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Thursday, October 28, 2010
Westhoff fires back at Denver coach

By Ian Begley

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - New York Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff took responsibility for the Jets allowing the Broncos to recover an onside-kick last week.

But he took exception to Denver coach Josh McDaniels’ claim that the Jets are the easiest team in the league to run onside kicks against.

“I invented the damn thing, so I don’t care what he says,” Westhoff said.

The Broncos possession after the kick ended in a punt. But the play ate at the longtime special teams coach, who took full responsibility for the second-quarter recovery.

Westhoff said he should have moved Ben Hartstock behind the five front-line players on the Jets return team to dissuade the Broncos from attempting the on-side kick.

“Would that have prevented it? I don’t know. It may have discouraged it, though,” Westhoff said.

Kenwin Cummings was cut as a result of the gaffe and re-signed to the practice squad.

He also acknowledged that the Jets were out of position for the play and that, in this particular instance, Gang Green was vulnerable for the on-side kick.

“What he said was actually right but I don’t know where the hell he was when I started the damn thing and to tell you the truth I don’t care,” Westhoff, 62, said of the 34-year-old McDaniels.