Face of Defeat

Week 8’s Face of Defeat: Steve Weatherford

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Attention future punters…when it’s 4th and 18 deep in your own territory, don’t run a fake punt.

New York Jets punter Steve Weatherford called his own number from the Jet 18 on a 4th and 18 in order to continue a drive during the team’s futile 9-0 loss on Sunday to the Green Bay Packers.

After a challenge by Packers head coach Mike McCarthy overturned the play, originally called a first down, the game’s goat horns were squarely placed on Weatherford.

His gaffe led to Green Bay’s first field goal.

Many originally thought Rex Ryan called for it but Weatherford decided to take matters into his own hands. After all, Ryan granted him the power to make such a choice.

“Once I get out of the pocket, I feel like if it’s 12 (or) 15 yards, I think I can make it,” Weatherford said following the loss.

Since he’s already standing 10 yards back, Weatherford had to run 28 yards to get a first down. Not a smart move.

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