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Jets fire defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after debacle vs. Raiders

Jets, Gregg Williams

The New York Jets immediately jumped the gun as they fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after their disappointing loss against the Las Vegas Raiders in a Week 13 tilt, as per ESPN‘s Adam Schefter. Williams was responsible for the team’s late-game error that ultimately slipped the win out of the Jets’ hands.

Up by four with several seconds left in the game clock, Williams called for a controversial all-out blitz on third down to the delight of the Raiders’ offensive players. Opposing quarterback Derek Carr capitalized on the open lanes and threw a 46-yard long bomb to the sprinting Henry Ruggs III who went on to score the game-winning touchdown for the team.

The clutch play ultimately sealed the victory for the Raiders with five seconds left in the game to come out with a tightly-contested 31-28 win. The Jets were on the verge of winning their first game of the season but the crucial defensive play plummeted them down to a league-worst 0-12 win-loss record.

Unknown to many, it already served as the last straw that triggered the Jets front office to ultimately part ways with Williams. He was first instated by the Jets in the defensive coordinator role towards the end of last season when the team finished with a respectable 7-9 record. Things got even worse during their campaign in the 2020 NFL season where they continuously fail to contain their opponents week in and week out.

Perhaps, the firing of Gregg Williams could serve as the first step for the Jets squad to get back on the right track and rebuild the franchise in a more competitive way moving forward.