[B]Westhoff says Jets will have kicking battle[/B]
Posted by Mike Florio on May 10, 2012, 7:18 AM EDT
Last year, Nick Folk had to beat out Nick Novak to become the Jets’ kicker. This year, Folk will have to fend off Josh Brown. If Folk can.
Special-teams coordinator Mike Westhoff tells Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News that the team will have an open competition — even more open than last year’s battle of the Nicks.
“I want to create the most competitive atmosphere that I possibly can,” Westhoff said, declining to say that Folk has the inside track. “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.”
Westhoff said he had hoped that a new contender would have come from the college ranks. “I thought it could have happened in the draft,” Westhoff said. “There were a couple of guys I liked . . . one in particular. We just weren’t able to do it. It didn’t happen . . . [much to] my consternation.”
Per Mehta, it’s believed that Westhoff wanted Blair Walsh, who was taken by the Vikings in round six.
Folk isn’t the only foot-using Jet who’ll have to earn a roster spot in 2012. Westhoff said the team will bring in a punter to challenge T.J. Conley.
This is just more proof to the degree that Mike Westoff gets it. He knows it's about the cream rising to the top no matter what. He knows you never give anyone a free pass. He brings in competition each and every year because he wants to keep his starters honest. He knows that competition brings out the best in everyone - including himself.
Perhaps, Westoff could make the Jets team better overall if he suggested the same path of attack to Rex Ryan? Get Rex to ALWAYS bring a savvy FA QB to push Sanchez to the point of Superstar or Ryan Leaf failure? Lets see how the kid can handle the pressure. If he cannot handle the pressure then he shouldn't be in NY to begin with. But, if Sanchez rises above it all and plays great? Then, the Jets their superstar QB.
How could that possibly be viewed as a bad thing????
[QUOTE=GuidoYaztremski;4464747]Can't do that when the HC has already annointed rookies who have yet to play a down as starters for this coming season.[/QUOTE]
It's ridiculous how much mileage one misconstrued statement can get. Rex Ryan, when asked, said he "expects" those rookies to start. And why shouldn't he? He had input in who the Jets drafted..... you don't draft someone that high, expecting them to sit on the bench. There are also multiple ways for someone to start..... special teams, sub packages, etc. If the Jets start a game in nickel or dime, a pass rushing d-lineman is needed.
[QUOTE=JetPotato;4464792]Neither does comparing kicking in San Diego to kicking in the Meadowlands.[/QUOTE]Novak was more accurate on the road and his significantly higher TB% would indicate a stronger leg. I guess you can continue to speculate though.