Special Teams Coordinator Tom Quinn
December 3, 2015
Q: Youíre second in kickoff returns, is that something youíve seen improve as the years have gone on?
A: It started out pretty good, Atlanta where we had some good holes, and would have gotten some more but Dwayne [Harris] slipped on one, so that started out pretty good. Itís hard because you donít get into a flow because you have one this game, two this game, and you donít have a whole bunch. Itís been a little bit piecemeal but weíve been happy with the progress of that. You always feel like you can do a lot better. Obviously there are some games I felt like if we made one or two blocks, it could be a better return average.
Q: As it gets into December, the kicks are going to be shorter, and there will be more chances.
A: Yeah, so youíll get more opportunities, and weíre starting to see that a little bit. Last week we only had one, so that makes it tough.
Q: What are your biggest concerns with the Jets?
A: Their team speed is really good and they have good size. There are some tough matchup problems, really like their punt returners, really have done well. [Jeremy] Kerley is tough to tackle, you see him break a ton of tackles, and then obviously they have Antonio [Cromartie] back there. Heís a weapon with his speed, so we have to do a good job with our coverage teams.
Q: Montori Hughes, a 350-pund guy, you ever have a guy that big?
A: In the wedge?
A: When I first got here, we had the four-man wedge and we had some bigger offensive linemen, but never 354 pounds. Thatís a good size.
Q: What makes him capable of doing that?
A: He wants to do it. Some guys arenít willing and you have to really (convince) them, but he enjoys it, so thatís always a good place to start. Heís a good athlete for his size and he can move his feet pretty good.
Q: He seemed to get a pretty good hit, at least one, in there?
A: Yeah, on the one return, he got a knockdown, so that was good.
Q: Big advantage though, he probably had 150 pounds on that guy.
A: I think so. Iím not a physics guy.
Q: Is that sort of how itís going to play out on most kickoffs?
A: No, like this week, there is size versus size, so. We always talk big on little, theyíre going to try and run around, so heís got to do a good job of setting the guy up and getting a shoulder on the guy so youíre not getting a holding penalty.