How Jets pulled off rare special teams impact play

How Jets pulled off rare special teams impact play

The Jets have not gotten much impact out of their special teams units this season, but they finally had a breakthrough last week against the Chargers.

Henry Anderson broke through to block a punt in the first quarter that set up a Jets touchdown and some early momentum. Special teams coordinator Brant Boyer said they had noticed an opening to exploit.

“Well, we saw on tape that the slot would jump out, schemed it up during the week, we ran it all week, and the plan came together, so to speak,” Boyer said. “And so, he did a great job of swimming the slot, just like we thought. We tried to control the slot’s eyes with the guy inside him and it worked out just like we thought. Did a great job of going down to block the punt. It was a big point, I thought, to give us a good start in the game, and fortunately that led to a touchdown.”

CBS paid a lot of attention to the Jets’ play-calling setup last week, incorrectly believing that Adam Gase had taken over the play-calling from Dowell Loggains in the second half. Instead, Gase explained after the game that Loggains chooses the play, tells Gase over the headset and Gase calls the play in to the quarterback. Gase can change the play if he wants, and he also gets involved on third downs and in the two-minute drill with play selection.

“I know Coach [Gase] addressed this with you, and you know, what he said was the truth. Like, I give him a play number, he calls the play in,” Loggains said. “The head coach got here, he got to become a head coach because of his success on offense and the other places he’s been, in Denver and Chicago. And you know, he can be as involved as he wants to be because he is the head coach. But how it worked last week was I called the plays, and he radios them into the quarterback. He has the freedom to jump in situations and do those things. He does a nice job when he does.”

The Jets placed LB Patrick Onwuasor on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. They signed OL Jimmy Murray to the active roster from the practice squad.