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Marty Mornhinweg takes some blame for incomplete evaluation on Geno Smith

Quarterback Geno Smith speaks with offensive coordinator Marty

Quarterback Geno Smith speaks with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg during OTAs. (May 30, 2013) (Credit: Mike Stobe)

CORTLAND – On paper, Geno Smith’s stats against the Lions weren’t so bad: 6-for-7 for 47 yards. No touchdowns and, much to the delight of Jets fans, no interceptions.

The rookie quarterback’s first NFL performance, however, was a tad underwhelming. But offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg shouldered some of the responsibility for Smith’s outing.

“A couple of those were me,” he said, explaining that he was trying to get a certain number of calls/reps for various position players with Smith at quarterback.

“For instance, I wanted to play [fullback] Tommy [Bohanon] quite a little bit, I wanted to see just exactly where he’s at,” said Mornhinweg. “Wanted to get Kellen [Winslow] at least one ball, I wanted to get Stephen [Hill] on a certain thing, on and on and on and on. I wanted to see each guard pull one way. So in doing that, that was my responsibility.

“There was one series where I didn’t just let Geno play. We were trying to get a couple of things accomplished that way. So it was not much of an evaluation on Geno. You were able to see him drop back and throw the ball a couple times, certainly. But we had seen that in practice. And then he got nicked with the ankle…. And then we go with [third-string quarterback] Greg [McElroy].” 

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