New York Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff has decided to forgo retirement for one more season and return to the New York Jets in 2012.
Westhoff, who is regarded as one of the most innovative special teams coaches in the game, has coached 29 seasons in the NFL. Apparently he’s about ready to make that an even 30 before he calls it quits.
The 65-year-old has been the Jets’ special teams coordinator since 2001, and the Jets special teams units have been among the best in the league nearly every year of Westhoff’s tenure.
Seven different Jets have returned kickoffs for touchdowns under Westhoff’s guidance. The most recent one, by 23-year-old Joe McKnight in October of 2011, set a Jets record for the longest play in team history, 107 yards.
The Jets special teams also have six blocked punts under Westhoff, the most recent of which was also by McKnight, sparking a comeback victory back in the 2011 season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
The level of play from the Jets special teams was consistently strong, although they did have their struggles at times in 2011 with turnovers especially.
Westhoff is one of the great coaches of his generation, and he’s always managed to adjust to rule changes across different eras and consistently succeed with different players each year.
It’ll be hard to imagine an NFL season without Mike Westhoff. Luckily for the Jets, they won’t have to for one more season.