IRVING, Texas – Tony Romo took the blame for two awfully timed turnovers, but the blocked punt returned for a touchdown was perhaps the most critical play in the Jets’ comeback.
The simple explanation for the cause: The Cowboys got confused. As part of an overload rush up the middle, Joe McKnight came free with a direct path to punter Mat McBriar.
“It was just a miscommunication between a couple of guys,” undrafted rookie linebacker Alex Albright said. “The Jets are really good on special teams. We’ve got to be on the same page with each other.”
McKnight split Albright and tight end John Phillips and didn’t get picked up by personal protector Jesse Holley. Garrett said the “personal protector is a big part of the communication” when asked if Holley should have been able to pick up the blitzer, which could be considered an indication that it wasn’t his assignment.
“We had guys who turned out instead of turning in and the free rusher was let loose right down the middle and they blocked the kick,” Garrett said. “It was a big play in the game.”
Albright said the confusion stemmed from a Jets front that the Cowboys hadn’t studied, adding that special teams coach Joe DeCamillis warned that New York would probably give a new look. Phillips said unfamiliarity was no excuse.
“Joe D. did an excellent job preparing for the game,” Phillips said. “We’ve got to execute better.”