FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The pair traded shocked expressions, unsure of what to say or do.
"The two most-shocked guys were me and Westhoff when he started running with it," Ryan said Monday.
Weatherford, unaware of the down and distance, took off without checking in with Westhoff - which Ryan said is the customary procedure. The punter saw open field in front of him and decided it was best to fake the punt on fourth-and-18 with 6:36 to go in the first quarter of a then-scoreless game against Green Bay. That ultimately proved to be the wrong decision since Weatherford was knocked out of bounds just short of the first-down marker and the Packers took over on downs at the Jets' 36. They eventually kicked a field goal, en route to a 9-0 win.
"It was like, 'What are you doing?' Then it was like, 'Get the first, get the first, get the first,' " Ryan said. "Then, we're short and we tried to sneak an offensive play in before they challenged it. I knew it was going to be close. Clearly we have guts, but we're not going to run it down there."
Ryan said the decision "clearly was a mistake." Weatherford, who ran the same play successfully last season in games against Oakland and Miami, agreed. "It would have been a good decision had it been fourth-and-9, but that's my fault," the punter said after the game. "I made the decision to try to make the play, but it didn't work out for the team."
Said Ryan: "I think he's such a great athlete that he saw it coming down. He caught it, he visualized it. He goes, 'Oh, there's no way they're going to stop me.' I really don't think he even thought about what the down and distance was. The last time he looked up, we needed 9 yards. He's like, 'They're not going to catch me in 9 yards.' He still has to go through the proper channels.
"The first thing I did was look at Westhoff and Westhoff's looking at me, like, 'Where did this come from?' It's funny, but it's not funny."