Rex Ryan on Special Teams Woes

October 21, 2012; Foxboro, MA USA; New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan during the third quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-US PRESSWIRE

The first half of the season was marred by a great deal of inconsistency from the New York Jets, from the top down. Most puzzling, however, has been the recent problems with the special teams unit. Mike Westhoff’s groups are typically a model of consistencey, so their recent woes have been hard to understand. Coach Ryan talked about it yesterday:

No, I think you’re exactly right. We’ve had two kicks blocked. The one kick they called a penalty on, but we had actually two kicks blocked, two punts blocked and a return for a touchdown. That’s far and few between. The four years I’ve been here, that very rarely happens. Obviously, it happened once Miami returned two for touchdowns once against us. That’s one of the things that is really odd, because I know the pride we take in that unit. You make a mistake on special teams and it ends up costing you. You can’t turn a guy loose right in the middle of your protection and not expect it to get blocked. Obviously, that was a huge momentum thing in the game. It was a great call on their part. You’re trying to get back and we actually thought we had a chance to get the football and they executed that thing well. They had some huge plays in the game that kind of just set the tone for it. Before you know it, we were behind 17-0. Sometimes you can be behind 17-0 and teams are going up and down the field offensively on you, and that wasn’t really the case.

Just one of the many things that the Jets need to work out over the bye week, if they are going to have any chance of recovering the 2012 season.

Topics: New York Jets, Special Teams

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