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Marty Mornhinweg hopes for quick QB decision

Mark Sanchez attempts a pass during a game

Mark Sanchez attempts a pass during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field. (Dec. 9, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg reiterated today on a conference call with season ticket holders that there will be a “bona fide quarterback competition, period.” He just hopes it doesn’t last very long.

“I’m hoping someone will rise to the top quicker rather than later,” Mornhinweg said.

The veteran play-caller, in his first season with the Jets, said he will distribute reps based on past performance – and not just from previous years.

“I spent quite a little bit of time figuring out the exact reps and that will be dictated on how well they’ve done in the prior practice or practices as well,” he said. Earlier in the call, Mornhinweg said “reps will be distributed regarding how they played in recent past history and typically, there will be a player at every position when there’s competition that will rise above and beyond the other players. Hopefully that’s quick.”

Mornhinweg wouldn't offer a specific timetable on when he'd make his decision, however.

Mark Sanchez is the incumbent starter, but the Jets have four other quarterbacks competing for the No. 1 job: second-round draft pick Geno Smith, recently signed veteran David Garrard, third-year quarterback Greg McElroy, and free agent Matt Simms. 

When a season ticket holder asked specifically about Sanchez, Mornhinweg said the quarterback needs to address the turnover issue; Sanchez has committed a combined 52 turnovers the previous two seasons, the most in the NFL over that period. 

“We do have to get the ball security issue corrected,” Mornhinweg said. But the coach absolved Sanchez of some of the blame. “The first thing with Mark is that any quarterback that is playing at a high level, typically he’s got good players around him on both sides of the ball, and special teams are important as well.”

During Sanchez's first two seasons, the Jets went to the AFC Championship Game both years. Their talent level was much better than it has been the last two seasons, when the Jets finished 8-8 and then 6-10 in 2012. 

Tags: Mark Sanchez , Marty Mornhinweg

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