New York Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff loves a project.
For Westhoff, there is nothing better than finding the next big thing. In the case of newly departed Wildcat/kick returner specialist Brad Smith, Westhoff has his hands full.
“That’s almost impossible,” Westhoff said of replacing Smith. “What did Denzel [Washington] say in ‘Remember the Titans?’ You can’t replace a Gary Bertier. That’s something that I will not be able to replace — the fact that he did so many different things. But that doesn’t mean we still can’t do a lot of things because we will. It will just be with different personnel.”
“My goal now is who’s next,” Westhoff said.
Who’s next may be rookie Jeremy Kerley. The former TCU WR/Kick Returner has been the star of camp so far and has gained the attention and respect of head coach Rex Ryan in the process.
But can Kerley run the Wildcat in place of Smith?