Jets fire defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in his second season

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The New York Jets have fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. He was in his second season with the team.

Williams firing comes after a very questionable call on Sunday. He called a Cover 0 blitz late against the Las Vegas Raiders at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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The Jets were leading 28-24 when Williams called the Cover 0 blitz with less than 15 seconds left in the game. As a result of the call, Derek Carr hit Henry Riggs III for the game-winning 46-yard touchdown reception.

“Dumbest call I’ve ever seen,” former NFL head coach Rex Ryan said on ESPN’s Get Up on Monday morning. “I’ve been around the game for 58 years, including 30 years as a coach. That’s the dumbest call ever. There’s no other way of putting it. There’s a time and a place for Cover 0. That thing sure ain’t it. It’s just stupid.”

There has been 251 pass attempts of 46-yards to the end zone since the 2006 season with a team trailing by 4-8 points in the final 15 seconds. However, before Sunday, none of them had six pass rushers or more.

It’ll be interesting to see if Williams will get another job in the league. Or if the former bounty gate culprit is done in the league for good.

The 62-year-old has bounced around in the NFL since 1990. He spent his first 11 seasons with the Tennessee Titans franchise before bouncing around since 2000.

Outside of being the Buffalo Bills head coach for two-plus seasons, Williams has only had one stop over that time, where he has stayed for more than three seasons. He was the Washington Redskins (now the Washington Football Team) assistant head coach and defensive coordinator from 2004 through 2007.

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