Jets still defining their offensive identity

Marty Mornhinweg | New York Jets

Hired this offseason to revitalize a left-for-dead offensive attack, coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is infusing his philosophy into the huddle and bringing a West Coast flavor to New York.

With the first game of the 2013 NFL preseason already in the books, we can start looking at who is calling the plays on the sidelines for the Jets as the Tony Sparano experiment was a one-and-done in New York. Of course if you ask the fans of the Philadelphia Eagles, they are happy their Offensive Coordinator is no longer there as well.

Marty Mornhinweg joined Rex Ryan's gang during the offseason and his West Coast offense came along with him, but the major question of course during this season of no expectations is whether the Jets personnel can pick up his system quickly? We shall find out once the Tampa Bay Buccaneers come to Met Life Stadium on September 8.

But with the quarterback competition still going on in Cortland and soon to move into the Atlantic Health Training Center in New Jersey, Mornhinweg was non-committal on which player has the edge.

"Well (Geno) Smith is nicked up just a little bit, noted the Jets' newly hired coordinator. "He's done very well up until that point, (Mark) Sanchez has played at a pretty high level fairly consistently. (We are) still working on playing at a high level throughout the game."

Of course we have to notice the early interception that Sanchez threw in the first quarter of the preseason opener and the ability to refocus and connect on the touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland.

"You know it's a long game, but those things, we want to minimize those throughout the whole year," said Mornhinweg. "We want to absolutely minimize those types of things occurring."

But as we all know what Ryan wants on offense is the ground and pound. But you need to throw the ball down the field and running the rock according to the Jets offensive guru.

"You score points throwing the ball," noted Mornhinweg. "I mean, now you're getting into a philosophical situation here. Look we don't care how we get it done, running, passing, we don't care who gets credit, whatever it takes to win the next ball game."

The one person that I know Mornhinweg is itching to see and so far is finally able to practice with the Jets is running back Chris Ivory. Hampered by a hamstring Ivory has finally started to look good in practice. But what was Mornhinweg's opinion of the former Saints player?

"I like what I've seen in his past history, I like what I saw just a little bit in the offseason, and I certainly like what I've seen in the past couple of days so we'll see, noted Mornhinweg. "That's a little fluid. The only thing I can say right now is I think he's feeling pretty good."

Will this team finally gel after these preseason games throughout the month of October? That answer is still a work in progress, but we have to give Mornhinweg's offense a chance to develop and allow these parts no matter how strong or weak they look.

Perhaps the Jets without any expectations this upcoming season could surprise again, just like when Rex Ryan took the head coaching job four years ago. Obtaining a brilliant offensive mind like Mornhinweg to direct the show is a great start.

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