The Philadelphia Eagles not only need to find a new head coach, they need a total revamping of their offense. This is why the Eagles let offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinwig leave along with Andy Reid. However, the New York Jets might be interested in bringing Mornhinwig on board anyway, according to the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta on Jan. 11.
Mehta tweeted that the Jets have Mornhinwig on their list for their new offensive coordinator, and may interview him shortly. New York needs as much of an offensive revival as Philadelphia does, given its problems with Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow last season. However, the Eagles were no better on offense than the Jets were, and were worse in many ways.
Despite how Mornhinwig and Reid made the Eagles a high-flying machine at their best, Philadelphia ranked 29’th in scoring in their final season together. It wasted the talents of Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, among others, although injuries also had something to do with it.
The Jets don’t have those dangerous offensive stars and Sanchez may never rise above mediocrity at this rate, so it’s hard to see how Mornhinwig would do better with New York's personnel. And since his offensive style is quarterback-centric and often neglects the run, it may put too much pressure on Sanchez or whomever quarterbacks the Jets next year. However, perhaps Mornhinwig would put together a more balanced plan without Reid overseeing him.
If Mornhinwig is a serious candidate, it might refuel rumors that Vick could join the Jets after the Eagles release him. Reid doesn’t appear likely to bring Vick to the Kansas City Chiefs, although he called him “a good kid” on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning on Jan. 10. So if Vick wants to join a new team with a familiar face around, he may have to look elsewhere.
The Jets and Eagles both need a complete overhaul, after they each went from Super Bowl contenders to laughingstocks in just two years. Yet is Mornhinwig’s track record in the last two seasons really what the Jets need to revive their offense?