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New Jets Offensive Coordinator John Morton Has More Experience Than You Think

NFL: New Orleans Saints at Arizona Cardinals Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Albert Breer of MMQB penned a piece that discussed many topics. One of them is the new offensive coordinator of the Jets, John Morton. There has been much talk of Morton’s inexperience running an offense. While Morton is hardly a seasoned veteran, Breer indicates he does have a little bit more than people realize.

He’s got a lot of work to do. Coach Todd Bowles liked Morton’s energy and football know-how as he made the decision to pick the Saints receivers coach over ex-Houston coordinator George Godsey (Detroit’s Brian Callahan and Oakland’s Todd Downing are two names they’d earlier pursued). And Morton has more experience than his on-paper résumé shows. He was Pete Carroll’s coordinator at USC before becoming receivers coach for Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco. There, with the Niners, Morton became a de facto pass-game coordinator over his four years and, by the end, became involved in calling pass plays.

The Niners weren’t exactly a passing juggernaut in those years. Their offensive identity was a smashmouth run game. I’m sure we will talk about it plenty as the offseason progresses, but I did like a lot of the things they did to work around limited quarterbacks, though.

I don’t think there’s really enough here to change your mind if you don’t like it or to make you love this hire a whole lot more if you were already positive on it, but this is interesting to hear.