MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 18: Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams of the New York Jets looks on against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
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The New York Jets have reportedly fired Gregg Williams in the wake of the Henry Ruggs III miracle at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

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The New York Jets have fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Williams’s firing comes a day after the debacle against the Las Vegas Raiders. A Henry Ruggs III miracle with just five seconds to go in regulation caused controversy to the point of intentional tanking claims.

With 13 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, Derek Carr and the Raiders needed a touchdown. At the Jets’ 46-yard line, the Raiders had no timeouts, which meant only a miracle would suffice.

That miracle happened.

Williams sent a heavy blitz with a Cover 0 look behind it. Lamar Jackson went for the Ruggs stutter-step and the rest is history. While the play-call itself was incredibly awful, the idea that the man was intentionally tanking the Jets remains lunacy until proven otherwise. Throughout his three-decade history in this league, Williams has constantly sent pressure when things mattered most.

Over the past 15 seasons, when looking at 252 similar instances, this was the only time a defensive coordinator sent more than six rushers, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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Williams came to the Jets with Adam Gase prior to the 2019 season. It was a shotgun wedding that saw two coaches come together in a way that formed sort of a dual-head coaching situation.

Inside linebackers coach Frank Bush will take over as defensive coordinator for the remainder of the season, according to The Athletic’s Connor Hughes.


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