Ben Kotwica interviews with the Redskins

The Daily News has learned that Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica interviewed with the Redskins Tuesday to be a part of Jay Gruden’s staff.

Kotwica is one of at least a half-dozen Jets’ assistants who are not under contract for the 2014 season. A league source told the News that the Jets have offered Kotwica a contract. The assistants without deals for 2014 are free to test the waters and explore opportunities with other teams.

Kotwica interviewed for the Army head coaching job late in the regular season, but wasn’t offered the position at his alma mater.

The Jets are currently negotiating a contract extension for Rex Ryan, who is signed through 2014, but no new deal has been finalized.




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djf1
djf1

I don't think anyone can make an argument that he was better than replacement level for a ST coach.  So this does not really concern me.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

Westy said on ESPN radio that the Jets STs was lacking in talent. That being said, Kotwica being in his first season as STs coach, did a solid job. The Jets barely ranked under mid pack which is not bad considering the above. Kotwica is a diciple of Westy, so he is familiar with schemes and personnel. I hope for continuity that he stays. A few solid special team players added to the mix and all will be good.

kniff
kniff

Westoff indeed notes we lack true talent/depth on ST...unfortunately we have such glaring needs on Offense that I don't know to what degree we can remedy this situation...


What is the health and contract status with Cribbs right now?

bradysucks
bradysucks

Ben Kotwica may go to the Redskins.....


So? Who cares. 


Dan Snyder will fire him just like every other coach and the Skins will always lose. Thank goodness Snyder doesn't own the Jets. Woody ain't perfect but he's a much better owner than Snyder....


We should ship Sanchez, Hill, and Vlad to the Skins also in exchange for a bologna sandwich.....which is all they are worth 

Brian Miros
Brian Miros

Interesting tidbit but not a revelation that we did not know.  Mike Westoff talked about the special teams play this year on the SNY post game show and the job that Kotwica did  after taking over for him this year.  Again, it came back to the lack of talent/depth on special teams and that he needed players.  Writing is on the wall, first year ST coordinator interviewed with Army and now Redskins?  We will have a new ST coach.

bob
bob

How can you offer Ben Kotwica a job and not his assistants. how could he save face with his staff. That's not really a good deal by the Jets. Maybe the Jets have some one else in mined.

Iain Bartholomew
Iain Bartholomew

I think people underrate the job Kotwica did this year. Our return units were turnover machines in 2011 & 2012, but we didn't lose the ball on specials once this year.

The blocked punt in Carolina sucks, but seemed to be an isolated error by Sudfeld.

2 yards here and there on returns aren't worth the fumbles. Not to mention that he worked with Folk to find a routine that worked all year long.

He absolutely should be back in 2014.

metjetnet
metjetnet

Right after the last Jets loss, which included brutal ST play, I saw a report that Kotw was looking to interview. Still can't tell if he's thinking of jumping or is preparing for being cut, but I seriously doubt he'll be running NYJ ST in '14.

Bent
Bent moderator

@kniff Cribbs is out of contract, but it was only a shoulder injury so I'd imagine he will be healthy by next season.

harold
harold

@bradysucks


Last I checked Vlad was a F/A, Sanchez is getting cut and Stephen Hill is a 22 year old going into his third year.  He hasn't blown us away yet but he is the same age as many rookies coming into the league.  Funny how Jets fans dismiss the first 6 games when Hill played ok.  He was banged up and played injured when we had a banged up WR unit.  But instead of giving the kid a break you guys pile on. 


Jets fans once bitten twice shy.  Many of the same fans thought Milliner was a bust after 8 games.  After 16 he was rookie of the month for the last month and the highest rated CB in the NFL over the last month of the season.

a57se
a57se

@Brian Miros 

It always comes down to the pieces unless it is bad coaching..........

Bent
Bent moderator

@Iain Bartholomew The special teams coverage units were awful this year.  I get that this was personnel based, but nobody made any excuses for the likes of Brian Schottenheimer when he had to deal with lousy personnel.  Maybe Kotwica should have done a better job of coaching up his personnel.

a57se
a57se

@Iain Bartholomew 

Yeah, not putting anyone back to field punts is one way to stop that problem! Brilliant solution!

a57se
a57se

@metjetnet 

The jets special teams would of had trouble competing against College Special Teams.  The coaching was part of the problem.

bradysucks
bradysucks

Milner and Geno showed more improvement in one year than the other 3 guys I named combined.....

I'd rather give away their roster spots to guys who can actually play and don't take a decade to MAYBE develop.

a57se
a57se

@harold@bradysucks 

We just want the Jets to be a good team, you know, one where they don't force rookies who aren't ready into the lineup because they don't have anyone else worth playing.........

Iain Bartholomew
Iain Bartholomew

@Bent I appreciate that I'm not setting a particularly high bar here, but after the Kevin O'Dea disaster and the recent turnover issues I was just happy to have Special Teams units that didn't kill us.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@Bent @Iain Bartholomew I don't feel like you can compare a ST unit,talent wise to any other unit. With ST you have to be great at your job regardless of talent being there usually isn't much talent on a ST unit.

Bent
Bent moderator

@johnnyl65 @Bent @Iain Bartholomew Not impressed by Jarrett or Trufant this year tbh, but I do agree injuries were a major factor, this year and last year.

johnnyl65
johnnyl65

@Bent @johnnyl65 @Iain Bartholomew Jarrett and truffant have also been solid in ST. You increase talent on ST by improving depth overall  which I feel we have already begun to see improvement in those areas. This year ST had blows to it due to injury,you can't overcome that.

Bent
Bent moderator

@johnnyl65 @Bent @Iain Bartholomew I agree to some extent, but every ST unit needs a couple of specialists and while the Jets have the excellent Bellore and Lankster (both of whom are out of contract), there isn't much beyond that in comparison to previous years.

Bent
Bent moderator

@jake100 @johnnyl65 @a57se @metjetnet Eric Smith's special teams contributions were on a big time decline anyway, but most of the others could be seen as key losses.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@johnnyl65 @jake100 @a57se @metjetnet  



Over the last few years the Jets lost a lot of good solid ST players that even caught up with Westy in his last year in 2012, like Marquice Cole, Jim Leonhard, the hard hitting Eric Smith, Mckinight, Brad Smith, Inhedigbo, Westerman, and I am sure there are others that I just  cant think of. I have to agree with Westy, that the talent level had eroded. I just heard him say last week, it is a lack of talent that was depleted over the last few years and it has caught up with the team. I would think he would know a little bit about this area, so I have to agree with him on this.

UncleJoesJetFarm
UncleJoesJetFarm

@johnnyl65 @jake100 @a57se @metjetnet 

And being fearless and a solid tackler, so there are obviously some other attributes that cant be taught other than blood and guts. Agree to a certain degree, but the very good st players are a special breed and we have lost many of those types over the years, not to mention the art of returning with speed and natural moves and vision.