BGA: Special Teams – Block that kick

The Jets’ special teams units have come under fire in recent weeks, where they’ve been giving up a ton of yardage on the coverage units. However, this week, it was the special teams unit which arguably came up with the biggest play of the game.

Antonio Allen’s punt block and recovery in the end zone transformed a pretty tight game into a comfortable half time lead for the Jets, and it came on a well designed play where Ellis Lankster rushed across the face of the long snapper and drew the punt protector out of the middle, so that Allen had a clean path to the punter.

While Garrett McIntyre’s return to the lineup helped, the coverage units benefited from two things. First of all, the Jets only had to punt twice, and when they did, one went through the end zone and the other was a beauty by Ryan Quigley that bounced out of bounds at the two. Secondly, Nick Folk was hanging his kicks up short all day, and that seemed to help the coverage units get down there quicker. They still missed six tackles, including two by Allen, but limited the damage with some good gang tackling and solid plays by the likes of Kyle Wilson, Isaiah Trufant and Nick Bellore.

Bellore also recovered an onside kick to preserve the win, although it’s well worth noting that there should have been a penalty on the Raiders because David Nelson was in perfect position to catch the ball and he got knocked over by Jack Crawford before the ball had traveled 10 yards.

On field goals, Nick Folk was flawless again, making three kicks, including a 51-yarder.

In the return game, Darius Reynaud was okay, but did bobble his first kickoff, preventing him from getting a chance to run it back. One other kickoff was fielded by Alex Green who juked a defender and looked set to make a long gain, but then slipped.

While there was no punt return yardage this week, we shouldn’t forget that this has been an area where they need to improve. McIntyre should help this, but it’s obvious that the cat is out of the bag in terms of Lankster being the biggest threat on that unit, because the Dolphins reportedly admitted that stopping him was their number one priority last week. Much like with Muhammad Wilkerson, if they’re dedicating extra resources towards slowing him down, then someone else needs to step up.


Next up…we wrap things up and look ahead to next week.

7 comments
a57se
a57se

I know you don't mean anything by it but I HATE that saying that it is time for others to step up.

They should be stepping up EVERY FRICKIN' GAME!

It should not of taken Revis going down last season for Cro to step up his game. It shouldn't take Lankster getting prioritized for other players to step up their games.......just like it shouldn't of taken jim Leonhard getting hurt a couple years ago for Brodney Poole to finally learn the damn defense.

a57se
a57se

I thought it was foolish to attempt that 51 yard FG in those conditions. The Jets had a 10 point lead and if Folk missed, it would give Oakland excellent field position at their own 41. Fortunately Folk made it with a yard or two to spare. Did you think it was a risky call given the conditions?

Bent
Bent

@a57se I mean it literally this time.  If Lankster is being double teamed, the second wave HAS TO get there quicker.  It didn't matter yesterday, but bears repeating.

Brendan
Brendan

You're calling Rex out on something that worked?

ryan5757
ryan5757

@Brendan I am a big Rex Ryan fan and hope he remains as the head coach but I agree with a57se. You can make the wrong decision and have a good outcome just like you can make the right decision and have a bad outcome. I don't think increasing the lead from 10 to 13 was worth trying a 51 yard field goal.  Although I am very glad that it worked out. 

a57se
a57se

No. I made that call in real time. I am glad it worked, I just didn't think it was a good decision based on the score and conditions of the game.

I don't see why you have a problem with that.......




a57se
a57se

Yeah, well according to Brendan I am the one being difficult and making him not want to respond to me.......