Marty Mornhinweg's offense has options vs. Titans
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Marty Mornhinweg was careful not to disclose too much.
Even after his play-calling produced the first Jets game with a 300-yard passer (Geno Smith), a 100-yard rusher (Bilal Powell) and two 100-yard receivers (Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill) against Buffalo last week, Mornhinweg steered clear of tipping his hand on the Titans.
Each team and each game are different, the offensive coordinator said. So there's no telling whether the Jets will take their chances against the NFL's 10th-best pass defense, or if they'll throw a heavy dose of Powell at the Titans, who are yielding 101.7 rushing yards per game. But although weekly game plans change, the mentality within the Jets' meetings rooms doesn't.
Everyone from Rex Ryan to his coordinators and position coaches stress the words "attack'' and "aggressive'' in their daily conversations -- on offense as well as defense.
"It's a mentality,'' Mornhinweg said Thursday.
That attacking style of play is nothing new for Mornhinweg, 51, who joined the NFL in 1995 as the Packers' offensive quality control coach. This past offseason, when he was looking for work after being an Eagles assistant for 10 seasons, Mornhinweg learned he and Ryan shared that approach.
He wouldn't divulge details of his conversations with Ryan before his hiring, but the coordinator said Thursday, "He wanted to be very aggressive and attack, and that's one reason that I ended up here, I think.''
The Jets did just that against the Bills' depleted secondary. Smith threw for 331 of the Jets' 513 total yards, a high for Ryan's five seasons. The rookie also had four completions of at least 40 yards. But will the Jets test the Titans downfield?
"Well, we'll see,'' Mornhinweg said. "They can play it many different ways. They're very good, very well coached. It's just an excellent scheme. Certainly we've got some players that can go [deep] just a little bit.''
And with blitz-happy Gregg Williams, the former Saints defensive coordinator, now a member of Mike Munchak's staff, the Jets know they're in for a fight.
"It's going to be a real physical game,'' Mornhinweg said. "It's just that simple.''
Notes & quotes: Ryan hasn't acted overconfident in quite some time, but when asked about once reveling in proving people wrong, the old Rex made a brief appearance. "We'll see,'' he said with a grin. "It's a long season ahead. I think I know what it's going to look like, but we'll see.'' . . . After being limited Wednesday, rookie CB Dee Milliner (hamstring) did not practice. If he's unable to play Sunday, Ryan said Darrin Walls might take Milliner's spot on the outside and Kyle Wilson would play nickel cornerback . . . Asked about Santonio Holmes, who had a career-high 154 receiving yards against the Bills, Ryan said, "He is a legitimate No. 1 receiver.'' . . . Special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica said RB Mike Goodson will get an opportunity to return kicks after his four-game suspension is complete. Goodson is eligible to play Week 5 against the Falcons.