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Jets’ special teams coach “as frustrated as I’ve ever been”

Jets coaches Ryan and Westhoff react while they played the 49ers in NFL game in East Rutherford Reuters

Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff spent the bye week feeling miserable.

Westhoff, who has been the Jets’ special teams coach since 2001 and a football coach at some level for 39 years, was so sickened by the way his special teams played against the Dolphins that he became obsessed with fixing the problems during the Jets’ week off.

That’s as frustrated as I’ve ever been in my entire career. A game like that, whoa, that was tough,” Westhoff said.

The Dolphins blocked a punt and for a touchdown, blocked a field goal, recovered an onside kick and had a 57-yard kickoff return against the Jets. Clearly, that means Westhoff needs to make some changes.

“There’s a level of flexibility I must have,” Westhoff said. “We all face it, but doing what I do I have to face it more than anyone. That’s the tough part of our business and it has become more frequent.”

The Jets’ special teams haven’t been bad this year: Nick Folk has missed just one field goal, Joe McKnight is having a good season on kickoff returns and Jeremy Kerley is having a good season on punt returns. But that game against the Dolphins was a disaster. If the Jets’ predictions about turning things around are going to come true, Westhoff’s frustration will have to translate into better special teams for the rest of the season than the Jets had against the Dolphins.

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26 Responses to “Jets’ special teams coach “as frustrated as I’ve ever been””
  1. jpb12 says: Nov 10, 2012 7:24 AM

    Special Teams coach doing media? Only the Jets.

  2. jimnaizeeum says: Nov 10, 2012 7:29 AM

    Maybe it”s time to use the old Sal Alosi approach, tripping players running down the sideline.

  3. hehateme2 says: Nov 10, 2012 7:29 AM

    Time to retire and remember the good ole’ days down in Miami.

  4. 1joecoleman says: Nov 10, 2012 7:33 AM

    Fortunately, Westoff can make adjustments and is probably the only coach with the Jets who can do what he says he intends to do

  5. skoobyfl says: Nov 10, 2012 7:47 AM

    The all Friday Hokey-Pokey game isn’t going his way either, so there’s that as well.

  6. baloneyjohn says: Nov 10, 2012 8:19 AM

    Fire ALL the coaches plus the men’s room attendant.
    Start anew.
    This circus, has too many clowns

  7. helixir1 says: Nov 10, 2012 8:19 AM

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha …

  8. rodge1 says: Nov 10, 2012 8:47 AM

    Tebow can only play one position at a time on special teams.

  9. thewizardofbs says: Nov 10, 2012 8:49 AM

    It’s a shame a good coach like Mike Westhoff had to get tangled up with a sub-standard team like the Jets. He deserves much more.

  10. thewizardofbs says: Nov 10, 2012 8:52 AM

    It’s obvious that Tyrannosaurus Rex is out at the end of the season. Who will be the head coach for the Jets next year?

  11. charltonhestonsvest says: Nov 10, 2012 9:15 AM

    Rexy will start lopping off heads to save his own. Firing Sparano will be the first step in gaining another year at the helm of the Jersey Bigtop Circus.

    I’m not a believer in Rex by any means, but the Jets have a serious lack of talent. Rex is the point man, but Woody and Tannenbaum are the root of the problem.

  12. raiderufan says: Nov 10, 2012 9:24 AM

    If the ball boy tripped on a step going to the practice field you guys would write up an article about what it means for this team. They are so average it’s crazy and yet story after story….I don’t get it.

  13. richwizl says: Nov 10, 2012 9:45 AM

    The Jets are just out of synche right now, but I think they have good players and will right the ship. I’m not saying they’ll make playoffs, but it’s not beyond hope. They almost beat my guys a couple weeks ago, if not for one dropped pass inside the red zone. This group can be made to in.

  14. clu1perceiver says: Nov 10, 2012 9:53 AM

    The new CBA is one of the reasons why ST performance is down. With the exception of punter, and kicker most of the other ST members are drawn from O and D units. To be successful, STs must be highly disciplined and coordinated, goals that require PRACTICE. When teams are required to limit practice performance suffers.

  15. nahcouldntbethat says: Nov 10, 2012 9:54 AM

    When the special teams are letting the Jets down you know something is really wrong in the organization.

    Mike Westhoff is the best unit coach the Jets have had in the 40 years I have been a fan.

  16. mazblast says: Nov 10, 2012 9:54 AM

    Another story about the Jets. Just what we all need.

  17. blackdonnelly says: Nov 10, 2012 10:41 AM

    Mike Westhoff is probably the only member of the Jets’ coaching staff with a modicum of decency and respect. I hate the Jets, but if Rexymoron ends up getting clipped at the end of the year (and hopefully bring about the end of that circus over there) Westhoff should get consideration as the next HC, but that won’t happen. Woodrow is so bummed that his horse lost Tuesday night, as a sympathy move you just might see His Royal Mittage running the Jets next year……..

    I’m serious about Westhoff. Mitt was (and still is) a feeble attempt at humor. I’m done now……

  18. pftcensorssuck says: Nov 10, 2012 11:05 AM

    blackdonnelly says:
    Mike Westhoff is probably the only member of the Jets’ coaching staff with a modicum of decency and respect.

    ———————————————————-
    Ask Nolan Carroll how much respect HE thinks Westhoff has.

    Did you all forget already? Google it.

  19. gdeli says: Nov 10, 2012 11:19 AM

    It isn’t over yet. Yikes! at least he gets paid for his pain unlike being a vikes, jets,etc. fan. ha

  20. grogansheroes says: Nov 10, 2012 11:33 AM

    The problem with Westhoff is the team is bereft of talent. You can’t make chicken soup out of chicken feathers! Unless you are Belichick.

  21. hawks1124 says: Nov 10, 2012 12:58 PM

    How much more upset will he be come monday after facing former Jet return man, Leon Washington?

  22. dlk47823 says: Nov 10, 2012 2:38 PM

    Westoff fearing Leon Washington? Loved him as a Jet, but the gut hasn’t had a big play in 5 years.

  23. cuda1234 says: Nov 10, 2012 4:22 PM

    How can they be getting punts blocked. Isn’t the Best Football Player Ever getting paid to stop that?

  24. billhicks666 says: Nov 10, 2012 4:42 PM

    raiderufan says:

    “If the ball boy tripped on a step going to the practice field you guys would write up an article about what it means for this team. They are so average it’s crazy and yet story after story….I don’t get it.”

    I think I do – it’s only because the Jets are in New York. The Giants also have story after story written about them, no matter how mundane the subject matter. Why? The New York media has the very arrogant, and in my opinion, inaccurate mindset that the rest of the country really, really wants to know EVERYTHING that’s going on with the teams in the Big Apple. There may be a grain of truth to it, but only because the media constantly churns out stories about N.Y. teams, and some people in the general public subsequently think that they therefore must be more interested in what’s going on in New York. It’s almost like a vicious cycle. What it basically comes down to is: New York arrogance, as usual.

  25. monropoobah says: Nov 10, 2012 6:52 PM

    “If the ball boy tripped on a step going to the practice field you guys would write up an article about what it means for this team. They are so average it’s crazy and yet story after story….I don’t get it.”

    and yet here you are on a jets blog. i don’t go to your teams’. what does that tell you?

  26. bdub14 says: Nov 10, 2012 10:01 PM

    This guy is the best ST coach in the history of the league. He should get a shot as a head coach….he deserves it.

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