Jets blame change in strategy for crucial blocked punt by Panthers

Ryan Quigley
In his first NFL season, Ryan Quigley had never gotten a punt blocked before Sunday.
Credit: Getty Images

On Monday afternoon, Jets punter Ryan Quigley watched film of his punt that got blocked in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss. He couldn’t put his finger on any mistakes the Jets punt unit made other than a change in their alignment. Instead, he credits the Panthers for taking advantage of the Jets’ formation change.

The Jets put an extra flyer wide on their punt unit in an effort to contain Panthers returner Ted Ginn Jr., one of the best returners in the game. Usually, the Jets will line up Ellis Lankster and Isaiah Trufant as flyers, but on this punt they included Alex Green as an additional flyer. The idea was that another speedster racing down the field would limit the ability of the Panthers to make a big return. Instead, Carolina lined an extra man up on the offensive line and the Jets had nobody to stop him.

Panthers linebacker Jason Williams ran in unopposed and blocked Quigley’s punt. It was a crucial play in the Jets’ 30-20 loss.

“Going over the film, credit goes to the Panthers,” Quigley told Metro. “Thy put another guy over [long snapper Tanner] Purdum’s shoulder. We hadn’t seen that from them before.”

The Jets hadn’t had a punt blocked since 2007.

With Williams lined up on Purdum’s left shoulder, and a player taken off the line to get the speedy Green on the field, it was easy to see what would happen. The Jets have used three flyers before this season and haven’t been caught in the formation, but the Panthers did their homework and exploited the underbelly of the Jets’ protection.

Quigley said he sees no reason to change what has worked for the Jets so far this season.

After the snap, Quigley had no idea the Panthers were bringing an extra player to attempt a punt block. Up just 16-13 at the time, the play would end up changing the game. Garrett McIntyre pounced on the bouncing ball for the Jets, but four plays later the Panthers punched it into the end zone to re-establish a 10-point lead.

“Once I caught the ball my eyes were locked — on the ball,” Quigley said. “Then when I knew he was there, it was too late. Hats off to them, they made a great play.”

On Monday, Purdum was not in the locker room to field questions from the media. But his teammates defended him on the play for doing his job and being in a position where he was over-matched.

“Real tough,” McIntyre said. “Imagine having your head down and then having to block somebody.”

Head coach Rex Ryan wouldn’t put any blame on anyone, but like Quigley and McIntyre said it was more of a breakdown in the face of a good scheme by the Panthers.

“Are there things we could have done physically, done a better job physically? Absolutely,” Ryan said. “It wasn’t a bust in assignment. It was more of a technique deal.”

Follow Jets beat writer Kristian Dyer on Twitter @KristianRDyer.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Protesters say new Met Opera is anti-Semitic

Protesters, including a former mayor and governor, gathered outside of the Metropolitan Opera on Monday afternoon to protest the opening of “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

Local

Brooklyn girl's death ruled a homicide

The New York City Medical Examiner has ruled the death of a Brooklyn toddler a homicide. Jeida Torres, 3, was found bruised and unresponsive Saturday…

Local

New York City continues to prepare for Ebola…

New York City continues to prepare for the possibility of Ebola. There have been numerous scares, but no confirmed cases. Representatives from about 150 unions…

Local

NYPD nabs alleged serial bank robber

  The NYPD has arrested a man they say is responsible for multiple Manhattan bank robberies this month. Police have arrested a Brooklyn man they…

Entertainment

We the Economy: Morgan Spurlock's new crusade

If Morgan Spurlock gets his way, you won't be able to avoid We the Economy, the series of 20 shorts films curated by the "Super…

Arts

3 Parody plays lampoon your childhood, adulthood and…

Whether you loved the source material or you're going in blind, these parody plays have something for every audience member. We rate three of NYC's hottest satirical shows.

Gossip

Who has more power: Harry Styles or Amal…

Amal Clooney comes in fourth on The Evening Standard's Most Influential Londoners list.

Music

#AskPaul McCartney reveals his love of American pop…

For an Englishman, Paul McCartney's pop culture tastes would fit right in stateside. The former Beatle (@PaulMcCartney) revealed that he has a real thing for…

NFL

John Idzik: 'We did a ton of background'…

Given John Idzik spent the previous five years with the Seahawks before he joined the Jets last January, there is a comfort level for the organization.

NFL

Jets add sizzle to struggling passing game with…

The Jets’ trade for Percy Harvin may have an air of desperation on the surface, but at 1-6 this season is hanging only by a thread.

NFL

Jason Pierre-Paul: 'We've got to regroup' during bye…

“We’ve got to regroup and figure out what went wrong,” said defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. “When we come back, we want to be a great team.”

NFL

Breno Giacomini: Media blowing up Golden Tate-Percy Harvin…

According to Breno Giacomini, the fight between Golden Tate and Percy Harvin during Super Bowl week was over by the time the lineman turned around.

Education

Is a 'gap year' after high school for…

It’s a familiar script that millions of students follow each year: Graduate high school and then immediately start college. But more and more students are…

Parenting

New news about Kate Middleton's pregnancy

The Palace released a statement about Kate Middleton's pregnancy.

Parenting

Cool book for kids: 'The Princess In Black'

"The Princess In Black" will change the way girls view princesses.

Wellbeing

Gabby Bernstein: The 3 questions I always get

For the last decade, I’ve been writing self-help books and preaching the Gospel of Gabby to audiences throughout the world. And no matter what country…