The Jets' transformation from an all-weather, ground-and-pound team appears complete. At least, in theory.
The Jets hired former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg as Tony Sparano's replacement.
After the Jets’ offense finished 30th in Sparano’s first and only year with the team, Ryan boldly chose a coordinator whose philosophy is deeply-rooted in the passing game. Mornhinweg is known best for utilizing the West Coast Offense, a vast departure from Ryan’s previous ground and pound preference. But the Jets coach hinted in his season-ending press conference that he was willing to break free of his run-heavy mentality.
"I think before, maybe I misjudged the thing about I just want to ground-and-pound, that type of mentality," he said. "Maybe I bought into that more than maybe I should have. Maybe I needed to be more open-minded and look at things a little bit differently, but we have to have it. We have to have that kind of mentality and we have some players certainly capable of playing with that kind of mentality."
Mornhinweg was the Eagles' OC from 2006-2012. He was fired on Dec. 31 -- the day after Philly finished 4-12. Its offense ranked 15th in 2012. While some see him as a retread, Mornhinweg's offenses finished in the Top 10 in five of the past six seasons -- something the Jets cannot say.
The Jets had eyed several candidates for their OC vacany, including Stanford's OC Pep Hamilton (who has been hired by the Colts), former Ravens OC Cam Cameron, Hue Jackson (Bengals secondary coach), Pat Shurmur (former Browns coach) and, according to ESPNNewYork.com, Joe Lombardi (Saints QB coach, and grandson of the great Vince Lombardi).
So here's how the 2013 Jets staff looks so far:
Head Coach: Rex Ryan
Offensive Coordinator: Marty Mornhinweg
Defensive Coordinator: Dennis Thurman
Special Teams Coordinator: Ben Kotwica