The New York Jets are hiring Gregg Williams as their defensive coordinator, joining the staff of new head coach Adam Gase, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Jets finalizing deal with former Browns’ interim HC Gregg Williams to become their defensive coordinator, per source. Williams was the defensive coordinator the Jets were targeting no matter who their HC was; they got their man.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2019
Williams was let go by the Cleveland Browns after the regular season, and Gase was fired by the Miami Dolphins following a disappointing 7-9 campaign. Now, the Jets have a veteran coach in Williams to try and help them get back to the winning ways.
The 60-year-old Williams replaces Kacy Rodgers as New York's defensive coordinator. The latter held the role from 2015-18, but he was hired to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive line after the regular season.
Williams was defensive coordinator of the Browns for the 2017 and '18 seasons. He was named interim head coach midway through this season, following the firing of Hue Jackson. The Browns went 5-3 under Williams, who helped rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield make significant progress throughout the second half.
But the Browns decided not to bring back Williams, despite the promising end to 2018. They named offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens as the new head coach, and hired Steve Wilks - fired by the Arizona Cardinals after the regular season - as the new defensive coordinator.
The Jets have some big-time talents on defense, led by safety Jamal Adams and pass rushing sensation Leonard Williams. New York can bolster their unit even more with the No. 4 pick in this year's draft.
New York hasn't made the playoffs since the 2010 season, but with Gase and Williams forming a new coaching staff, there's good reason to believe the Jets will start showing progress in 2019.
What This Means
Williams has one of the most impressive resumes when it comes to defensive coordinators across the NFL. The Jets are looking to take their unit to another level in 2019, so the hiring of Williams makes all the sense in the world here. We'll see if he can find a way to help them grow more in 2019.