Gregg Williams


Report: Gregg Williams Being Considered For Jets Defensive Coordinator Job

Vance Joseph Also A Possibility

January 10, 2019 - 9:28 am


As new Jets head coach Adam Gase begins to assemble his staff, a couple of big names have emerged as defensive coordinator candidates.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday morning that Gregg Williams is under consideration for the job. Williams served as the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator the past two seasons and then as interim head coach for eight games this season after head coach Hue Jackson was fired. After starting 2-5-1, the Browns won five of their eight games under Williams to finish 7-8-1, the team's best record in 11 years.

MORE: Boomer Esiason Shares Conversation He Had With Jets CEO About Adam Gase Hire

The Browns relieved Williams of his duties Wednesday shortly after reportedly promoting interim offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to head coach.

Williams, 60, also has been the defensive coordinator with the Titans, Bills, Redskins, Jaguars, Saints and Rams, and he was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2001-03, going 17-31.

Williams coached two defenses to Super Bowls -- the Titans in 1999 and the Saints in 2009 -- and led six defenses to top-10 rankings. His defense in Cleveland this past season, however, was the third-to-worst unit in the league.

Williams was a central figure in the Saints' "Bountygate" scandal, which led to him being suspended for the 2012 season.

Another "strong possibility" for the Jets at defensive coordinator is former Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.

MORE: Who Is Adam Gase? 5 Things To Know About The New Jets Coach

Joseph, 46, was fired earlier this month after going 11-21 in two years in Denver. Prior to then, he was the Dolphins' defensive coordinator under Gase.

Joseph is a candidate for the head coaching job with the Cincinnati Bengals.

On the other side of the ball, Dowell Loggains, Gase's offensive coordinator in Miami this season, is expected to join Gase in the same role in New York, according to multiple reports.