If you go to Jets’ camp, Gregg Williams is worth the piece of admission.
The new Jets’ defensive coordinator – known for his combative and unorthodox style – doesn’t mince his words or intentions.
On an early August morning, Williams is barking at players with some expletives minced in, and he is constantly calling out changing defenses as well.
It is a constant series of adjustments in personnel, blitz packages and alignments.
You can’t help but hear him. It is the unbridled enthusiasm that has been missing from a former rather docile camp.
On a late four-down drive before practice broke, Williams’ defense – filled with various substitutions – shut down both Sam Darnold and Le’Vean Bell.
The Jets’ defense notably has a renewed sense of confidence and a more aggressive style. And Williams has been the trigger.
The Jets did their part by adding playmaker linebacker CJ Mosely and drafting lineman Quinnen Williams, who they believe has a high ceiling.
Outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins, who led the team with seven sacks last year, can appreciate Williams’ presence.
“I love Gregg,” boasted Jenkins. “He’s a creative aggressive guy. He’s straight with you and he’s not going to sugar coat anything.
“He can draw the best out of you and he’s going to push you. He’ll bring out a controlled aggression from everyone that will benefit the team.”
Quarterback Sam Darnold got a first-hand look at Williams’ defensive when the second-year quarterback faced the then Browns’ defensive coordinator. Darnold was 15-for-31 for 169 yards with two interceptions, both of which came over the game’s final 90 seconds. It was the game in which Baker Mayfield led a second-half comeback and took over the reins.