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Saturday, October 5, 2013
The Mornhin After: Focusing on three areas

By Jane McManus

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg revealed on Friday that the Jets' offense had a meeting after last weekend's loss to Tennessee and keyed in three areas where the team needs to improve: turnovers, penalties and sacks.

"We had a little 'put it on the table' meeting when the players got back in," Mornhinweg said. "And these things have to change for us to be any good at all and to get to where we want to be and to be a good offensive football team."

Later he joked that he hoped no one had taped the meeting, but added that he thinks players got the message. Mornhinweg was clear that the responsibility for fixing those problems rested with him.

Simms vs. Quinn: Quarterback Brady Quinn was brought in but has yet to be active for a game, and Mornhinweg was asked if Quinn could replace inexperienced Matt Simms at the No. 2 spot. Mornhinweg shut down that line of questioning.

"That’s been well thought out, all those things," Mornhinweg said. "Matt has earned this thing. Matt has a lot of respect and confidence from his teammates and from the staff. He’s sort of earned that now."

Who are you? After four games teams usually have a sense of where they are heading and what their identity is, but between a rookie quarterback in Geno Smith and an offense that’s been reshuffled because of injuries, the Jets aren’t there yet.

"Now we’re a quarter of the way through the season, usually at a quarter of the way through, it might take another game or two, you sort of know where you’re at," Mornhinweg said. "I’m not sure we do yet."

Private screening: The coordinator was asked if he had trouble with screen plays against the Titans.

“Yes, [I] may never call another screen for the rest of my career,” Mornhinweg said.

We will see if he holds to that when the Jets head to Atlanta for their game Monday night.