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Report: Jets On Verge Of Hiring Gregg Williams As Defensive Coordinator

January 11, 2019 - 1:51 pm


It hasn’t been officially announced yet, but Adam Gase will soon be named as the next head coach of the New York Jets.

Gase has spent the last three seasons in Miami and takes over after four years of Todd Bowles. The Jets wanted someone who can develop Sam Darnold into a franchise QB, so they chose Gase, who is known as an offensive specialist.

Now, Gase is reportedly close to making his first hire to help him with the defensive side of the game. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Jets are in talks with Gregg Williams about their defensive coordinator opening.

Williams started the season as the Browns’ defensive coordinator, but he was then elevated to be their interim head coach after the organization fired Hue Jackson. Cleveland finished the season 5-3 under Williams’ command.

The 60-year-old has been around the NFL for a while. His first job was in 1990 as a defensive assistant with the Houston Oilers. Williams has spent time with various other teams in the league, including the Saints. During his time in New Orleans he was found culpable in the “Bountygate” scandal and was subsequently suspended indefinitely from the league, only to be reinstated after missing one season.

Williams also was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2001-03, going 17-31.

Former Broncos head coach Vance Joseph had also reportedly been in the running for the Jets’ opening, but he will reportedly take the DC job in Arizona instead.