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Zero wins in 12 games isn’t exactly the type of season that leads to job security, even if 0-12 is sort of what management wants.
Gregg Williams found that out Monday morning, when the defensive coordinator was fired by the New York Jets, according to multiple reports. But let’s face it, the decision to can Williams may have been more than just a result of the Jets’ 0-12 record.
Williams basically threw the game in Sunday’s 31-28 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
The Jets had a four-point lead, and with just 13 seconds remaining, they needed only to keep the Raiders out of the end zone in order to win their first game of the season.
The Raiders had the ball at midfield, and the clock was ticking. But instead of playing it safe, Williams called an all-out blitz, giving Raiders quarterback an easy pass to receiver Harry Ruggs. Touchdown. Ball game. Jets lose again, only this time it was fairly obviously on purpose.
The Jets can’t be relied on to win even when they try, but Williams’ silly decision on Sunday was definitely a fireable offense. A makeover of the entire staff will likely come this offseason. Williams had to know that.
All he really did was make the Jets’ upcoming decision easy and give himself the chance to get out of dodge early. As for the Jets, they may actually be feeling good. They’re still exactly where they want to be: 0-12 and in the lead for the No. 1 overall draft pick.