Jets head coach Adam Gase addressed the firing of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams speaking to the media on Monday.
Gase, claiming it was his decision, says he discussed it with GM, prez and CEO this morning. All in agreement, he says. #Jets— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) December 7, 2020
Let me just point out that it is a bit odd the team president was part of this decision. The team president is responsible for the business side of the operation, not what happens on the field.
Adam Gase said “I relieved Gregg Williams of his duties as DC .. I believe this is the best move for our team moving forward.” #Jets— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) December 7, 2020
#Jets HC Adam Gase said it was his decision to fire Gregg Williams.— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) December 7, 2020
On the call yesterday
“Obviously, I was not happy with that call.”
Gase on why he didn't over-ruled call: "I wish I would've ... I wish I would've called timeout, but I didn't." #Jets— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) December 7, 2020
This was not a good answer. The truth is there is no good answer for Gase especially if Mike Silver’s reporting is accurate.
3) Gase was in a discussion with another coach when he heard "Zero" over his headset--indicating a Cover-Zero scheme without a safety--and was shocked. As he turned to the field to react, the Raiders were snapping the ball...— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) December 7, 2020
When the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl to the Patriots because of a bad play call offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was criticized, but so was head coach Pete Carroll. When the game is on the line, the head coach shares the responsibility for the calls.
Gase is the head coach. If he doesn’t like the call on a game deciding play, it’s his job to change it. Wishing after the fact isn’t good enough. Williams deserves blame. So does Gase. I hope somebody will follow up on Silver’s report and ask what conversation prevented him from paying attention to Williams’ call until it was too late.
Fortunately for the Jets, losing is more beneficial than winning at this point, but this game provided another clear insight into the inadequacies of the coaching staff. That starts at the top.