Ben Kotwica on New York Jets’ Automatic Nick Folk

By Alan Schechter

Oct 7, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets place kicker Nick Folk (2) celebrates the game winning field goal kick in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Jets won 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

During his tenure with the New York Jets, a lot of teams have felt the wrath of Nick Folk, both during the regular season and the post season, with the latest victim being the Atlanta Falcons. As good as any kicker in the sport, Nick Folk has shown that he has “ice” in his veins, making any big kick he has ever been asked to make. In 2013, he has been perfect.

Special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica talked about why his kicker is so good in clutch situations:

Yeah, if there’s a part in (the) DNA, I think he’s got it. You’re talking about those late kicks. We had the opening day there against Dallas. He had the one against Miami last year, obviously Tampa and Atlanta this year. There’s a poise and a confidence about him when he carries himself that I think guys respect and they see. He’s been able to get it done. It’s kind of like that golfer that knocks in the putts, whoever that may be, Tiger Woods or whatever. When you’ve got to make the couple foot putt, he knocks it in. So, he’s done a great job of doing that.

Ben went on to talk about how having competition for Folk in training camp has added to his “resolve”, and steely nerves when the game is on the line.

Whatever they have done, it certainly has worked. Nick Folk could stand up with any kicker in the sport with his ability to make a kick with the game on the line.

Teams continue to get “Folked” up, as the case may be. I’ll take it.