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

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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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……

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. “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?

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