Jets go all out for punt blocks, come up empty

Jets go all out for punt blocks, come up empty
September 13, 2013, 1:30 am
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Rex Ryan's all-out punt block strategy didn't work.

(USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO -- On three separate occasions in Thursday night's game, the New York Jets refused to use a punt returner.

They sent all 11 players towards the football, with no punt returner in sight.

Still, it wasn't a mistake. The Jets meant to do it. It was their way of trying to go all out for the punt block.

"We were going for the block," said Jets coach Rex Ryan after their 13-10 loss to the Patriots. "I thought that, obviously, you have a wet football, and it's a rookie punter [Ryan Allen, who tied a team record with 11 punts], so we're like, 'Hey, let's go get it.' We weren't getting a whole lot in the return game. That Slater kid's a heck of a football player. So I'm like, 'Hey, might as well try to go for it.' So that's what we did."

It just didn't work.