In his WSJ article, Chris Herring focuses on the success of Westhoff's system, especially in the face of the recent NFL rule changes:
...[Westhoff] too has seen what appears to be the interchangeability of the team's kick returner. "I believe it shows that our system works," Westhoff said. "Unlike with punt returners, who kind of do their own thing, you get the chance to orchestrate this a little more. We get to interject a little more."However, in the New York Times article, Westhoff plays down the importance of his schemes while Rex Ryan either doesn't know what he's talking about or knows much more than he lets on:
He added that this year, in particular, coaching and schemes could have a greater impact on kick returns. Westhoff cited this season's rule change, which moved kickoffs to the 35-yard line from the 30.
"Early on, yes, people are just going to try to blast it as deep as they can and try to get a touchback," Westhoff said, adding that he believed it would be harder to kick the ball out of the end zone once winter rolls around. "It's a little bit predictable, and for now, it allows us to plan around how they're going to kick to us."
Returning kicks, Westhoff said, is not something the Jets boil down to a science, either. In the week before the New England game, he said the kickoff-return unit practiced together for a grand total of eight minutes — only one minute last Friday.Whether Westhoff has a specific scheme in place or merely puts the right blockers in the right locations, I can't really complain about whatever it is he's doing
“Westy does a great job of scheming up the kickoff return,” Ryan said. “He’s got guys who totally buy in, doing a great job of blocking and things. He’s had returners who are fearless and trust their blocking. I think that’s where it starts.”