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Coordinators Corner: Gailey Says Geno Improved

DC Kacy Rodgers Notices Changes with Marty Mornhinweg Calling Ravens Offense


Sunday will mark Geno Smith's 30th career start in the NFL and his first since 2014. This will also be the first time Smith will play a complete game under offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, who helped set a franchise record in total yards last year in his first season with the Jets.

"I think he's learned a lot more football," Gailey said. "I think he understands a lot more what's happening in the game in general — what defenses are trying to do, how we need to try to beat them, what we're thinking. I think he's come a long way in that respect. I think he's a lot better."

The Ravens promoted former Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg (2013-2014) from QBs coach to OC after relieving Marc Trestman of his duties following Week 5. Defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers said the team is studying a number of Mornhinweg's offenses, dating back to his time in Philadelphia when he and Jets head coach Todd Bowles were a part of the same coaching staff.

"We noticed right away when talking with Joe Danna and starting looking at the film, on the first third down of last game, they motioned," Rodgers said. "They hadn't been doing a lot of motion and then they go right over the top. They have Breshad Perriman and Mike Wallace who are vertical guys, long guys and they go get it. They really tried to utilize them in the game and it really stood out."

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