It’s not every day you hear someone state that they’re “cool” with another person questioning how they do their job, but that’s just how the Jets’ offensive coordinator played it on Thursday when referencing a recent outcry against him.
“I’m cool with that,” Morton stated to the media on Thursday regarding recent strings of questionable play calling. “I don’t have a problem with that at all.”
The reported tension comes after Jets’ running back Matt Forte exploited the team’s questionable play calling in the Week 8 loss to Atlanta. Forte had only four carries for seven yards in that game.
Morton “strayed from the game plan,” Forte said after the Jets heartbreaking loss at MetLife. “I thought we were going to grind them out on the ground like that, but it ended up not turning out that way.”
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On Friday, it was reported that Forte and others voiced their opinions to the Jets’ coaching staff with major disagreement about how play calling was handled in the loss.
The Jets’ next game against Buffalo in prime time was a different story however, as Forte saw 14 carries for 77 yards and two scores. The Jets nearly amassed 200 rushing yards between their committee of three running backs.
But Morton doesn’t believe the team’s sudden change of pace came from the recent outcry against him.
“I’m going to do whatever is working and (the run game) was working.”
Morton, however, did acknowledge that he took the time to listen to his players and hear them out, something that he states he has always done.
“I listen to everybody,” he said. “I listen to all the coaches (and) any players. I’m listening.” Morton also mentioned that he’d be “stupid” not to listen.
Luckily for the Jets, the controversy was handled quickly, and was resolved in the nick of time. The Jets played lights out against Buffalo in what was a crucial game to save their season.
“At the end of the day, all we want to do is win,” Morton said. On the future of the Jets’ playing calling, Morton reiterated, “as long as it helps us win games, we’ll do it.”