Get to know Marty Mornhinweg
The Jets hired former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg as their OC. Learn more about the Jets' newest coach.
As a senior quarterback at Oak Grove High School in San Jose, Calif., Marty Mornhinweg was named the Northern California player of the year and an all-state performer. His coach at the time was Cleveland Browns president and former NFL head coach Mike Holmgren, who he later coached with in the Green Bay Packers organization.
While Mornhinweg never played in the NFL, he did lead the Arena Football League's Denver Dynamite to the league's championship in 1987 before going down with a career-ending knee injury.
Mornhinweg, left, went on to start at quarterback at the University of Montana all four years he was there. He set 15 passing records at Montana and is now a member of the university's Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame.
Mornhinweg spent 10 years coaching at the collegiate level in various roles with Northern Arizona, Missouri, Southeast Missouri State, Texas El-Paso and his alma mater, Montana.
Mornhinweg has been a coach in the NFL since 1995, when he joined the Green Bay Packers as an offensive assistant. He was named the quarterbacks coach in 1996 before moving to the San Francisco 49ers, where he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
From 2001-02, Mornhinweg had his lone head coaching opportunity with the Detroit Lions. The Lions went 5-27 in that span. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Mornhinweg will go down in history for making arguably one of the worst coaching decisions of all time. In overtime in a game on Nov. 24, 2002 against the Chicago Bears, Mornhinweg took the wind at his team's back on defense instead of taking the ball after winning the coin toss. The Bears won on a 40-yard field goal.
Mornhinweg spent the past 10 seasons in Philadelphia, where he started his offensive coordinator and assistant head coach duties in 2004. During his time with the Eagles, the team advanced to three NFC Championships, going 1-2 in those games.
Under Mornhinweg's guidance, five quarterbacks have earned Pro Bowl honors: Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, Brett Favre, Steve Young and Jeff Garcia.
Mornhinweg has spent much of his career with now Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. They coached together at Texas-El Paso and Missouri, and they were offensive assistants with the Packers in 1995-96 before spending 10 years together with the Eagles.