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Marty Mornhinweg says he and rest of Jets offense needs to get better in a hurry

  • Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) and strong safety George Iloka (43) break up a pass intended for New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (87) in the end zone in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)

    Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict (55) and strong safety George Iloka (43) break up a pass intended for New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland (87) in the end zone in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/David Kohl)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith walks off the field in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)

    New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith walks off the field in the second half of an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Tom Uhlman)  (The Associated Press)

Marty Mornhinweg insists the New York Jets' offense needs to get better, and it all begins with him in his role as coordinator.

Rookie quarterback Geno Smith and the Jets have been up and down through the first eight games, a consistent inconsistency that has led to a 4-4 record. The Jets have the 17th-ranked overall offense, which includes being the No. 13 rushing team and 22nd passing.

Mornhinweg says Thursday that New York needs to "take some steps forward this week," a tough task considering the Jets take on one of the NFL's toughest defenses in the New Orleans Saints.

Smith has eight touchdowns and 13 interceptions, but Mornhinweg says he has been mostly impressed by the quarterback despite the mistakes.

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