With the NFL just weeks away from training camp opening up there is plenty of competition building up around the league, but according to New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, the Gang Green’s quarterback position is not one of them.
[pullquote]There is competition. Now, it may not quite be like the competition we had last year where everything was 50-50. We’re trying to continue the progression with Geno, and then have Mike ready to go. It’s just that simple, and Mike knows the exact expectations and roles that he has, and Geno knows the exact expectations.”[/pullquote]
“There is competition. Now, it may not quite be like the competition we had last year where everything was 50-50. We’re trying to continue the progression with Geno, and then have Mike ready to go. It’s just that simple, and Mike knows the exact expectations and roles that he has, and Geno knows the exact expectations.”
The Jets replaced Mark Sanchez with Michael Vick this off-season to be the safety net in case of injury. He was not brought in to win the starting quarterback job and stunt Smith’s development. While that hadn’t been made clear to the public until Tuesday, Mornhinweg admits that this has been the understood reality for weeks, with Vick understanding his role with New York before he signed his one-year, $5 million contract.
During Thursday’s Season Ticket Holder conference call that featured all of the Jet’s coordinators, Mornhinweg also commented on where he feels the offense is compared to last year. “It feels like that we are just light years ahead of where we were last year, but we just can’t let that trick us into thinking we’re any better at all yet. There is a lot of hard work and preparation left heading into training camp, so we expect to get that part of our job done as well.”
While the positive attitude from the presser is a great step towards rebuilding the respect that the Gang Green have enjoyed in recent years under Rex Ryan’s tutelage, and while they have even added veterans such as Eric Decker and Chris Johnson during the winter, the Jets who finished .500 last year still have not earned the respect of Vegas.
Las Vegas Sportsbook CG Technologies have recently publicized their NFL Line predictions for the first 15 games of each team’s 2014 schedule and the Jets were favored in only three of those games. Is that a premonition of things to come, or will the Jets step up and prove their worth, taking back some of the power in the AFC? Well, we will just have to watch to find out. But knowing Ryan’s teams, it will be a very fun ride.