New York Jets: Washington Redskins

Jets lose special teams coach to Redskins

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Ben Kotwica, who spent six seasons with the New York Jets as a special-teams assistant and last season as the coordinator, has left the team to become the special teams coach of the Washington Redskins.

The Redskins confirmed the move Wednesday afternoon.

Kotwica was one of at least six assistants on Rex Ryan's staff with an expiring contract. Kotwica received a contract offer from the Jets, according to a league source, so his departure is a bit puzzling. It's possible he felt there was more security with the Redskins, who will have a new staff under recently hired head coach Jay Gruden.

Kotwica, a West Point graduate, interviewed for Army’s head-coaching job in late December. That job went to Jeff Monken, formerly the Georgia Southern head coach.

Ryan's uncertain contract status could be a concern for members of his staff. He has only one year remaining on his deal and, although there has been speculation about a one-year extension, nothing has been finalized. Ryan has told friends that he'd like to keep his staff together, and it's believed that most, perhaps all of the soon-to-be-free-agent assistants have received contract offers.

Kotwica, originally hired by Eric Mangini in 2007, took over the special teams after the venerable Mike Westhoff retired after last season. The one bright spot was place-kicker Nick Folk, who enjoyed a career year. Otherwise, the special teams were fair to middling, based on league rankings. The lowpoint came in Week 15, when the Jets suffered a blocked punt that changed the momentum in a 30-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Kotwica used a strategic wrinkle -- three gunners instead of two -- to contain punt returner Ted Ginn Jr., but it left them vulnerable in the line, resulting in the block.

Westhoff, 66, held the job from 2001 to 2012. Now the Jets will have their second special teams coach in as many years.

What about a Westhoff comeback? He's said to be happy in retirement, working as a football analyst for local media outlets (including ESPN New York 98.7). He has received feelers from other teams, but it sounds like he'll continue his post-coaching career. Then again, he's always been a never-say-never guy, so you never know.

Fred Davis shuns Jets, stays in D.C.

March, 29, 2013
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Tight end Fred Davis, who canceled his visit with the Jets, re-signed with the Washington Redskins on Friday.

Davis, who played at USC with Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, had 24 catches for 325 yards last year before tearing his Achilles tendon. He has scored 12 touchdowns in his career, all with Washington.

He had told reporters Thursday he was planning to visit the Jets, but then opted not to visit. ESPN's Adam Schefter had reported that Davis had offers from Washington and Buffalo, the latter of which he visited Thursday.

The Jets are in the market for a tight end after starter Dustin Keller left for Miami this offseason. The Jets currently are slated to start Jeff Cumberland, a restricted free agent who was tendered. Cumberland, 25, had a career year in 2012, catching 29 passes for 359 yards and three touchdowns.

If the Jets continue to search the free-agent market for a tight end, they could be running out of serviceable options. According to ESPN's free-agency tracker, the best available tight ends -- who aren't restricted free agents -- are Dallas Clark, Kellen Winslow and Chris Cooley. Clark had the best year of the group last season, with 47 catches for 435 yards, but he's going to be 34.

SCOTT IN: Free-agent Guard Jake Scott visited the Jets on Thursday but did not sign a deal, a source confirmed. Scout.com had first reported of the visit.

Scott, 31, is an nine-year veteran who played seven games for Philadelphia last season, starting the final seven after joining the team late in the year. With the Eagles, he played under new Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who served in the same role for Philadelphia last year.

The Jets could use some depth on their offensive line, as they could possibly lose starting guards in Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson. Vladimir Ducasse and recent acquisition Willie Colon are currently penciled in to be the starters, but the Jets would be wise to create competition.

"Mayhem" Maybin, defense step up late

December, 4, 2011
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LANDOVER, MD. -- Two seasons in Buffalo and Aaron Maybin never earned his keep on the active roster. He was like a jar of defensive potential where the cap just couldn’t come lose. He came to the Jets without a sack to his name, and now, just a few weeks later, he’s producing sacks and forcing fumbles all over the place.

In a 34-19 win Sunday, "Mayhem" Maybin recorded a sack, two tackles and a forced fumble. Maybin leads the team with six sacks and four forced fumbles on the year.

He’s even got coach Rex Ryan -- who was the one to finally getting that pesky cap off -- joking that he needs to get some Mayhem T-Shirts made up.

“I told Maybin that fourth-quarter sacks win games and he responded to me saying, ‘I know it coach,’” Ryan recounted. “Then he went out there and got one, then I said to him that a fumble was even better, so I am proud of the effort on his part.”

Before the game, according to Pro Football Focus, Maybin’s five sacks on 110 defensive snaps was the best ratio in the NFL, with five sacks being the benchmark for statistical consideration.

Maybin -- a Maryland native -- had his moment in the fourth quarter. The Jets held a slim 20-16 lead on a third down for Washington. He sacked Grossman for a nine-yard loss and forced the fumble, which was recovered by linebacker Calvin Pace. The Jets got the ball at the Washington 9 and two plays later, running back Shonn Greene scored.

It was just one of the instances where the Jets took advantage in a key spot. The Jets' defense, who started slow, regrouped at half time and limited the opposition to a single field goal in the fourth quarter.

“We’ve been harping on this for the last couple of weeks, about not letting our worst drive be our last drive,” Maybin said. “Not allowing teams to finish in crunch time, being able to buckle down at the appropriate time.”

Jamaal Westerman also recorded a sack, and Eric Smith and Pace led the Jets in tackling with six apiece. Westerman said the Jets talked at the half about improving their technique and tackling better, and Grossman was 0-4 in the third quarter.

“They did a good job of mixing up all of their stuff,” Grossman said. “They never give you the same look twice. They never play the same type of scheme twice. They did a lot of unique blitzes and you can’t get a beat on them. They are a pretty damn good football team.”

David Harris, the linebacker and defensive signal caller, said they were able to improve across the board in the second half.

“They caught us on our heels on the first drive felt like we just did a better job of knowing how they were going to attack us and came out second half, played lights out.”

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