Jets ‘crazy’ coaches having trickle-down effect on players
There has certainly been no shortage of headlines surrounding the New York Jets this offseason. Fortunately, the reported drama does not appear to be having an effect on the field.
While OTAs can be somewhat rudimentary for most players, the Jets have managed to produce a competitive atmosphere thanks to their new coaches. According to Dennis Waszak Jr. of the Associated Press, defensive end Leonard Williams says the fire between head coach Adam Gase and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has helped kick things up a notch for the players:
“That’s one thing I’ve been loving so much about this year so far is the competitiveness, and it starts with the coaches,” defensive end Leonard Williams said Wednesday. “Adam Gase is a crazy offensive coordinator and Gregg (Williams) is obviously a crazy D-coordinator. So, having those two go at it in practice, it kind of trickles down to the players, and the players go at it, too.
Williams clarified that it is a healthy competition.
“But it’s in a healthy way. Just a competition, getting better.”
It is certainly encouraging to see that all the new faces seem to be blending in well together. There had been plenty of speculation regarding the reports surrounding the arrival of Gase and all the significant changes that have been made this offseason. While rumors suggest the new coach has had a negative effect on his players, it appears to be quite the opposite.
Gase and Williams happen to be two of the more expressive coaches in the league. So it should come as no surprise to see that their banter has trickled down to their players. Although the Jets may have made some significant changes this offseason, there is plenty of optimism about a potential resurgence in the 2019 NFL season.
While it is nice to see that the coaches have instilled some healthy competition between the offense and the defense, they will need to ensure that their players are not risking any injury while doing so.