Found September 22, 2013 on NY Sports 24/7:
The ‘same ol’ Jets’ mantra is beginning its resurrection during this first quarter of the 2013-2014 NFL season. The New York Jets replaced one inept quarterback with another this offseason, the head coach is the same, and the results against familiar opponents bear the results we’re used to seeing over the past few years. The one key change entering this football season has been the Jets’ new offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg. It would seem from the surface that Mornhinweg is the type of offensive specialist who would mesh well with head coach Rex Ryan. Everyone knows Ryan as the defensive guru, while Mornhinweg’s resume displays his offensive coaching abilities to be far greater than his two predecessors, Tony Sparano and Brian Schottenheimer. However, once you scratch away and peel back the surface on M-Squared, you’ll find his offensive schemes are counter-productive to Ryan’s ‘ground-and-pound’ offensive style. “The old football mentality about run preference is I would love to run more than throw,” Ryan told reporters after a recent practice. “But the way the game is played today I want to also attack downfield.” That doesn’t sound like the Ryan New Yorkers know. That sounds less like the guy who coached these Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship Games through dishing out on-field punishment, and more like a lame-duck coach who’s allowing himself to be told what he needs to do in order to keep his job next season with this team. Marty and Rex can’t mesh and coexist coherently; the numbers don’t lie. Rex was most successful when his team ran the ball more than it threw, wearing down the opposing defense to be carved up during a game’s final quarter. Running not only allowed for the Jets to beat down the opposition, but it gave the passing game more options with one-on-one coverage, and kept offensive talent such as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning off the field for longer stretches of time. Marty’s success as a pass-first coach has had its limitations. These Jets resemble more of last season’s Philadelphia Eagles (Mornhinweg’s last stop), than Bill Walsh’s West-coast style San Francisco 49ers (Marty’s first coaching locale). We know how the latter story ended. Indeed Marty’s Methodology can work, but not all playing fields were created equal. In order for Mornhinweg to replicate even some of the records his Eagles teams set over the last decade – completions, net yards, third-down completion percentage, and net passing yards, among others – he must mold his coaching style to resemble that of Rex. In order for quarterback Geno Smith to continue to develop – albeit with less ‘baptism under fire’ than he’s been receiving to this point – Marty needs to take some of the defensive attention away from the rookie out of West Virginia and spread its focus towards the Jets’ running game. Even though at this point “it’s the most I’ve ever run the football,” says Mornhinweg, it may yet not be enough for Smith’s improvement and progression. The running attack helps build momentum and establish an offensive flow and rhythm early in a game, and without the ground weapon a young QB can easily be lost in the crowd. However, if Mornhinweg decides to continue his torrid passing pace via Smith, not only will the Jets give last season’s 4-12 Eagles as run for its money, but ghastly and costly errors by Geno late in games (see late week vs. Patriots) will continue to plague this Gang Green club. If you still don’t believe me, the proof is in the pudding.  

Rex Ryan implements push-up punishment to decrease penalties

After Sunday’s 27-20 win over Buffalo — in which the Jets committed a franchise-record 20 penalties — coach Rex Ryan is implementing a form of public shaming during practices to help reduce the team's momentum-killing infractions. Ryan won't be slapping a scarlet "P" on anyone's chest, but whenever a player commits a penalty, anybody and everybody observing...

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Rex Ryan Having Jets Do 10 Pushups for Every Penalty, Wants Owner Woody Johnson, Fans to Join In

And just like that, Rex Ryan has a little hop in his step again. The Jets coach appeared to be closer to his old self Monday after the Jets moved to 2-1 on the season with a 27-20 divisional win Sunday over the Buffalo Bills. While he wasn’t entirely thrilled with New York’s win, which included a ghastly 20 penalty flags being thrown against the Jets (compared to their 20 total...

Jets using push-ups again to curb penalties

The New York Jets are going back to push-ups for penalties. Whenever a player commits an infraction on the practice field, everyone - from coach Rex Ryan to owner Woody Johnson - needs to drop and give `em 10. Coming off setting a dubious team record with 20 penalties in the Jets' 27-20 victory over Buffalo on Sunday, Ryan says the push-ups are one way to make players accountable...

Rex credits players for yards, himself for flags

BY NICK ST. DENISRex Ryan watched his New York Jets offense accumulate the most yards it has since Ryan took over as head coach -- 513, to be exact. He also saw his team take a franchise-record 20 penalties.Ryan put the positive on his players and the negative on himself."Well, don’t give me credit," Ryan said of his offense after the game. ". . . That’s clearly...

Jets beat Bills despite 20 penalties

Rex Ryan might see yellow penalty flags in his sleep. Luckily for him and his New York Jets, an ugly afternoon still ended with an improbable victory. Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes, including a go-ahead 69-yarder to Santonio Holmes in the fourth quarter, and the Jets overcame a team-record 20 penalties to hang on and beat the Buffalo Bills 27-20 Sunday. ''I love...

5 things to know from Jets' 27-20 win over Bills

Ugly. Sloppy. And, Rex Ryan will take it. The New York Jets overcame a team-record 20 penalties and hung on to beat the Buffalo Bills 27-20 on Sunday as Geno Smith outplayed EJ Manuel in a matchup of the first two quarterbacks drafted in April. ''I love the fact that our team found a way to win,'' Ryan said. ''We persevered and we won. That's really...

Will push-ups aid Jets' penalty woes?

The New York Jets are going back to push-ups for penalties. That means whenever a player commits an infraction on the practice field, everyone out there - from coach Rex Ryan to owner Woody Johnson - needs to drop and give `em 10. Meanwhile, the penalized player will just stand and watch. ''I want him to notice who he's affecting,'' Ryan said Monday. '&...

Oops, They Did It Again

Florham Park, N.J. - The Jets are into themes this year. The mantra of competition is the obvious one...the other one...drops. The receiving core had a total of six last week against the Partiots (granted, it was pouring)."You're an NFL receiver, you're paid to catch the football and we certainly need to do it,' Rex Ryan said. "Not saying that drops won'...

Dee Milliner won’t start for the Jets on Sunday

According to the New York Post,  Jets head coach Rex Ryan did say that rookie Dee Milliner will play this week after being benched last week, but wouldn’t name him as one of his defensive starters. “I don’t know. He’s going to start some of the defense, maybe not all of it. I don’t think he’s in there on goal line, I think Kenrick [Ellis, nose tackle] is in there on...

New York Jets Therapy Session – Case of the Dropsies

Cole Patterson continues his New York Jets Therapy Session series. Make sure to check for these every Thursday and to give him a follow on Twitter.  Diagnosis: Call in the Center for Disease Control. Don your HazMat suit. Stock up on the Stickum antiviral. The highly contagious scourge that is the “Dropsies” has infected the New York Jets. With a minimal incubation period...

Aristotle Tziampiris, Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Piraeus, Explained why People Hate the Jets

Aristotle Tziampiris, Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Piraeus (and Visiting Fellow at New York University's Remarque Institute) wrote Why They Hate the New York Jets. In it he explains: 1) The Jets Face the NY Media Market. Manish Mehta, the Daily News beat writer for the Jets provides a case in point. Now I am not saying that he is not competent...

Storylines aplenty in Jets-Bills matchup

With the AFC East shaping up to be an competitive division, the New York Jets return home to face the rival Buffalo Bills and their rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel. How will Rex Ryan thwart the young upstart signal-caller and will the Jets be able bounce back from a tough road loss in New England? Find out the answers to these questions as well as other storylines from the Week 3 tilt.

Four Point Stance: Bills at Jets

BY NICK ST. DENISMust-win situations don't exist in Week 3. But the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets' divisional bout is as close as it gets, as the loser will fall to 1-2 and 0-2 in the division. That's not back-breaking, but with the New England Patriots at 2-0 with games in hand over both teams and the Miami Dolphins also unbeaten, neither the Jets nor the Bills can...

Jets need balance between run and pass

There are not nearly as many secrets in the NFL as the culture of paranoid coaches and front office executives would lead you to believe. One thing about the Jets that has become no secret two games into the season is this: Geno Smith their rookie quarterback is not yet quite ready for prime time. The quickest way to protect Smith and allow him to flourish while reducing the risk...
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