Ben Kotwica to Interview for Army Head Coaching Job

The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica will interview for Army's open head coach vacancy.

Kotwica is a West Point grad. He played under former Jets assistant Bob Sutton when Sutton was the head coach there in the 1990's.

The results have been mixed. Nick Folk is having a career year. The Jets have made some big plays, including two blocked punts, and their kickoff coverage has been good.

On the negative side, the return game has taken a step back. Sure, Joe McKnight got cut, but Mike Westhoff had built a kickoff return version of the Shanahan/Kubiak Broncos. Stick any athletic guy back there, and the blocking would be good enough to get results. Punt coverage hasn't been very good. Possibly contributing has been the inability to figure out the punter position. There have also been some puzzling strategic moves such as the no punt return man strategy in Foxborough. Plus there was the blocked punt last week that contributed as much as anything to a season-ending loss.

Of course it is difficult to pinpoint exactly how much of any of this is the result of coaching aside from the kickoff return thing. Either way, Kotwica seems like he might be a little green to get a job like this.

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