The Jets defense gave up 31 points to a 49ers offense that was missing George Kittle from the start, and that saw Jimmy Garoppolo, Raheem Mostert and Tevin Coleman all go out at some point with injuries.
That's not what you want to see out of your defense, especially when it is literally your defense. And yet, that's what DC Gregg Williams saw on Sunday.
After the game, two disgruntled members of the defense pointed to the way the team is practicing during the week as to why they've struggled two weeks into the season. But Williams disagrees with their points.
"We only have, wherever I've been, two tempos. That's walk through and goes," Williams said Friday morning. "We don't do 3/4ths. We don't do half speed... If it's not go, you stand by me, or they become you all's intern cause that is how it is. That's how we practice on defense. ...Those guys whether it was misunderstood, they are taking ownership. Especially after a game, like we all do. Me first, then them. We practice very hard.
"It's shocking when other people come into wherever this staff is, when they've been allowed to do certain things a certain way other places, that's not what we do here."
After Sunday's loss, safety Bradley McDougald had said it "all goes back to practice."
"We’ve had some slow practices and it correlates to the game," McDougald said. "We need to have a complete, full week of just great practices. I don’t think we’ve had that yet. As soon as we realize that and hone on in to how important practice is and come out and win at practice then it will translate to the games on Sunday."
"We’ve yet to have one complete dominating week in practice. Until we can dominate in practice Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday is going to be a toss-up.”
After McDougald's statements were taken as jabs at Williams and Adam Gase, he clarified that his remarks were pointed at the players, not the coaches.
“I said we, we as players, we’re the ones that are on the field, we’re the ones that’s going through the plays,” McDougald said Wednesday. “We step on the field on Sundays to play. My comments weren’t pointing the finger at anyone because I feel like this is a collective effort to turn this ship around. I’m not coming for my coaches. Our coaches do a great job preparing us. We’re all in this together.”
McDougald was brought over to New York from Seattle as a part of the Jamal Adams trade this offseason, so it's possible the differing practice style is taking him some time to adjust to.
But Avery Williamson, who's been with the Jets since 2018, said he can agree with McDougald's statements at times.
"Sometimes in practice, guys are missing tackles or we’re not doing things right, we haven’t been as crisp as we should be at times," Williamson said during an interview on "Joe and Evan" on WFAN on Tuesday. "Or starting fast – he’s definitely correct that at times, we don’t start fast at practice. We haven’t the last two weeks, but that’s something we have to fix ourselves, because you can’t come out sluggish in games and expect to win. It’s tough to recover when a team you’re playing is that good."
On a day like Sunday when the Jets offense will be dealing with a number of injuries, the defense will be looked to even more so to pick up the slack, so it'll be interesting to see how the team deals with everything on it's plate — all while facing a potential 0-3 hole.