Avery Williamson on Jets' purges: 'You can't control the decisions that are made upstairs'


The Jets have a plus-5 turnover ratio over the last few weeks, yet they’re still winless heading into a Week 7 showdown with Buffalo.

Generally, teams with positive turnover ratios – especially extended ones – are pretty successful, but as Avery Williamson told Joe & Evan in his weekly appearance on Tuesday, all he can do is focus on getting them, not what happens after.

“It’s definitely tough – all we can do is continue to create turnovers. We just want to get the ball back to the offense as quickly as possible,” Williamson said.

Williamson did admit, though, that the Jets defense “came out flat” against Miami this past Sunday, and unfortunately for them, even one flat drive was too many in a shutout loss. Again, all the Jets can do is live and learn, and try to correct.

“Look at any team across the league, sometimes they come out flat. We weren’t playing like we should’ve been,” Williamson said bluntly. “We have a good group, and we talked on the sidelines and figured it out – sometimes it happens, but the main thing is that we can correct our mistakes.”

Williamson brushed off any thoughts about the blowup between Adam Gase and Gregg Williams – “I stay out of the way of that and focus on football, that’s all I can control,” he said – but did reiterate that there’s no tank in J-E-T-S, even if that’s what the fans seem to want at this point.

“I’m sure people hear it, but I don’t pay attention to it. We’re not trying to lose here, we want to win games,” he said. “Me, I’m focusing on playing. Getting back this year, finally getting my shot to be out there and make noise…I just want to come out every week and do my thing, help my team try to win. There’s no need to focus on outside noise, you have to stay locked in on winning games.”

When they do play Buffalo this weekend, the Jets won’t have veteran defensive lineman Steve McLendon, who was dealt to Tampa Bay after last Sunday’s loss.

“I was shocked, I didn’t expect that to happen. Him being a leader on this team, playing with him for three years, it was tough to see him go,” Williamson said. “He’s definitely a good friend of mine, but you never know what could happen in this business; it’s the nature of the business. The main thing is that you have to make sure you’re on point at all times. Nothing is promised. You have to take advantage of situations and be ready to play.”

Could Williamson be next?

“I’m not concerned – at the end of the day, I’m going to make sure I’m focusing on playing football,” he said. “You can’t control the decisions they make upstairs, so it’s best to not even worry about them.”

Hopefully, Williamson will be around beyond the Nov. 3 trade deadline, and will get a look at someone he’s looking forward to trying to stop: Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who made his NFL debut on Sunday and is apparently going to be the Dolphins’ starter going forward.

“He’s a good dude, I got to rehab with him a bit down in Alabama this season, and he’s definitely going to be exciting to play against him next time we face Miami,” Williamson said.

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