Jets fire defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, seemingly securing Adam Gase’s job
Prevent defense or not, nothing could prevent Gregg Williams from unemployment on Monday.
The Jets have fired defensive coordinator Williams, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, after an abysmal fourth-quarter call that led to the Raiders connecting on a game-winning touchdown with just seconds left.
Jets fired DC Gregg Williams, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 7, 2020
While some conspiracy theorists and tinfoil-hat wearers believed that Williams was given the order to “tank” from the higher-ups, in reality, Williams blitzing is what Williams does, regardless of the game situation. While the Jets were on the doorstep of their first win, Williams dialed up a blitz, leaving rookie cornerback Lamar Jackson to deal with Henry Ruggs’ speed. The result was catastrophic for the Jets (but great for their chances at the No. 1 pick).
The play-call was met with scrutiny from media, fans and players, with safety Marcus Maye repeatedly saying “we needed a better call” in his postgame press conference, excoriating Williams.
Marcus Maye with some criticism of Gregg Williams' call that led to the go-ahead TD by the Raiders:
"That situation, just has to be a better call. We gotta execute, but you gotta help us out at the same time" pic.twitter.com/pX9o8lqTO8
— Jets Videos (@snyjets) December 6, 2020
Williams’ firing likely leaves head coach Adam Gase safely in the head coach’s chair the remainder of the season. With no viable interim head coach candidate on the staff with Williams gone, the job is likely Gase’s en route to a potential 0-16 season.
If history is any indication, Gase is here to stay through the end of 2020; the Jets have only ever fired one head coach mid-season, Charley Winner in 1975
The Jets play the Seahawks, Browns, Rams and Patriots to end the season, all of which are in the playoff hunt.