MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — There will be some painful memories for some Jets walking into Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday.
Last season, the Jets lost 27-23 there when the Dolphins returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter after a penalty on the initial kickoff forced them to kick the ball again.
Antonio Allen, who was offsides on the initial kickoff, is no longer with the Jets. But special teams coach Brant Boyer said he’s thought about that game this week.
“They put it to us down there last year,” Boyer said. “Anytime when you watch our cutups from last year, certainly that game down there, especially after we took a penalty and had to re-kick. We tackled him on the 16-yard line or whatever, and we had to re-kick and they take one back and it cost us the game. If anybody doesn’t take a look at that and think about that, then we have some problems. It’s certainly on my mind, I know that.”
Boyer said the call was correct, but it still irks him.
“I think it was a pretty easy call to make,” Boyer said. “We had been warned on it the play before, and we had warned the person and he was offsides on that play. We made a mistake and they ran it back, and that cost us big.”
Quarterback Josh McCown is not just making plays with his arm, but also with his legs. McCown converted two third downs last week against the Patriots with scrambles. You would not expect a 38-year-old to be able to run, but McCown has mobility.
“It was a lot easier when I was younger,” McCown said. “Mobility was a big part of my game when I was younger because I don’t think I knew exactly what I was doing, it was like let’s just go run. As you develop as a quarterback, you realize — and I still think it’s true in this league and the development of young players that are mobile — is that you have to develop from the pocket, you have to play from the pocket.
“But if you have that as part of your skillset, then to be able to run is a good thing because when teams do different things to you coverage wise, you have to go out and make plays with your feet, so that was what was afforded to us the other day, so if it is there, it’s there.”