Thursday, January 30, 2014

Westhoff down on direction of special teams in NFL


Special teams is trending in a not-so-special direction in the NFL, and one of the best coaches in the history of the game in that department isn't quite thrilled about it.

Former New York Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff considered coming out of retirement to re-claim his post with Gang Green, but after a bit of mulling, he decided he's "done."

"With the way the league is going with special teams, it just doesn’t interest me anymore to coach them," Westhoff told Brian Costello of The NY Post Tuesday.

Westhoff told the Post that he'd serve in a consulting role for the Jets in the offseason and has recommended potential candidates to replace the departed Ben Kotwica.

The 66-year-old Westhoff, who spent 11 years with the Jets, is clearly against any more reform of the kicking and returning game, which seems inevitable in the next few years and could render his former position much less meaningful.

The extra point and kickoff are expected to be topics of discussion in league meetings this March.

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