Jets fire defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after legendarily awful loss to Raiders

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The New York Jets have fired a coach. No, not that one.

The team announced on Monday that it fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, which NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported earlier in the day.

The Jets have named assistant head coach Frank Bush as interim defensive coordinator.

New York fired Williams less than 24 hours after his final play call against the Las Vegas Raiders cost the Jets their first win of the season. With just 13 seconds left and the Jets up by four points, Williams called an all-out blitz. That meant only one Jet was covering Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs, who easily outran his coverage and caught a deep ball from quarterback Derek Carr for a 46-yard game-winning touchdown.

It was a crushing loss for the Jets, and players on both teams were baffled by Williams’ final play call.

“I couldn't believe they all-out blitzed us,” Carr said after the game.

"We have to execute, but you have to help us out at the same time," Jets safety Marcus Maye said.

Even head coach Adam Gase, who has coached the Jets to an incredible 0-12 record, said to the media that the players “deserve better than that.”

Williams, 62, has been coaching in the NFL since 1990, most often as a defensive coordinator. He was the DC for the 2017 Cleveland Browns, the second team in NFL history to go 0-16. His firing means that he’ll avoid being employed by the Jets when they possibly become the third 0-16 team in NFL history, but nothing can erase his 28-game tenure with the Jets.

Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams walks off the field following the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams walks off the field following a game against the Buffalo Bills. (Photo by Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

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