By Ryan Alfieri, Editor
Rex Ryan has finally settled on an offensive coordinator, calling on longtime Eagles coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and his modified version of the West Coast offense to get the Jets’ offense on track.
Mornhinweg is a passing guru, evidenced by the Eagles’ success in the passing game through over the past several years. This is the total opposite of what the recently-fired Tony Sparano was as an offensive line guru. When you consider how bad the Jets offense was last year, doing exactly the opposite of what they have been doing is hardly a bad thing.
Here are the Jets that should thrive with Mornhinweg calling the shots:
Santonio Holmes: Holmes should be able to thrive in what will resemble a modified west-coast system, with slant routes to set up double moves. Holmes is at his best when he is able to make plays after the catch because he can gain separation so easily. Holmes would be able to play of role of a DeSean Jackson, although he does not have quite the same top-end speed.
Mark Sanchez (or whoever will be the starting QB): The Eagles offense was inefficient this past year, but when looking at Mornhinweg’s body of work, he was able to get the most out of whichever quarterback he was forced to start.
Whether it was Donovan McNabb, Kevin Kolb, or Michael Vick, all of those players were at their best in the Eagles’ system. They were even able to get good production out of a third-round rookie in Nick Foles. If the Jets decide to start Mark Sanchez next year on opening day, he may just be able to salvage his career working with a QB guru like Mornhinweg.
Bilal Powell: While he may not be as talented of a back as LeSean McCoy or Brian Westbrook, Powell is a good fit for Mornhinweg’s system. Powell has great lateral agility and has good hands out of the backfield, making him a perfect fit in a modified West Coast offense.
However, the Jets are not going to be the power “ground and pound” offense that Rex Ryan forced on his team for four years. Instead, the Jets are going to be more creative with their runs, including more zone blocking schemes.
Vladimir Ducasse: There is a very good chance that Vladimir Ducasse will finally get a crack at a full-time starting gig at left guard in a system that works to his strengths. The Eagles will use a lot more stretch and zone runs, which requires athletic lineman like Ducasse.
Matt Slauson is a more powerful blocker in one-on-one situations, but Ducasse is a better athlete and would be a better fit for Mornhinweg’s scheme.