BGA: Special Teams – A taste of their own medicine

Last week, Antonio Allen’s blocked punt for a touchdown turned a tight affair into a comfortable lead for the Jets and, although the Raiders pulled within 10 in the second half, that play set the foundation for their win. This week, the Jets were on the wrong end of a momentum shifting punt block, which set up a short touchdown and dug the Jets into a 10-point hole. As we’ve learned over the course of the season, the Jets are ill-equipped to battle back from such situations and so it proved, with Geno Smith’s pick six giving the Panthers – who had led by just three 10 plays earlier – a 17-point lead.

While it looked like this was Garrett McIntyre’s fault because he blocked nobody and chased Jason Williams into the backfield, Williams had actually shot the gap between Zach Sudfeld (the left guard) and long-snapper Tanner Purdum. Sudfeld blocked his man straight on, so the rusher would have been Purdum’s responsibility with no punt protector in the backfield.

I also felt that it was so obvious the kick was going to be blocked, that Ryan Quigley would have been better served in trying to avoid the rush and maybe run for it. While you might not have much chance of a first down, perhaps you can create enough room to kick the ball on the run and even if you can’t a three yard loss is better than the 13 yard loss than transpired. A little head and ball fake there and there’s no way Williams would be able to prevent Quigley from side-stepping him.

Whoever’s fault it was, it was a demoralizing blow for the fans and the players. It was visible as the Panthers pounded it in a few plays later.

Quigley had another disappointing day with a 33.0 yard net average, but Nick Folk excelled once again with field goals of 33 and 54 yards and just 49 return yards on four kickoffs.

The Jets’ return game was non-existent with the only kickoff that wasn’t a touchback being the one after Captain Munnerlyn’s excessive celebration penalty backed the Panthers up to their own 20. Antonio Cromartie returned that one 22 yards, the only 22 return yards on the day for the Jets. Kyle Wilson was back returning kicks and punts, despite the fact he’s rarely looked confident in that role. With Darius Reynaud inactive, I had thought Saalim Hakim would get his shot, but he did not feature.

In coverage Josh Bush and Ellis Lankster each made good plays, but Darrin Walls got badly burned while covering the gunner and Demario Davis had a missed tackle.

With two games to go, there’s still some things to play for with this unit. Can Nick Folk make it all the way to the end of the season (and a possible Pro Bowl selection) with just one (freak, wind-assisted) missed field goal? Also, can the Jets keep their streak alive of having at least one kickoff return for a score in every season since 2001 (when Craig Yeast was the primary return man)?


Next up…we wrap things up and start to look ahead to the last two games.

30 comments
NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

Good point about Quigley possibly faking and running it. I also thought that perhaps McIntyre could have picked it up and run instead of falling on it. Maybe pouncing on it was smarter, but it looked like if he scooped it up he could've at least made some yardage back.

metjetnet
metjetnet

(miketaliaferro) It certainly caught my eye that right after Kotwika's group got torched, his name immediately crops up in stories about the open Army coaching job... Feelers from West Point? Jumping from the Jets? Being pushed from the Jets? Where's that crack Jets beat media crowd when you need them? Off tweeting somewhere, I suppose...

McGeorge
McGeorge

Bent,

Do you think the special teams coach will be fired after the season?  If they fire Rex and bring in a new guy?

Bent
Bent

PFF grades are out, for anyone who's a subscriber.

levi
levi

The blocked punt was ridiculous. How can you let a guy go straight through untouched?


Last weeks block by Allen was a thing of beauty. I just thought I would throw that out there.

djf1
djf1

I put the blame for the punt block in the coaching staff.  you can't leave purdum there alone with critical block responsibility.   that was just dumb.

a57se
a57se

I don't get the decision to put Wilson back there on KO's.....all he did was catch the ball and take a knee. Especially after the blocked punt for a TD, why not give Hakim a chance to make a play...he is the fastest guy on our roster.


Ironic that the Jets only big play on ST's of the season is followed up by their worst one the next week.

a57se
a57se

@Bent 

MO did well and they had a really nice comment about how consistent Boss Hogg (the Blast Chiller?) has been this season.

Demario Davis had a poor grade this week.....

Bent
Bent

@levi Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

djf1
djf1

@a57se this whole season has been one step forward,

two steps back.

Bent
Bent

@a57se @Bent Where did you see the comment - they haven't posted the game review yet, have they?


This was a rare week that the Jets game went up after BGA was completed, but I'm pleased to say their grades correspond pretty closely with my analysis across the board.

levi
levi

@Bent *beerholder


Im sure Carolina fans thought this weeks was nice but Allens just was perfect.

Bent
Bent

@djf1 @a57se More like lots of little steps forward and then a massive one back.


It's like pushing a boulder up a mountain.  Lose focus and it crashes back down to earth.

a57se
a57se

@Bent@a57se 

Haha......I am beginning to think you might want to change the format of the BGA's again.

I love the expanded content and the sections but it takes up way to much space on the Blog front page and the earliest pieces are on the next page before you upload the conclusion. 

Maybe the format of the conclusion page where you provide links to all the sections might be better served up front. Then just add the links one at a time but only one slot is used on the main page?

Bent
Bent

@a57se @Bent Makes a change, I don't like to be scooped.  Today I was able to be all "Exclusive: Wilkerson played well"

a57se
a57se

@Bent@a57se 

Other then the Monday Night Game, the Jets look to be last today!

a57se
a57se

@Bent@a57se 

The game review in the blog thread went up a short time ago....
the PFF Reaction Blog

djf1
djf1

@a57se oh god, we're all stuck in a loop until jets are finally good again.

a57se
a57se

@Bent@a57se 

Ah, maybe (most likely) I am confusing that conversation with being relevant here.

Bent
Bent

@a57se Couldn't find that.  Ben Nevis and T68 did mention Sisyphus a couple of times in a different context though.

a57se
a57se

@djf1@Bent@a57se 

This is Deja vu all over again....someone immediately mentioned Sisyphus last year and another industrious person found a gif that showed a stone pushed up a hill and rolling back down.....

levi
levi

@Bent you beat me to it by seconds.

levi
levi

@djf1  Hell no!!  Im not a fan of any sexually transmitted disease.

Bent
Bent

@a57se Nah, wasn't me (although I did check the archive just in case), I just thought that up just now.  Some other sharp mind must have come up with the same analogy or maybe I said something similar.