Mornhinweg grooming Jets' QB of the future

In only his first season as a pro, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith is already turning heads and earning the respect of his teammates and coaches. Find out about the rookie's rapport with his offensive coordinator and whether the Jets have landed their future franchise signal-caller.

The New York Jets have failed to turn their season around the last two years, and their lack of offensive production was a major culprit for them finishing on the outside of the playoff picture. In Rex Ryan's first two year, Gang Green made it to two consecutive AFC Championship games and then it all came tumbling down.

The offensive coordinator carousel for the last two to three years saw a lot of changes when you go from Brian Schottenheimer, to Tony Sparano and now the big move to bring in a former member of Andy Reid's coaching staff from the Philadelphia Eagles in Marty Mornhinweg.

So far with three games of the 2013 season in the rearview and a brand new rookie quarterback in Geno Smith, it looks like Mornhinweg is getting a lot out of this offense and is transforming this into a very formidable group.

"The last ball game I was proud of the guys," admitted Mornhinweg. "This team I think we talked about before; this team's got some guts. (I'm) proud of the guys. We had some players making plays time after time and then Bilal (Powell) sure had a great game. He's breaking tackles and making guys miss. You got to trust all of your players. That's just simple. You've got to trust them all."

New York's offensive guru waxed poetic about how his group of assistants and how they have helped the players get ready for gameday.

"We've got a heck of a staff regarding position coaches," said Mornhinweg. "Mike Devlin has done just a heck of a job with that line and we rely on that line. Sanjay (Lal) has done a heck of a job with that receiving group. And they had a rough one the game before and they came back and had a heck of a game."

Mornhinweg has been instrumental in growing rookie quarterback Geno Smith to become New York's next franchise player.

"I will say this with Geno; I'm impressed a little bit more every day," noted Mornhinweg. "(He's) an impressive young man, certainly talented. He's got a lot of things to learn. Some of the things he's seeing again for the first time. He's got a lot of work to do for several years here."

It makes you think about the years the offensive coordinator had in Philadelphia when he developed game plans for top quarterbacks like Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick and he was able to mold them into star players. Now he has Geno Smith and while it's beginning to look good, maybe Mornhinweg can step back and allow the clay to mold its self.

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