Jets introduce Mornhinweg, Thurman as coordinators
Marty Mornhinweg is a longtime Philadelphia Eagles assistant coach, who seven of the past 10 seasons as an offensive coordinator in Philadelphia. Marty Mornhinweg replaces former offensive Tony Sparano who fired after just one season with the New York Jets.
The 50-year-old Marty Mornhinweg will have a difficult task at hand in New York as he takes over a Jets offense that ranked 30th in the league in total yards. The New York Jets offense scored 10 points or less over eight games to finish with the 5th worst points overall in the league this season. Moreover, Marty Mornhinwegh’s experience at grooming Pro Bowl earning quarterbacks such as Michael Vick, Steve Young, Brett Favre, Jeff Garcia and Donovan will be of great assistance in New York after starter Mark Sanchez led the New York Jets to a 5-6 season and out of playoffs contention.
Following the new coaching staff changes and a dismal season where Rex Ryan refused to bench Mark Sanchez despite struggling as a starter, the New York Jets head coach indicated that Sanchez will have to “erase his hard drive” to get-in with the new system. Mark Sanchez is reportedly already seeking out retired quarterback Jeff Garcia’s help to better equip himself with Marty Mornhinweg’s scheme. Marty Mornhinweg will be calling the New York Jets’ offensive plays next season.
Prior to landing a job on the Philadelphia Eagles’ coaching staff, Marty Mornhinweg spent two seasons as the Detroit Lions’ head coach. Before that Marty Mornhinweg was the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive coordinator for four seasons. However, Marty Mornhinweg started his NFL career in 1995 as an assistant coach and ten quarterback coach serving two seasons with the Green Bay Packers.
Rex Ryan promoted Dennis Thurman from defensive backs coach to defensive coordinator after Mike Pettine left for a similar job with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday. The New York Jets had offered Mike Pettine a contract extension Mike Pettine but he refused the team’s offer. Both Mike Pettine and Dennis Thurman had been part of Rex Ryan’s coaching staff since he first took the New York Jets’ head coaching job in 2009.
The New York jets are expected to have a similar defensive scheme as last season under Mike Pettine. Dennis Thurman will share defensive play calling duties with Rex Ryan.
Rex Ryan also introduced David Lee as his quarterbacks coach and Tim McDonald as the New York Jets’ defensive backs coach on Thursday.
David Lee was Buffalo Bills quarterback coach last season, and before that played a key role in setting up the Miami Dolphins’ wildcat offense while serving as the teams; quarterbacks coach for two seasons. Meanwhile former NFL safety Tim McDonald was a secondary coach with Fresno State last season.