Hard-hitting special teams ace James Ihedigbo won’t be playing for the Jets this season. A person familiar with the situation told the AP that New York will not re-sign the free agent safety.
Jets special teams weapon, do-it-all receiver and Wildcat quarterback Brad Smith is ready to test free agency. “As a football player in the interest of business, you have to be able to explore and see what may be best for you,” he told Pro Football Weekly.
Mike Westhoff doesn’t expect the Jets to pick him a special teams superstar at No. 30 in next month’s NFL Draft. If the Jets’ plan is to fill a need elsewhere, he’s fine with it.
Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff said Brad Smith “absolutely” will return kicks Sunday night — barring a setback — after missing the game against the Patriots with a strained groin.
The New York Jets are appealing the $100,000 fine issued by the NFL last week for violating league rules when assistant coach Sal Alosi ordered players to form a sideline wall, then tripped Miami’s Nolan Carroll during a punt return last month.
The Jets were fined Thursday because Alosi placed players in a prohibited area on the sideline to impede opposing team’s special teams players and gain a competitive advantage.
Another loss and maybe the legend of the “Same Old Jets” would have continued. But after back-to-back losses that sent them reeling, New York came up big in Sunday’s 22-17 win over the Steelers.
The NFL sent a letter to the 32 teams Thursday reminding them of the rules and restrictions for the bench area and sidelines. The letter was sent in the wake of Jets coach Sal Alosi tripping Miami’s Nolan Carroll in Sunday’s game.
While the Knicks-Celtics rivalry appears to be on the verge of resurrection, LeBron James and the Miami Heat meander in to NYC to take on Amar’e and the Knickerbockers Friday night.
The Jets have suspended Sal Alosi indefinitely for ordering Jets personnel to line up on the sideline – in order to prevent Miami Dolphins punt returner Nolan Carroll from running out of bounds.
Mike Westhoff wants no more surprises — unless he calls for them himself. “If you don’t get an OK, you don’t run it,” said Westhoff.
Rex Ryan was still frustrated 24 hours later, and so were plenty of his players. “Inexcusable,” wide receiver Santonio Holmes said. “Everything that happened was inexcusable.”
What a disgusting, heart-wrenching performance by the Jets. How could this team – check that – any team put up such a pathetic offensive display as we saw on Sunday?
Nick Folk nearly booted himself back to the unemployment line with each unpredictable kick.
It’s a warning teams across the NFL repeatedly refuse to heed: when in doubt, do not, under any circumstances, kick the ball to Brad Smith. Yet, time and again, Smith somehow gets his hands on the pigskin and something game-changing goes down.
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