Mike Westhoff to explain rules to Jets

Updated: January 5, 2011, 3:42 AM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff will explain the NFL's new overtime rules to the Jets on Friday, one day before they hit the field in Indianapolis for an AFC wild-card showdown with the Colts.

It looks like Westhoff will have plenty of explaining to do on Friday because a couple key Jets were in the dark about the rule when asked about it on Tuesday.

"I really don't know. I really don't know about the overtime rules," Darrelle Revis said.

Bart Scott also wasn't clear on the new rule.

NFL owners in March voted to change the sudden-death nature of overtime in the 2010 playoffs.

In the postseason, if the team that wins the coin toss scores a field goal in its first possession, the opposing team gets a possession to tie the score or win the game.

If the team answers with a touchdown, the game is over. If the team gets a field goal to tie the score, then the next team to score wins the game. If the team that wins the overtime coin toss scores a touchdown on its first possession, the game is over.

Head coach Rex Ryan was asked on Tuesday how the coaching staff will prepare for the new overtime rules this week.

"I'll handle that," Ryan said. "We're going to have Mike Westhoff, like we always do, handle the officiating. On Friday, we'll get Mike to do it because he loves this stuff. Then we'll explain all the rules to our players. We have a good grasp of it."

The Jets have been confused about the new overtime rules in the past.

In their Week 9 win over Detroit, kicker Nick Folk booted a field goal in overtime to seal the 30-27 victory. But he didn't celebrate after the kick because he thought the Lions would have another possession to tie the score or win the game, which is the case under the new rules.

"When I made it, I turned to go get ready to kick off," Folk told reporters after the game. "Then I saw everyone running onto the field and was like, 'OK, we won. Woo hoo.'"

After Westhoff's pow-wow on Friday, all of the Jets should have a thorough understanding of the new rules.

Ryan said on Tuesday that he will be more aggressive on offense if the Jets win the overtime coin toss.

"If you have the ball, you have to be thinking touchdown," Ryan said. "Obviously, it's an advantage if a team kicks a field goal on you. If you have a chance to come back, then you're basically playing four-down football until you can kick a field goal or score a touchdown. ... I think it's the same for everybody and I think everyone knows the rules."

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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