Westhoff: Jets won't make Oakland mistake

September, 14, 2012
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Raiders' special teams nightmare on Monday won't happen to the Jets, according to Mike Westhoff.

The Raiders were stuck in a tough scenario when long snapper Jon Condo left the game in the second quarter with a head injury.

The Oakland backup, Travis Goethel, is a middle linebacker by trade.

[+] EnlargeTanner Purdum
Al Pereira/Getty ImagesThe Jets prefer that Tanner Purdum stay healthy. But if he's injured, they have backup plans.
And he struggled -- to put it mildly -- making snaps.

Goethel bounced his first snap and the Chargers were able to get to Raiders punter Shane Lechler. It set up a San Diego field goal.

Early in the fourth, Goethel rolled a snap to Lechler, and the Chargers took over at the Oakland 43. That set up another San Diego field goal.

Westhoff woke up around 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning and saw Goethel's performance.

"It kept me up the rest of the night," the Jets' longtime special teams coordinator said.

But Westhoff says the Jets will be prepared if long-snapper Tanner Purdum gets hurt. Nick Mangold and Marcus Dixon are prepared to take over.

But, as Westhoff said, it's not an easy skill to master.

"It's not like you can throw another Tanner Purdum out there," he said. "We only have one."

PETTINE ADDRESSES MISSED TACKLES: Ideally, the Jets defense will play intense and mistake-free, regardless of the score. But that wasn't the case in Week 1.

The Jets held Buffalo in check in the first half, but gave up 21 second-half points, including a TD run to C.J. Spiller in which multiple Jets missed tackles.

Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine said he addressed the issue with his defense on Monday.

"It's a good lesson for our guys that in this league, you have to maintain your focus throughout the whole game," the coordinator said.

SPARANO PRAISES SANCHEZ: What impressed offensive coordinator Tony Sparano most about Mark Sanchez's game against the Bills?

His ability to bounce back.

Sanchez was able to put an ugly turnover on the Jets' opening drive behind him immediately, leading Gang Green to a touchdown on the next drive.

"That's probably the thing I was most impressed with," Sparano said, "because it was something that I hadn't been through with him."

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