Gregg Williams vaguely points finger as Jets’ dysfunction deepens
Gregg Williams doesn’t believe his defense deserves all the criticism for its inability to keep teams from lighting up the scoreboard. But he wouldn’t say who does.
While acknowledging that the Jets need to do a better job of holding teams to field goals and cutting down on big plays, the defensive coordinator said “a lot of is not all defensively.” Yet when asked who’s responsible, Williams declined to say.
“You’ll have to figure that out,” he said.
His defense has been a mess all year, allowing 32.2 points per game, tied for the second-worst figure in the NFL, and has allowed the sixth-most yards at 394.2 per game. The Jets’ anemic offense obviously hasn’t helped matters. It is last in the league in scoring at 15 points per game and has put the defense in difficult positions. Opposing offenses are starting their average drives on their own 31-yard-line, which is No. 27 in the league. In a 36-7 loss to the Colts on Sept. 27, the Jets offense was responsible for 16 points — two pick-six interceptions and a safety.
“Not a very good number and a lot of it is not all defensively,” Williams said of the alarming points per game allowed. “But it’s not a very good number. … As you see the scoring is up in the league, but it still makes me sick.”
Not sick enough to take all the blame, apparently. The Jets haven’t even faced a top-10 scoring offense this year and are getting shredded anyway, having allowed 37 points to the Broncos’ 28th-ranked scoring attack and 31 points to the 49ers’ 18th-ranked offense. The schedule actually gets tougher for the defense, with games against high-powered offenses such as the Browns, Seahawks and Chiefs.
Going winless for the first time in franchise history isn’t the only unwanted record the Jets could set this year. They allowed a franchise-record 30.9 points per game in 1975, a number they are on pace to surpass this season.
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