Jets Kicker Mike Nugent will try to be more consistent as he enters his sophmore season in the NFL. (Jets Insider.com Photo)
JI: What role do you see yourself in next season?
NUGENT: “I see myself in the same kind of role. I want to do a better job on field goals and I know I can definitely improve on my distance on kickoffs. I’m used to the changes from college to the pro game now and can do a better job.”
JI: Coach Westhoff said he has arranged for you to consult with Dolphins kicker Olindo Mare. Are you going to do that this off-season?
NUGENT: “I’ve only talked with him on the field. I plan to get a hold of him. He’s probably one of the best kickers and field goals as well. Any advice I can use to my advantage I will to get ready for next year.”
JI: What are you going to work on in the off-season?
NUGENT: “I want to get stronger as a kicker. I want to keep my flexibility and mentally. I want to kick as much as I can.”
JI: Have there been any particular teammates that have helped your development?
NUGENT: “Everyone has been so supportive. Ben Graham has given me advice. It’s great to get advice from a guy like that since even though he’s a rookie as well he has played professionally before for 12 years. He’s able to talk about the pressure and tell stories and things like that.”
JI: What has the coaching of Mike Westhoff been like?
NUGENT: “He’s been able to tell me his past experiences since he’s worked with so many kickers and punters and really help me.”
JI: In your opinion, what are the keys to getting this team back to being a winner?
NUGENT “A lot of hard work. We need to work hard together. I want to be more with my teammates in the off-season and have that camaraderie.
JI: Do you have any particular non football related off-season plans?
NUGENT: “I’ll be going back to Ohio State. I still have a year to go to get my degree. So I’m going to go to school January, February and March. Three months of classes. I’m a business major.”
JI: Can you tell Jets fans what Mike Nugent likes to do when he’s not kicking a football?
NUGENT: “I enjoy golfing and hanging out with my family. I’ll actually be living with my brother at Ohio State. He’s a senior there. I like spending time with my friends and family when I’m off the field.”