- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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There will be two teams running a West Coast offense in the AFC East in 2013.
Last season, the Miami Dolphins made the switch with mixed results under first-year head coach Joe Philbin and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. This season, the Jets are set to hire new offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg to implement a West Coast scheme in New York, according to reports here and here.
The Jets were 30th in total offense last season under former offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. So change was necessary. But the Jets must get the right players to fit Mornhinweg's West Coast style or things could be just as ugly as last season.
Mornhinwegs' scheme is very different from the ground-and-pound philosophy the Jets have had under head coach Rex Ryan. It is a more wide open and pass-heavy offense. Right now, the Jets would be hard-pressed to throw the ball 60 percent of the time with struggling quarterback Mark Sanchez and a thin group of receivers on their roster.
Expect major changes in New York now that the team hired new general manager John Idzik. The Jets will get younger fast, but it will take time to get better.
Fixing the offense, no matter who is running it, is perhaps New York's biggest challenge.