200 Miles From the Citi

October 19, 2010 7:04 PM

(Very) Special Teams


I owe Nick Folk an apology.

I thought he would be the weak link on a team that was stacked everywhere else.

And I figured, as NFL seasons often do, this Jets season would end up coming down to his unreliable leg, and he would end up costing the Jets a championship.

I've been burned before, but this does not seem to be shaping up to be the case.

In fact, Nick Folk could turn out to be the reason the Jets win the Super Bowl.

Folk has already been a deciding factor in the Jets' first six games.

A huge 56-yard field goal in Denver that tied the game at the time...He was the Jets' offense in the win over Minnesota (5-for-5) and the season-opening loss to Baltimore (3-for-3)...He's 13-for-16 overall on the season, and has practically been automatic.

And that doesn't even address how good he's been on kickoffs.

The Jets, thanks to Folk on the kickoffs and Steve Weatherford's punting, have won the field position battle all year long.  I can't remember Weatherford having a bad kick yet on the season.

The return game has been exciting as well - Jim Leonhard and Kyle Wilson have been solid, though not spectacular, returning punts, and Brad Smith always has big-play potential on kickoffs.

A lot of Jets are having great seasons so far - you can't get off to the start they've had without contributions from a lot of players.

But when it comes to MVPs of the team, you have to give some consideration to the members of the special teams unit, who have played just as much of a role in setting up that success as anyone.

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