NY Jets: How can Gregg Williams mask the loss of Jamal Adams?

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How will NY Jets’ defensive coordinator make up for the loss of star safety Jamal Adams?

There’s no denying that former NY Jets‘ safety Jamal Adams is one of the best defensive players in the NFL and when a team trades a player like that away, there is a huge hole to fill.

The job of making up for the loss of Adams will primarily fall on the shoulders of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

In his first year with the team, Williams led the Jets defense to become one of the most underrated units in the league despite injuries to many of their top players.

C.J. Mosley missed almost the entire year, Avery Williamson never saw a regular-season snap, and even Adams missed a bit of time due to injury.

Mosley has opted out of the upcoming season providing yet another obstacle for Williams and the defense to overcome. So how does Williams make up for the loss of Adams without his star linebacker?

With the NY Jets losing Jamal Adams and C.J. Mosley, what will Gregg Williams do?

The biggest thing that Williams can do is to blitz — a lot! Complex blitz packages are something Williams is known for. It will be even more important this year because the Jets do not really have anybody who can provide consistent pressure off the edge.

Adams will be missed when pressuring the quarterback but the Jets can make up for it by simply overwhelming the opposing team’s offensive line.

While the secondary is not incredible, some subtle improvements will make it easier for Williams to send complex blitzes at the opposing offense.

Adams’ overall aggressive play and passion for the game will also be missing this season, so making a lot of impact-plays in the backfield will be necessary in order to get the energy going for this team. Who better to do this than second-year player Quinnen Williams.

Williams, the third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, was underwhelming in his rookie season. If the Jets are going to make up for the loss of Adams, they are going to need to find new stars within their own roster and Quinnen Williams makes the most sense.

Gregg Williams is also known for rotating lineman in and out of the game, but he may need to make an exception for Quinnen Williams. The 22-year-old lineman out of Alabama was thought to be the most talented player in his draft class by some and he still has the potential to be that.

If Williams can eat some blocks in the run game and allow the linebackers to take care of business, as well as put pressure on the quarterback, it will do wonders for a Jets defense that lost its best player from last season.

Ultimately, the Jets won’t be able to completely replace Adams this year, he is just too good.

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But what Gregg Williams can do is crowd the box and overwhelm the opposing offensive line thus streamlining Quinnen Williams’ development in an effort to create another star defensive player for the Jets coaching staff to work with.