Adam Gase: Firing Gregg Williams Best Thing for Jets

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Firing defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was the smart move for the New York Jets, head coach Adam Gase insisted Monday.

Williams was canned after calling all-out blitz in the Jets’ 31-28 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. It came with 36 seconds left. The Jets had a 4 point lead, and the Raiders had reached desperation time. You never blitz in that situation, and Williams knew it. Not even when you’re 0-12 and OK with losing games, which is where the Jets are today.

“I just felt like that was the best thing for our team moving forward,” Gase told reporters of the Williams firing. “Organizationally, we had discussions this morning, and we felt like that was the best move for us to make. … Gregg and myself talked for close to an hour this morning. Obviously he wasn’t happy, like most of us are when this happens. But that’s our profession.”

Gase is also probably a goner at the end of the season. As the head coach, he has to take some of the blame for the actions of his coordinators. Fair or not, that’s also the profession.

“I wish I would’ve called timeout,” Gase said of the fateful blitz. “But I didn’t.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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