 2013 10:33 AM

    10-6 here we come!
    That has to be your score prediction for the first game.

  5. TheWizard says: Aug 31, 2013 10:35 AM

    You do have to wonder what the preseason games really mean when the QB who actually had production is never considered to start week one.

  6. steelerconsensus says: Aug 31, 2013 10:45 AM

    Right when you think the Patriots would lose hold of the division, you look at the QBs in NY and Buffalo.

  7. mrfield16 says: Aug 31, 2013 10:46 AM

    Or (hopefully) Simms is getting consideration.

  8. patriots123456 says: Aug 31, 2013 10:48 AM

    I can’t imagine why this site keeps from showing my non-offensive posts…

  9. tackleberries says: Aug 31, 2013 10:49 AM

    “It must be that Ryan isn’t ready to close the door on Sanchez”

    Do you know how much it costs to get a tattoo altered?

  10. officialgame says: Aug 31, 2013 10:52 AM

    I’m sure he does, he was the reason the Jets drafted him. Doesn’t matter that he isn’t ready to play. Take the wind Marty, take the wind.

  11. eatitfanboy says: Aug 31, 2013 10:56 AM


    If the Jets made their decisions based on who could play and not who the coaches liked for who made the most money Sanchez would’ve been gone a long time ago

  12. jobotjones says: Aug 31, 2013 11:04 AM

    They’ll find a way to screw it up…again.

  13. lroc20 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:11 AM

    Dont listen to Marty, he destroys teams

  14. insanelomein2 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:22 AM

    How does Marty Mornhinweg keep getting NFL jobs? This guy was the absolute worst as the Eagles OC and now he’s the Jets OC.

    His offensive gameplans could be figured out by a 5 year old, he’s just that awful.

  15. eaglelover1 says: Aug 31, 2013 11:32 AM

    Let’s see…..the new GM likes Smith and the NEW coordinator likes Smith…..

    Jets Fans meet you new HC Marty…..Ryan is toast

  16. patsbrat says: Aug 31, 2013 11:41 AM

    Not naming a starter at this point in the preseason just underscores the fact that they don’t have confidence in either one of them.

  17. toybkshr says: Aug 31, 2013 12:08 PM

    Does anyone really care?

  18. chiadam says: Aug 31, 2013 12:18 PM

    This is the same guy that gave the Bears the ball and the wind at their backs in OT (when FGs won games in OT), immediately lost the game, and afterwards said he would do it again. Probably always do the opposite of what he says.

  19. aldante66 says: Aug 31, 2013 12:21 PM

    You have to take into consideration Morningwag coached the Lions unsucessfully then went elsewhere and was equally unimpressive.
    If he likes Geno, I would be afraid, very afraid to be a jets fan.

  20. buccaneer4ever says: Aug 31, 2013 12:46 PM

    Well, if neither of them work out, I hear Tim Tebow is available. I wonder what kinds of magic the Jets could produce on offense with Tebow behind center?

  21. dlk47823 says: Aug 31, 2013 1:16 PM

    jerseyGiants- I prefer matt simms to eli manning. Manning will get killed behind that swiss cheese line this year.

  22. dlk47823 says: Aug 31, 2013 1:17 PM

    Buccaneer- You wish you had a QB. Going to look stupid week 1 losing in NY

  23. lrjets says: Aug 31, 2013 1:17 PM

    toybkshr says:Aug 31, 2013 12:08 PM

    Does anyone really care?

    Sure seems you do!

  24. dlk47823 says: Aug 31, 2013 1:19 PM

    Phinfan- Jets will finish ahead of the Dolphins

  25. lrjets says: Aug 31, 2013 1:19 PM

    January 2000

    Dolphins win a playoff game!

  26. prmpft says: Aug 31, 2013 1:21 PM

    this is Captain Obvious reporting from jets headquarters – back to you Bob…

  27. Iain says: Aug 31, 2013 1:23 PM

    Smith hasn’t earned it yet. Would be ridiculous to act like he had.

  28. surfinbird1 says: Aug 31, 2013 1:26 PM

    Izdik told him to say that.

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