In the first move in what hopefully is a productive off season for the Jets, the front office brings in former LSU special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey to replace the recently departed Ben Kotwica. This past season was Kotwica’s first as he was replacing the retired Mike Westhoff after being his right hand man and assistant coordinator for several years.
This past season was underwhelming for New York Jets special teams, outside of the reliability of Nick Folk and a few flashes of brilliance from Ryan Quigley. The kickoff and punt returns have lacked the excitement since Westhoff’s day, and have failed to return kicks or punts for touchdowns. While Westhoff was coaching, the Jets special teams were dominant on kick and punt returns, and it was almost irrelevant who was back receiving. Despite a decline in performance of the Jets special teams, Ben Kotwica took the special teams coordinator position with the Washington Redskins.
Thomas McGaughey will hopefully bring back some of the explosiveness the Jets have lost on returns. McGaughey has a lot of experience coaching special teams as well as being an assistant to the defensive coordinator at LSU. He was a part of two championship winning teams with LSU and the New York Giants in 2008, and under his tenure he is not unfamiliar with kickoffs and punts returned for touchdowns. Unlike Kotwica, who has built his legacy under Mike Westhoff, McGaughey has his own well deserved legacy and will hopefully prove to be an upgrade.