Jets defensive coordinator appears to throw offense under the bus


The Jets appear to be devolving into finger-pointing amid an ugly 0-5 start to the 2020 season.

Gang Green has been forgettable in all facets of the game so far -- but veteran defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is apparently taking exception to the suggestion that his unit has been especially bad.

Asked Friday about the Jets' much-maligned defense, Williams told reporters he was "sick" about the unit allowing over 30 points per game -- but it wasn't entirely their fault.

Prompted to elaborate, Williams declined, offering instead a wry "figure it out."

The Jets have been just as bad on offense as they have been on defense -- and by many measures, worse.

Gang Green ranked dead last in the league in points per game and total points heading into their Week 6 matchup against the division-rival Dolphins.

Not only has the offense failed to take the pressure off the defense, it has also consistently lost the field-position battle, turned the ball over in their own territory, and even put points on the board for the opposition with two pick-sixes and a safety.

The analytics site Football Outsiders pegged the Jets' offense as No. 28 in the league, while the defense was rated No. 24.

While Williams has a point about being setting up to fail by the offense, his unit has been far from even adequate, and worse still it has shot itself in the foot by playing undisciplined and out-of-control.

The Jets easily could have won their Week 4 contest against the Broncos and third-string QB Brett Rypien -- but a whopping six personal fouls committed by Williams' defense were a big factor in giving Denver second chances when it appeared drives had stalled.

Williams, long regarded as an outspoken top defensive coach with a renegade streak, was the alleged ringleader of the New Orleans Saints' "bountygate" scandal when he was defensive coordinator there.

It's not hard to read Williams' comment as a critique of head coach Adam Gase, who calls the offensive plays and has a pedigree as an offensive coordinator.

The recent release of Le'Veon Bell appeared to finally alleviate a major point of contention in the Jets' locker room. But there may be more yet to come.

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