News this morning is that Mike Westhoff, the special teams coach, will remain with the Jets for the next season. Westhoff was expected to retire at the end of this past season, however he has said that he would like to coach for one more year. The Jets expect him to retire at the end of the upcoming season. It is likely that longtime assistant Ben Kotwica will eventually take over.
This is very good news. Westhoff is one of the premier special teams coaches, and despite a case of fumblitis by some of our players this year, our special teams unit has remained near the top. Time after time, Westhoff has been able to plug in returners such as Leon Washington, Brad Smith, and Joe McKnight, and churn out the top returners in the league. Perhaps Westhoff's greatest failure was his inability to get along with now-Giants punter Steve Weatherford. Despite that, I think it's a great thing that we will have some continuity in this year of significant change.
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