For 15 years Mike Westhoff paced the sidelines of the Miami Dolphins as their special teams coach. In 2001, he left the team and signed with the New York Jets. Westhoff left the Jets in 2007 due to medical reasons that required surgeries on his leg. Now, a mistake by the Dolphins, a non-disclosed contract by Westhoff, and an ill-advised visit to the team, is sparking game day chatter of what exactly the Jets have on Miami.
On August 5th, the Dolphins brass invited the long time coach to attend practice. Westhoff agreed and got an up close and personal look at the 3 facets of the Dolphins team. What he did not say however, was that he was still under contract with the NY Jets.
Tony Sparano has stated that he would not have invited him to the practice had he known of his contract situation, but also states that he has no concern over what Westhoff has in his head about the team. See, on Monday of last week, Westhoff rejoined the Jets as the special teams coach.
While the knowledge of what Westhoff could have seen and taken with him was over a month ago, some worry that the witnessed formations could be advantageous for the Jets. While this does not smell on the surface like cheating because the Dolphins did in fact invite him to the facility, the lack of decorum by Westhoff and his contract should be addressed at some point by the league if for no other reason that the incident does not repeat in the future. After today however the issue will be a dead one unless the Jets just seem to be clued in on the Phins formations…and then we will all be complaining about that tomorrow. Just another chapter in a bitter rivalry.