Jets DL Leonard Williams says new defensive coordinator brings the fire

New York Jets Leonard Williams (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
New York Jets Leonard Williams (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

The New York Jets have a new defensive coordinator in Gregg Williams, and veteran defensive lineman Leonard Williams loves the energy he brings to the team.

There’s no denying the talent the Jets have on defense, but their new scheme could help them reach their full potential in 2019 and beyond.

At the helm of that playbook is Gregg Williams, a veteran NFL defensive coordinator with head coaching experience, who brings an aggressive style to both the field and the classroom.

For defensive lineman Leonard Williams, his new coach is already reminding him of one of his favorites from his time at USC (via team reporter Olivia Landis):

I love his style. He flies around with a bunch of energy, and he’s really enthusiastic. One person I I compare him to all the time is Coach (Ed) Orgeron, just because he was one of my favorite coaches, growing up and in college. The reason he was one of my favorites is because he was so fired up all the time that it brought the fire out of me. When I see my coach fired up, I’m like, ‘Yeah, let’s go!’ It’s cool to see that out of Gregg, too.

Heading into a contract year, Williams is hoping to play the best football of his career in 2019, which would result in a lucrative long-term extension, either with the Jets or elsewhere. Williams’ aggressive style of defense could be exactly what Williams needs to unlock his potential at a crucial time in his young career.

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With other defensive stars like safety Jamal Adams, linebacker C.J. Mosley, and No. 3 overall pick Quinnen Williams playing alongside him, Williams and the Jets defense should have their best season in years this time around.

With this new defense and coordinator, they should also be one entertaining group to watch on a weekly basis.

What are you most looking forward to about the new Jets defense? Can Gregg Williams get the most out of his talented group of defenders? Give us your take in the comment section!