Jets To Hire Gregg Williams As DC

The Jets are finalizing a deal with former Browns’ interim head coach Gregg Williams to become their defensive coordinator, a source tells Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Williams was the defensive coordinator the Jets were targeting no matter who their head coach was, Schefter adds. 

The Jets have denied pushing certain assistants on candidates Matt Rhule and Mike McCarthy. Whether you choose to believe the Jets on that front is up to you, but it appears that they had a heavy hand in marrying new head coach Adam Gase and Williams.

Williams was widely mocked during the year for his assertion that several teams wanted him as a head coach. He may have been pumping himself up a bit, but things improved on both sides of the ball during his eight-game run as the Browns’ interim coach in 2018. Ultimately, the Browns chose interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens as the man to run things going forward, but Williams managed to boost his stock a bit in the latter half of the year.

With the Jets, Williams inherits an iffy defense, but one that has potential in the secondary and a solid defensive lineman in Leonard Williams. The Jets have no real pass rush to speak of, but they hope to change that with upwards of $100MM in cap room.

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  1. natsfan3437

    Are they switching from a 3-4 to a 4-3? Gase and Williams both ran the 4-3 last season.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Might not matter what defense is run. A GM change could result in a completely different coaching staff for 2020.

        • crosseyedlemon

          Owners replace GMs for reasons besides the on field performance and apparently the Jets current GM has not been able to get a vote of confidence from his bosses. A change of GMs would certainly result in some changes in the coaching ranks. Right now it’s anybody’s guess how things will unfold but the Jets tend to always find ways of shooting themselves in the foot so stay tuned.

  2. kenleyfornia2

    How could he be taking a DC job. I thought he had dozens of interviews to just show up and sign a contract as a HC

      • crosseyedlemon

        I don’t think the addition of one more crazy person in the Meadowlands is going to be a big news story.

    • zenopsu

      Andy Reid will never win you a super bowl. I lived it for 14 years here in philly. He’s so dumb. You have no shot at a ring but you’ll never pick in the top 15 of the draft either.

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