New Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's plan showcased at minicamp
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The practice video remained paused on the flat-screen TV, while Marty Mornhinweg took a break from his study session last week.
Within the glass walls of his spacious office, the Jets offensive coordinator will try to diagram a blueprint for success for a team with not enough weapons and no set quarterback. And for that reason, the Jets offense remains the biggest question mark heading into the three-day, mandatory minicamp that begins Tuesday.
Mornhinweg, the team's third offensive coordinator in as many seasons, has been charged with molding a respectable offense from the remnants of Tony Sparano's 6-10 unit. But Mornhinweg's most important task will be to resurrect the career of Mark Sanchez -- or to prepare Geno Smith to be a rookie starter.
But even though they're still learning a new system, while enduring a host of injuries to receivers Santonio Holmes, Stephen Hill and Clyde Gates, Jets players say they believe in Mornhinweg's methods.
"Marty's like a Cadillac," slot receiver Jeremy Kerley said. "He's laid-back. He's cool. He gives us the leeway to be ourselves. I love the offense he's bringing."
Sanchez, whose 52 turnovers over the past two seasons were the most in the NFL, said it was easy to trust Mornhinweg, who has nearly 20 years of NFL coaching experience.
"Just to see the way Marty installs plays," Sanchez said, "he can reach everybody in the room . . . Marty just has a way of explaining it and it comes from his experience.
"He's explained it to thousands of players. That kind of experience that he can lean on, it really helps . . . You know for a fact he's got this down, everything he's telling you. Those things are gold. I don't think I've gone through more notebooks ever. Everything he's saying is important stuff and it gives me confidence knowing that he's going to put you in a good spot and now it's my job to go make the throw."
The foundation of Mornhinweg's offense has now been laid. Over the next three days and through training camp, he and the rest of the coaching staff will see how well their players have adapted to it.
Front-office shake-up. The Jets announced former Cardinals general manager Rod Graves has been named the new senior director of football administration. Graves, a longtime friend of Jets general manager John Idzik, hired Idzik as Arizona Cardinals senior director of football operations in 2004.
The Jets also promoted former West Coast scouting supervisor Matt Bazirgan to assistant director of pro personnel, named former Jets cornerback Aaron Glenn, David Boller, David Hinson and Christopher Prescott as area scouts, and tabbed Rick Courtright as an NFS college scout.