OWINGS MILLS – You could say Ravens quarterback coach Marty Morhinweg has landed on his feet.
Last year, Mornhinweg was the Jets offensive coordinator, suffering through a dismal season with struggling quarterback Geno Smith. The Jets had another bizarre day Tuesday, absorbing the news that Smith had suffered a broken jaw while being sucker punched by linebacker IK Enemkpali.
While the Jets were dealing with Smith’s latest career setback, Mornhinweg was waxing poetic about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Understandable. Which quarterback would you rather work with, Flacco or Smith? While Mornhinweg did not compare the two, it was obvious he has been impressed with Flacco.
“Joe has had an excellent camp,” Mornhinweg said. “He’s really got some strengths and very few weaknesses.”
People talk about Flacco’s arm strength, but his ability to put touch on the football is not mentioned as often. Mornhinweg said Flacco makes any throw asked of him, and moves better than advertised.
“When he was coming out of Delaware, he was a big guy with a big arm, and I remember putting on my evaluation, “Very deceptive athletic ability,’’’ Mornhinweg said. “That surprised me once I turned the film on, and then (he) certainly has the instincts.
“This arm, that’s a special quality. There’s only a select few that can do that, that just have that strength. He’ll make a very difficult throw, a throw that some people would never even attempt in this league, and he’ll make it look easy. It’s really a special type of arm there, yes.”
The debate about Flacco’s ranking among NFL quarterbacks never seems to end.
However, nobody has to tell Mornhinweg he’s lucky to be coaching Flacco.