NY Jets’ head coach Adam Gase admitted on Monday that he fired Gregg Williams.
The NY Jets officially decided to fire defensive coordinator Gregg Williams following the team’s Week 13 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. And now we know that the man behind that decision was head coach Adam Gase.
Gase spoke to reporters on Monday following the team’s 12th straight loss to begin the season and he was expectedly asked plenty of questions about Williams’ premature departure.
When asked who made the final decision to fire Williams, Gase paused for a moment before replying with an abrupt “I did.”
He insisted that he consulted with general manager Joe Douglas, team president Hymie Elhai, and owner Christopher Johnson and that they all came to a mutual agreement. And that was that Williams should be fired.
This comes on the heels of a controversial call that Williams made in Sunday afternoon’s defeat. Trailing by four points with 13 seconds to play, the Raiders had no timeouts and needed to travel 40 yards — virtually an impossible situation.
But rather than play prevent defense and try to limit the possibility for a big play, Williams sent the house on a Cover Zero blitz leaving just three men in coverage. The gamble predictably didn’t pay off.
Rookie Henry Ruggs burnt past undrafted rookie cornerback Lamar Jackson for the 40-yard game-winning touchdown. And with that very play, Williams’ fate was sealed.
NY Jets’ head coach Adam Gase expressed his frustration with Gregg Williams’ call
Gase reiterated his stance on the play call insisting that the Jets “had to do something different there” and that he “obviously wasn’t happy” about the decision.
When asked why he didn’t overrule the play or call a timeout, Gase replied “I wish I would have.” Evidently, Gase wasn’t holding anything back now that Williams was no longer in Florham Park.
The fact that Gase is the one who made this decision shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone seeing as though he is the head coach. None of this should indicate to anyone that Gase has even a sliver of hope to return next season.
Gase and the remainder of the coaching staff will be fired at the end of the season. There is, for all intents and purposes, a 100 percent guarantee of that happening.
That goes for new interim defensive coordinator Frank Bush, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, and yes, even Adam Gase himself.
The decision to fire Williams will be all but meaningless in just a few weeks’ time when the entire coaching staff is ousted.
But for now, it’s Gase calling the shots. And evidently, firing Gregg Williams was one of those shots.