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Leonard Williams says new Jets DC Gregg Williams’ energy ‘brings the best out of people’

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The New York Jets have made sweeping changes this NFL offseason, starting with their coaching staff.

Gone is Todd Bowles, and in is Adam Gase and a group that also features defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who spent the latter half of the 2018 campaign revitalizing the Cleveland Browns as their head coach.

However, the Browns opted to roll with Freddie Kitchens is their coach heading into 2019, making Williams a free agent. He was then hired by the Jets to run the defense, and defensive lineman Leonard Williams is excited about what Gregg brings to the table:

“I can play nose, 3-technique, defensive end,” said Leonard Williams, according to Ethan Greenberg of New York’s official team website. “Even as a defense, I feel like we have a lot of playmakers on the team. Putting guys in the best position to make a play is really important and if we have that many playmakers on the defense, play with it. Put us in the best spot and let guys fly around. I’m excited about it.”

Leonard is not only looking forward to the way Gregg uses him, but he also thinks the defensive guru brings out the best in everyone:

“I feel like that kind of energy brings the best out of people,” said Leonard. “Same with our offensive coach (Dowell Loggains) and head coach (Adam Gase) — he’s a great, passionate offensive coach — so I feel like practice is going to be really competitive and it’s going to be able to push our team.”

The Jets won just four games in 2018.