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Mike Westhoff
Position:Special Teams Coach
Personal information
Born: (1948-01-10) January 10, 1948 (age 71)
Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
Career information
College:Wichita State
Career history
As coach:

Mike Westhoff (born January 10, 1948) is a former special teams coach of the National Football League (NFL). Previously he coached for a number of teams, most notably for the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. Westhoff is considered a "pioneering special teams coach" and his special teams units have generally ranked very highly in the NFL.[1][2] He retired after the 2012 season.[3] He joined the New Orleans Saints as the teams Special Teams Coach in 2017.

Coaching career

Miami Dolphins

Westhoff was the special teams / tight ends coach for the Dolphins from 1986 - 2000.

New York Jets

Westhoff joined the Jets staff in 2001 after spending the previous 15 seasons in a similar capacity with the Miami Dolphins.

He stepped down as the special teams coach for the New York Jets in December 2007 after the final game.[4] On September 1, 2008, it was announced Westhoff would return to the Jets' sideline for the 2008 season in an undefined role.

On August 8, 2010, Westhoff received a one-year contract extension.[1] Westhoff remained with the team through 2011, which he announced would likely be his final year with the team. However, on January 26, 2012, the Jets announced that they had given Westhoff a contract extension through the 2012 season.[1][5] Westhoff officially retired after the 2012 season.

New Orleans Saints

On November 15, 2017 the New Orleans Saints had hired Westhoff to join their special teams coaching staff for the remainder of the 2017 season.[6] The next day, Saints head coach Sean Payton said that Westhoff would be responsible for supervising all the special teams units.[7]

Following the controversial loss in the 2018 NFC Championship Game versus the Los Angeles Rams, Westoff appeared on Mike's On radio show with Mike Francesa of WFAN. On the program, he declared the result of that game as "the toughest loss of his long career".[8]

Personal life

In 1988, Westhoff was diagnosed with cancer of the femur in his left leg.[9] Originally, the condition was misdiagnosed and Westhoff was nearly fatally wounded after the doctor accidentally cut one of his arteries.[9] Once the correct diagnosis was made Westhoff underwent ten surgeries to remove the cancer and the bone replacing it with bone grafts, plates, screws and pins.[9][10] A cracked bone graft in 2007, caused Westhoff to announce his departure from the Jets.[11] In 2008, Westhoff entered the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to undergo a procedure to replace the missing femur with a titanium rod.[9] After vigorous rehabilitation, Westhoff was able to walk again and returned to the Jets' sidelines in September 2008.[12]

Westhoff is a native of the Pittsburgh suburb of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.[13] Westhoff has a son, John.[10]


  1. ^ a b c Cimini, Rich (August 9, 2010), Mike Westhoff re-ups Jets deal, ESPN, archived from the original on November 5, 2012, retrieved November 9, 2010
  2. ^ Ryan, p. 133
  3. ^ "Jets' search for new GM begins". The Wall Street Journal. January 5, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Youngmisuk, Ohm (December 31, 2007). "Farewell for Mike Westhoff". New York Daily News. Retrieved January 21, 2009.
  5. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (January 26, 2012). "Mike Westhoff will return to Jets". Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  6. ^ "Saints make a sudden coaching hire",, November 15, 2017.
  7. ^ Herbie Teope, "Sean Payton on hiring of special teams guru Mike Westhoff: 'I felt like we needed help'", The Times-Picayune, November 16, 2017.
  8. ^ Dennis Waszak Jr., [1]
  9. ^ a b c d Ryan, p. 134
  10. ^ a b Bishop, Greg (March 9, 2008), "The Bounce Is Returning to Westhoff's Steps", The New York Times, The New York Times Company, archived from the original on January 6, 2018, retrieved May 11, 2011
  11. ^ Brennan, Sean (January 22, 2010), New York Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff, a cancer survivor, enjoying Super ride of life, New York Daily News, archived from the original on May 9, 2012, retrieved May 11, 2011
  12. ^ Cole, Jason (October 12, 2008), Jets assistant battled through cancer, leg ailments, Yahoo! Sports, archived from the original on October 25, 2012, retrieved May 11, 2011
  13. ^ Finder, Chuck (January 11, 2005), Bethel Park native raises cane as Jets assistant, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, archived from the original on May 22, 2011, retrieved November 9, 2010


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