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Mike Westhoff May Want Change at Kicker

By Alan Schechter

Sep 25, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; New York Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff during the game against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Jets 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Yesterday, I speculated as to whether or not the Jets have lost confidence in Nick Folk. It turns out that may in fact be the case, if you talk to special teams coach Mike Westhoff.

Westhoff told the Daily News that he expects a competition between Folk and Brown that is at least as strong as the competition between Folk and Nick Novak last year. He also wouldn’t commit to Folk having the inside track as he has in the past.”This year, I don’t think I’m going to delve into whether that is the case or  not the case,” Westhoff said of Folk having the inside track. “I want to create  the most competitive atmosphere that I possibly can. Josh Brown is the best  candidate to do that with. We want to have a viable battle here to see who’s  going to win our job and to get the best possible guy that we can put on the  field.”

Coach Westhoff was disappointed that the Jets didn’t choose a kicker in the draft, as there were guys he would have liked, and they weren’t chosen, much to his “consternation”.

He feels that Josh Brown is the best candidate to compete for the job, despite coming off a down season in 2011.”Sometimes you just go through some ups and downs,” Westhoff said. “He had a lot  of really good years. He fell off a little. I spent a lot of time talking to him  about it. I have a very good handle on some of the things that took place and  why he wasn’t as efficient as he had been. Just issues… a culmination of things.  I feel very confident that that’s not a big deal at all.”

Westhoff also advised that a punter will be brought in to compete with TJ Conley.

Seems if changes are a comin’ on the Jets special teams.  I guess I wasn’t far off thinking that the confidence in Folk has gone down.