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Folk: ‘I Had Trust in My Leg’ on His Record FG

Posted by Randy Lange on October 20, 2010 – 2:57 pm

Nick Folk was still hanging around North Jersey today before heading out to Arizona to watch “little brother” Erik Folk kick for Washington at AU this weekend, and we wanted to catch up to the Jets’ unassuming foot man for a little more insight on his franchise-record-setting 56-yard boomer at Denver on Sunday.

Insight No. 1 was that Folk didn’t know it was a record-breaker until he and holder Steve Weatherford were trotting off the Invesco Field at Mile High pitch.

“I try not to go out and look at the yard line, really,” Folk said late this morning. “You know when you’re standing on top of the other team’s logo that you’re pretty far back there. But I kind of get the spot based on the ball, wherever it is, and then I give it to Steve and I’m not worried about anything but that kick.

Then afterwards, Steve said, ‘Wow, that was 56, man.’ I said, ‘Really, that was 56?’ You’re back on the logo, you could be 54, 56, 57.”

Folk put that moment aside because he had another kickoff to focus on pinning the Broncos back at their 20. But after notching the third of his five touchbacks in the air up there, he and Weatherford mused some more.

“Steve said, ‘Yeah, I think that’s the record because they have all those records up down by the meeting rooms,’ ” he said. “So I obviously had seen those but I had no idea who owned the records at all.”

That’s Insight No. 2. Head coach Rex Ryan and his staff have been proactive about putting the history of the Jets on the first-floor walls of the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center where the players can see them and linger over them if they so desire. The wall to the players’ dining area has the all-time team photos, another wall has all players listed by uniform number. There is a Pro Bowl wall and also a record-book wall.

Folk knows Jay Feely, whom he replaced this offseason. He could have run into John Hall, who was at the celebration of the Jets’ Monday Night Miracle win over Miami 10 years ago. Certainly he’s heard of Pat Leahy. Those three Jets kickers had accounted for the four 55-yard field goals in franchise history (Feely had two).

When told that Hall hit his 55-yarder on his very first regular-season kick as a pro in Seattle’s old Kingdome in the ’97 opener, Folk replied, “That’s awesome,” which is something Hall could easily say about Folk’s kick a decade later.

As for the difficulty of the kick, Folk supplied Insight No. 3 when he said he treated the kick just as he treated the PAT he kicked after the Jets’ second-quarter touchdown, kind of.

“I know it sounds kind of weird that you’re going to make an extra point or a short field goal look like a 56-yard field goal,” he said. “But you don’t want to be really changing your swing. You want it to be the same smooth swing the entire time.

“I knew I could make it going in that direction — in pregame we hit one from 64 or something like that. So we wanted to just make sure that I was smooth and that we had a good operation time and just got the ball up in the air. And I had trust in my leg that I could get it there and it went right through.”

As simple as that. The altitude also didn’t hurt, since it produced the most prodigious game of kickoffs in Folk’s four-year NFL career and possibly in Jets history. We’ll talk about that in part two of my conversation with Nick when Special Teams Saturday rolls around in three days.

By the Bye

Here’s a little Jets bye week trivia to keep you occupied heading into a weekend without Green & White football, hopefully the first of three such weekends this season:

All-time since bye weeks became a regular feature of the NFL schedule in 1990, the Jets are 11-10 the game after their bye week (remembering that the league gave two byes per team in 1993). They’re also 6-2 in their last eight games after byes and 9-4 in their last 13.

By head coach that breaks down to: Bruce Coslet, 2-3; Pete Carroll, 0-1; Rich Kotite, 0-2; Bill Parcells, 3-0; Al Groh, 0-1; Herm Edwards, 3-2; Eric Mangini, 3-0; Rex Ryan, 0-1.


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11 Responses to “Folk: ‘I Had Trust in My Leg’ on His Record FG”

  1. By wayne on Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t mind admitting that I was not a Nick Folk supporter. If soemthing isn’t broke there’s no reason to fix it. Feeley was good enough…Folk has earned my trust….NOT THAT HE NEEDS IT….There are still ten games to be played in regulation and then the pressure is ramped up…Truly, I hope he can continue his stellar play.

  2. By IRA on Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    Thats right Folk did hit a 64 yd FG in warmups. And that kick had plenty of air on it. It could’ve been good from 70 yds.
    Randy,
    See that Mangini had a 3-0 record after the bye and as you know his 1st win after the bye was up in Foxboro. I don’t remember just wondering if he gave the players a week off on the bye week?

  3. By Randy Lange on Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    Ira, as you know, I was covering the Jets for a daily newspaper at the time. My notes tell me the Jets practiced through Wednesday, Nov. 1, of their bye week, took Thursday through Sunday off, then returned to Hofstra on Monday to prepare for what would be a spectacular 17-14 victory at New England the following Sunday, Nov. 12.

  4. By Troy on Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    As Good as Tomlinson has been and he has been awesome,I think they need to scale it back al little with his workload ,so we dont have a situation like TJ’s at the end of the year where he was gassed and banged up, Its time I think to give Greene the Majority(not all, like 60/40)of the carries,looking at our schedule down the stretch,@NE,@Pitt,@Chicago,weather is going to be more and likely treacherous,were going to need our 2 backs fresh more then, then now, I have no doubt that with a heavier workload Greene can be just,if not more damaging than LTD,

  5. By scjoe on Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    Folk has been a very pleasant surprise in my point of view, so far. I guess the real test will be the bad weather at the Meadowlands come Winter, and maybe the pressure of playoff situations. Feely seemed to handle it pretty flawlessly. So let’s stay tuned. As for the bye week, and the game following it, the only real surprise I got out of that list of coaches and their respective records following bye weeks was that of Rex being 0-1. No surprise with Parcells being 3-0, or even Mangini being 3-0 and certainly not Kotite being 0-3.

  6. By JetsManiac4Life on Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    Always great when we can witness a franchise record feat! Hey Randy, is it possible if any of you guys could post the video of this franchise record field goal? After all, it is JETS history! GOO J-E-T-S JETS! JETS! JETS!!!

  7. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Oct 20, 2010 | Reply

    Folk’s doing a tremendous job unlike Goodell, who should be fired and I’ll sign any petition that demands it and send $ to back it. Tweaking the rules on something as basic as tackling halfway through the year is his dumbest move yet. A strike next year might not be a bad thing. The NFL’s going in a zillion different directions, most of them bad, on a lot of issues — rookie contracts; a shorter pre-season; a longer regular season; weird rules on contact, catching, and overtime; even Soviet-style, uniform team websites. Seems like a good time for everybody — players, fans, coaches, owners, the media, and league officials — to consider whether we want Goodell messing with this great game every other minute.

  8. By IRA on Oct 21, 2010 | Reply

    Randy, Thanks. I know Rex knows whats best for his team and has pushed all the right buttons up until now. And sure they had a very difficult start to the season with 5 bigtime games,3 were division ,the Vikes MNF Game then a short week and a trip to the Mile High city. Yes they needed a week of rest but i just hope they all come back focused and ready to go. They have too much to lose not to. I think they will be fine and will come out fresh and ready for the Packers.
    GO JETS!!!!

  9. By Larry B. on Oct 21, 2010 | Reply

    I couldn’t agree with you guys more. Nick Folk has been impressive and has made me feel so much mopre comfortable after trading Feeley. I give Folk credit for all of his hard work is paying off. I am extremely confident that Folk will get to show us what he is made of come playoff time !! boy am I excited about another playoff run!!!

  10. By JOHN AVVENTO on Oct 22, 2010 | Reply

    I HAVE AN AWFUL LOT OF FAITH IN MIKE TANNENBAUM AS OUR GM. WHEN SEARCHING 4 TALENT,HE SELDOM SPITS THE BIT WITH A PLAYER. WHATS MORE, HE HAS WHAT IS HONESTLY SHAPING UP 2B ONE OF THE MORE IMPRESSIVE TRACK RECORDS REGARDING THE NFL DRAFT (YES… EVEN WITH GHOLSTON ON HIS RESUME’). IN FACT, HIS ACQUISITIONS OF BOTH PROFESSIONAL AND AMATEUR FA’S DURING HIS TENURE AS JETS GM HAS BEEN, WITHOUT QUESTION, CLOSE TO FLAWLESS! AS A RESULT, I SHOULD NOT HAVE QUESTIONED HIS THINKING BEHIND LETTING REVIS GO IN FAVOR OF BRINGING IN JASON TAYLOR 2 HELP BOLSTER THE PASS RUSH. IT REALLY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH TAYLOR, WHO WAS REPLACING FEELEY ON THE ROSTER, AS MUCH IT HAD TO DO WITH NICK FOLK, WHO WAS INDEED THE REPLACEMENT FOR THE SOLID AND CLUTCH PK!

  11. By Legion on Oct 24, 2010 | Reply

    WOW- wasn’t that a kick in the head. Nice going! Welcome to the team and becoming a record holder. Hot diggity dog!

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