Marty Mornhinweg hopes starting quarterback emerges quickly


If you’re the sort of person who dreads the idea of hearing story after story about the Jets quarterback competition deep into August, you might be in luck.

On a conference call with season ticket holders Wednesday, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said that he would like to see a fast resolution to what he calls a “bona fide” competition between Mark Sanchez, David Garrard, Geno Smith, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms for spots on the team’s depth chart.

“This is going to be a competition and the reps will be distributed regarding how they’ve played in recent past history,” Mornhinweg said, via Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger. “And typically there will be a player at every position when there’s competition that will rise above and beyond the other players and hopefully that’s quick.”

Keeping the competition “bona fide” will require a lot of work from Mornhinweg when it comes to the distribution of reps. Mornhinweg said previous practices would go into the determination of snaps with the first team each day, a system which would seem to lend itself to a daily indication of who is on top of the depth chart. If the same person keeps landing that spot, the Jets would be wise to make him their starter since it is a new offense for all the quarterbacks and the eventual winner would certainly benefit from as much time as possible with the rest of the first unit.

23 responses to “Marty Mornhinweg hopes starting quarterback emerges quickly

  1. It’s Sanchez.

    Rex Ryan gave his word right here on PFT that as long as he was he head coach Sanchez would be the starter.

    Gee – if he breaks his word on that, his players may begin to question whether he can really guarantee them winning a Super Bowl.


  2. Of course most of the talk is that they’ll go with Geno, the rookie.

    So much for Wrecks learning from past history, seeing how throwing Sanchez to the wolves worked out.

  3. Here’s to Sanchez winning it, Geno holdin the clipboard for a year and Garrard most likely being cut to make room for McElroy being our third string, developing into a 2nd. Most likely scenario, bank on it.

    Garrard only had 100k guaranteed (you all know Sanchez’s situation)

    Geno needs to develop (As said by many ‘anonymous’ sources)

    Sanchez has a lot of talent but makes questionable decisions when he holds the ball too long (fumbles, INT’s). I think, as a Jets fan, he’ll be perfect for a west coast system like Marty’s that relies on intermediate and mid routes instead of the deep stuff that that Tony “Throw the deep ball to open up the run” Sparano had us running

  4. The fact that Garrard has any chance to prove to be the best QB of the bunch is a problem in itself. How can you not have a better option than an old veteran with virtually no big upside? They should have at least 3 guys who can beat him out for the job, and the fact that they think it’s possible for him to win the job is a really serious problem in NY from a mngmt mindset perspective. I’m very concerned about this team right now.

  5. Having a quarterback competition inherently means you don’t have a quarterback. Smith looks like the best option to me. At least he doesn’t have all the baggage.

  6. Funny…the winner of recent past history is Tebow, since Garrard’s been out for two years, & Tebow has a (decently) recent playoff win & a better rating than Sanchez. Alas…

  7. David Garrard is ancient.
    Mark Sanchez is a profoundly awful butt fumbler.
    Geno Smith is already a bust, according to NY media.

    I look forward to PFT, ESPN, and the rest of the useless media once again obsessing about the Jets, writing 10 to 12 meaningless and stupid, hysterical, shrill and useless articles about the Jets every day.

    Meanwhile my team — and everyone’s else team — escapes most of the tabloid BS you clowns pull.

  8. The fact that the Jets have 5 QBs is a problem to begin with.

    Sanchez will have to look like Montana to even be on the roster. Business sense says take the cap hit now to cut him and get it over with. For 2014, Woody and Idzik will flush the coaching staff and hire someone who fits Geno’s skills.

    Opening day,. Garrard starts, Geno will take over when coaches feel he’s ready, and McElroy will be #3. Simms will be the practice squad QB, and Sanchez can commiserate with Tebow about how the Jets didn’t use them properly.

  9. “Mark Sanchez is a profoundly awful butt fumbler.”

    Not true! Mark Sanchez is a profoundly awesome butt fumbler. In fact he’s the best.

  10. This is going to be a competition? Ok lets go with that.
    The winner is? ( Mark Sanchez )

  11. thestrategyexpert says: “The fact that Garrard has any chance to prove to be the best QB of the bunch is a problem in itself.”

    True, but the fact that Marty’s doing the evaluating may be an even bigger problem. This guy just reeks of ineptitude.

  12. Sanchez will be a backup on a team like the Chiefs or Dolphins or Jags.

    Andy Reid would help him immensely.

    San Diego would also be a good landing spot for him, as a backup.

    The JETs just need to cut him ASAP and move forward with Geno, Garrard, and the kid from ‘Bama, McElroy I think it is. Just make the Switch, and if the team does not respond this year, show Rex the door and get a real HC with experience like Jim Tressel, who would have something to prove, and would run the entire team, or give Jon Gruden a shot.

  13. If you’ve already got your mind made up to go with $8-Million Man, then yeah I could see a QB competition as being dreadfully boring. Especially if you were to see that one or more of the others, that you’ll hand a clipboard to, was actually better than your designated starter.

    Is Morningwheg the same guy who did such awesome and winning things for the Eagles? Just asking……

  14. Every Jets fan’s worst nightmare–Team stinks, Rex gets the bounce, Marty gets hired as his “interim” replacement, team keeps losing, Woody says he’s impressed with Marty’s coaching and removes the “interim” tag.

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