Kotwica the new special teams coach in Washington

Ben Kotwica is the new special teams coach in Washington (Marvez).

It was reported that he was interviewing for that position on Tuesday.

UPDATE 3:29PM: The Redskins have confirmed this report, via WaPo.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

The blocked punt in the Panthers game which Kotwica’s poor scheming literally opened the door for didn’t do the first year coordinator any favors.

Kotwica was an assistant for Westhoff dating back to Mangini, so the fact that the Jets would allow the heir apparent on special teams to walk out the door after one year as the coordinator seems a bit odd.  It wasn’t as if the Jets gave Kotwica a ton of talent to work with either in his first year as coordinator.

Even so, for anyone who has attended a practice and listened to Kotwica, his coaching style is … shall we say … abrasive.  We’re not so sure many of his teamers will shed many tears should he leave.  Westhoff could get away with being a surly crank because he had earned it, Kotwica just seemed to steal from the Eric Mangini Big Book of Disingenuous Coach Impersonations and we can’t imagine it came off well.

Paging Dr. Westhoff … paging Dr. Michael Westhoff …




43 comments
Brendan
Brendan

Can I give it a go? Judging by the play by the STs units, no real STs knowledge is required. 

SackDance99
SackDance99

Can't say that I'm sorry to see him go.  Plus, he wasn't really a Rex guy; he sort of inherited the job once Westhoff left.

1969JAN12th
1969JAN12th

Watching Westhoff on SNY (post game show) he looked like a "fish out of water"....could he be the special teams coach-Part Deux ?

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

Just hope that the Jets didn't want him back and it's not because Idzik moves slower than dirt. After all, we have some good coaches like MM and Dunbar that we want to keep and there's no word on them.


Moving fast and decisive to get what you want is great; moving slow and deliberate and still get what you want is okay, but moving slow and indecisive and having to settle for what is left is awful. So which strategy does Idzik follow?

Beamen321
Beamen321

Hopefully Westy decides he still wants to coach. Kotwica was good for the FG kicking game as it seemed like Folk didn't hit the wall towards the end of the year as he did in years past. But in my opinion, the rest of the ST took a major step backwards esp the KO return game. If Westy doesn't come back, I can see them trying to hire someone from Seattle who's ST just had a historic season.

Fartrell Cluggins
Fartrell Cluggins

Not that I'm devastated to see Kotwica go, but this is the kind of thing you can expect when ownership won't commit to a HC beyond one year. The assistants are going to take opportunities for other jobs -- even if it's a lateral move -- with more security.

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

Mneh. Good. I wanted him gone. I was pretty appalled with our ST this year.

Bent
Bent moderator

"Rexodus II - The Staffening"

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Good I hope he gets he job and does well.

Rex's coaching tree will grow even more.

RockyMountainJet
RockyMountainJet

@jake100 

Wow, like Manish ever tells the truth. His goal is to generate stories so people click links to the Daily News. Don't you know that? He isn't a reporter, he is a yellow journalist. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 That's funny, considering IDZIK AND WOODY TOLD REX BEFORE THE MIAMI GAME THAT HE'D BE BACK. 

a57se
a57se

@frustjetfn 

Did you see the tweet about the Jets Rep literally taking notes on the size of the players asses on the sidelines during practice?

One of Idziks' new scouts?

a57se
a57se

@frustjetfn 

I share your concerns about Idzik's apparent lack of urgency.

a57se
a57se

@Beamen321 

Westy was over working FOlk the last few seasons and Folk brought the team reports from other teams on how much work they gave their kickers. westy had Folk kicking over 100 balls a weeks while the reports Folk had showed other teams around 65 balls a week. The Jets changed his schedule and he didn't fade down the stretch run.

a57se
a57se

@Marcus Armstrong 

Well he didn't take many chances like Westy would but when he did (the extra gunner) he didn't have sense enough to mix things up.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@Bent I thought the Staffening happened in Tampa earlier this yr.

Bent
Bent moderator

@DrJonathanReefer From what I hear he's very much an outside bet for this job.  The top candidates are all still in the playoffs.

SackDance99
SackDance99

@jake100@SackDance99Their homework?  He was Westy's assistant forever.  But, you never know when the heir apparent ends up being a dud.  IMO, because he was Westy's guy and had been with the Jets organization for so long, out of a sense of loyalty, the Jets/Rex gave him a shot.  It didn't work out too well.  My point was that he wasn't a Rex guy.  Rex, whether by choice or because Tanny demanded it, kept Westhoff.  Westhoff already had Kotwicka as his assistant.


Rex was smart to keep Westhoff, but that doesn't change the fact that Westhoff and his staff weren't Rex's guys.

Joe/Orlando
Joe/Orlando

@jake100 Do you have something that indicates Schottenheimer was fired by the Jets?  I've only ever seen it reported that he resigned.

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 What does that have with the owner and GM telling Rex before the game that he was being retained for 2014?

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 Back to your old tricks. 


The final game did not determine Rex's future. Fact. Deal with it, and move on. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 He's the head coach, and we don't even know what his extension was, or if it's even been finalized. 

a57se
a57se

@jake100 

What are you talking about? Who was reading your tweets??

davem
davem

On a comparative basis, he's doing a lil better. But that's not saying much

djf1
djf1

@davem not hijacking every thread? 

he sure tries.

Bent
Bent moderator

@jake100 @rkymtnjet You don't think bent saw you online that one time boasting about how easy it was to change your IP address?  Get real dude!

RockyMountainJet
RockyMountainJet

@jake100 @Bent 


So you log in as Pat d and like your comments as jake100, then log in as jake100 and like the comments of Pat d. 


What do you get out of this?

Pat d
Pat d

So Joey is doing well now because he is on the Geno band wagon.

davem
davem

The bad thing is, by Joey standards, he's been doing amazingly well as of late... Sometimes actually making coherent posts and not completely hijacking every thread.

Oh, and he's not gonna respond to you, because he never seems to respond to people that question his motives or point out his hypocrisies

RockyMountainJet
RockyMountainJet

@a57se @Bent @rkymtnjet @jake100 


Oh I have seen his comment chains where he basically just talks to himself. Its spammy and cluttering, not to mention annoying for all other users. I'm wondering if he was going to respond so I can understand why he does this childish act.

a57se
a57se

@Bent@rkymtnjet@jake100 

How many is he currently using? Doesn't seem to be more than one right now......

Did you see that tweet about the Jets rep?

a57se
a57se

@rkymtnjet@jake100 

Welcome to joeyboys' world.....he has actually had much longer conversations with himself on this Blog where he basically said the same thing over and over..