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The New York Jets Confused Everyone With Their Unconventional Onside Kick


Here’s something you probably haven’t seen before. With the New York Jets trailing the New York Giants 22-14 late in the 4th quarter, they were lining up to kick off to the Giants, after Mark Sanchez was sacked in the end zone for a safety, when some general confusion was unleashed on the viewing audience.

Naturally, the Jets were in a desperate spot, looking to get the ball back by way of an onside kick. Still, it was less about the strategy and more about their approach at kicking the ball off that made quite a few people scratch their heads.

The best way to describe it is to pull exact quotes from a very confused Daryl “Moose” Johnston’s, who said, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen an onside kick that way… It’s more like an onside punt.” See for yourself.

In the end, the Jets fell to the Giants 29-14, moving them one game behind the Cincinnati Bengals in their hunt for one of the final playoff spots in the AFC. Now, we await the post-game press conference to hear from Jets head coach Rex Ryan as he explains what exactly went wrong. I can tell you this much, the words “Mark, Sanchez and turnovers” are certainly going to be a major theme within the New York media over the next couple of days. Sanchez not only threw two interceptions, but he fumbled the football at his own goal-ine, plus he was sacked five times (one for a safety). So, there’s also that.

Video via CJ Fogler


  • DepressedSF

    Wow. Do you guys not understand football, and you work for a sports site?

    After a safety the team must kick WITHOUT the tee. So the Jets had to figure out how to onside kick with a drop kick.

    Who was confused by that?

  • houdini

    What was confusing about that? Seeing an onside punt is out of the ordinary, but I’m “everyone” knew what the Jets were trying to do with that play.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Johnson/100000190455903 Rick Johnson

    Only restriction on a free kick is that you cannot use the tee. You may punt, drop kick or even kick it off the ground. Have seen onside kicks before with ball laying sideways on the ground.


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