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New York Jets: Thomas McGaughey Leaving LSU to Become Special Teams Coordinator

February 5th, 2014 at 10:49 PM
By Donald Lappe

Thomas McGaughey will leave LSU to join the New York Jets as their special teams coordinator. The Jets have been looking for a replacement since Brian Kotwica decided to leave for the same role with the Washington Redskins. The 2013 season was Kotwica's first as the team's special teams coordinator, filling in for the retired Mike Westhoff. His performance drew mixed reviews. The Jets are hoping that Thomas McGaughey can get the special teams units back to the productivity the team became accustomed to under Mike Westhoff.

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Thomas McGaughey should be a good fit for the New York Jets. He comes from a strong collegiate program in LSU under eccentric head coach Les Miles. LSU has had extremely productive special teams units during his tenure, with aggression a hallmark of their entire team. Thomas McGaughey does have experience from his time with the New York Giants and Denver Broncos. He was the assistant special teams coordinator for the Giants from 2007-2010 before becoming the special teams coordinator at LSU.

Thomas McGaughey will look to rejuvenate the Jets special teams units, which were once one of the strongest facets of the team. In the last few seasons under Mike Westhoff the special teams began to show signs of decline and 2013 was an up-and-down year under Ben Kotwica. The inconsistency was never more apparent than in December when in consecutive weeks a blocked punt played a role in the team's win over the Oakland Raiders, but the following week the Carolina Panthers blocked a Jets punt that proved costly in the loss. 

The hiring of Thomas McGaughey fills the final prominent role on the coaching staff. There haven't been any other major transitions on the staff this offseason.

The move was reported by Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge Advocate. It follows an earlier report on Jan. 26 that Thomas McGaughey was the leading candidate for the job.

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