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Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff could be

Jets special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff could be in trouble with the league after publicly complaining that the Patriots use a "wall" along their sidelines on kick returns. Photo Credit: John Dunn, 2009

Westhoff: I was not aware

Special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff said he never told anybody to flank the sidelines to discourage Miami's special teams gunners from running out of bounds while covering kicks, a theory currently being suggested by some. This, of course, all stems from the Sal Alosi tripping incident of Nolan Carroll on Sunday, which led to Alosi being suspended for the rest of the season and postseason without pay and also fined an additional $25,000. "Number one, I did not instruct anyone," Westhoff said in a statement. "Number two, I was not aware. With all of the people on the sidelines, it would be inconsequential and I would not be involved in any way, shape or form."

Holmes returns

Santonio Holmes is preparing to head back to play against the team that traded him eight months ago, the same franchise with which he spent his first four seasons. The wideout caught the winning touchdown in the closing minute of Pittsburgh's 27-23 win in Super Bowl XLIII, finishing with nine receptions for 131 yards and a TD on the way to being named the game's MVP. After the Jets' 10-6 loss to Miami on Sunday, Holmes downplayed facing his old team. "Not even thinking about that right now," he said.

Serious swoon?

After dropping their second straight in unflattering fashion, some are beginning to question if the Jets may have to fight their way into the playoffs. With consecutive road games against the Steelers and Bears, they will have to play better or their losing streak could reach four.

"We have the talent to play better than this," Rex Ryan said. "I know we do. We have the talent on our coaching staff to have [our system] taught better and I know we can play better. That's what coaching is all about. We have to find a way. I think we'll respond."


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