NY Jets’ defensive coordinator Gregg Williams told reporters that he has Jamal Adams’ back.
The former sixth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has been outspoken about his desire for a contract extension this offseason. The Jets, however, have insisted that they have no intention of extending him until the following offseason.
That’s the simplistic explanation of what’s going on. But quite frankly, we’ve talked about it so much at this point that there’s no need to reiterate.
Adams wants out. The Jets don’t plan on trading him. That’s where we’re at right now.
But the two-time Pro Bowler did receive some support from his organization on Thursday when defensive coordinator Gregg Williams spoke about him in an interview with SNY.
Williams said that he “has his back” with everything that’s going on and that “you never mess with a guy’s contract.” He later went on to say that he thinks the “world” of Adams and that he “can’t wait to coach him again.”
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What should we make of Gregg Williams’ comments about Jamal Adams’ situation with the NY Jets?
While some might just view these as simple comments supporting a player, this can be perceived as a pretty important development. Williams is showing support for Adams who has been outspoken against general manager Joe Douglas and the Jets organization.
And as per a recent report from Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News, Adams’ issues with the team also extend to head coach Adam Gase.
Either way, Williams showing public support for Adams is the first instance of any current member of the organization doing so in an explicit manner. And the fact that it came from his defensive coordinator makes it even more interesting.
Williams and Adams are cut from the same mold — they get each other. From an on-field standpoint, Adams is everything Williams looks for in a player. And personality-wise, they share plenty of similarities.
Williams still clearly hopes that he’ll be coaching Adams again when the 2020 NFL season kicks off. It remains to be seen if Adams will change his mind and share his sentiment.