Tensions are rising within the New York Jets.
On Friday, defense co-ordinator Greg Williams fired a veiled shot at coach Adam Gaze’s foul, suggesting the defensive struggles were not entirely the fault of the defense.
The 0-5 planes that face the Miami Dolphins on Sunday allowed 32.2 points per game, worse than any team except the Dallas Cowboys.
“It’s not a very good number – and a lot of it is not all in defense,” Williams said after training on Friday. “The points are on the board and we have to do a good job with that, and how you do it is to make them kick more goals on the field, they have to do a better job in things like the field.
“As you can see, the result is growing in the league, but I̵
Seven words hung in the air: “Many of them are not all in defense.” When asked what he meant by that, Williams was confused.
“You will have to understand it,” he said, ending his video conversation with reporters.
The battled Gaze could not comment, as he had already spoken to reporters.
Williams probably refers to the fact that the violation is responsible for 12 allowed points – two interceptions of Sam Darnold returned for touchdowns in a loss from Week 3 of the Indianapolis Colts.
The offense also made it difficult for the defense, averaging just 15 points per game and ranking close to the bottom of the league in total yards and possession time.
But Williams’ unit didn’t do much better, giving 394 yards per game and finishing third in third-place defense.
“We are in some unfortunate situations when it comes to the situation on the pitch,” said Bradley McDougall.
“At the end of the day, our job is to get out there and prevent points,” he added. “We just have to go out there and do more plays.”
It was a turbulent week for the Jets, who released Le’Veon Bell after clashing with Gase for more than a year and complaining about his role.
Gas has narrow lips after the removal of Bell. He declined to comment on Friday when asked about Bell’s signing with the Kansas City bosses.
“Focusing on Miami, man,” he said.