Jets fire defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after collapse costs them 1st win

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Adam Gase thoroughly considered the last anguishing snapshots of the Jets’ dazzling misfortune and attempted to not settle on an imprudent choice.

The lead trainer got a tad of rest before he made a beeline for the group’s office Monday morning — with a similar end he had Sunday night: Defensive facilitator Gregg Williams needed to go.

“I just felt like that was the best thing for our group pushing ahead,” Gase said during a telephone call. “Hierarchically, we had a conversation toward the beginning of today and we felt like this was the best move to make.”

Williams was terminated after he mysteriously required a hard and fast barrage against Las Vegas on Sunday with the Jets seconds from their first triumph. Derek Carr hurled a completely positioned 46-yard score pass to Henry Ruggs III — who was in man-to-man, or Cover Zero, inclusion with new kid on the block cornerback Lamar Jackson — with five seconds left to lift the Raiders to a 31-28 success.

The choice was exceptionally scrutinized by fans, media and even his players. It left the Jets’ players, who just minutes sooner were celebrating what had all the earmarks of being a success, in stun on the sideline.

The group reported it had “headed out in different directions” with Williams and associate lead trainer/inside linebackers mentor Frank Bush would fill in as the between time cautious facilitator.

“I clearly was troubled about that call,” a dismal sounding Gase said. “That was a lamentable route for our folks to lose a game. For that to occur in that circumstance, it’s simply … we can’t have that occur.”

Gase said he talked with CEO Christopher Johnson, head supervisor Joe Douglas and group President Hymie Elhai about what he thought should be done — and they concurred it was all in all correct to settle on the choice. Gase then educated Williams regarding the choice during an almost hour-significant conversation.

“Obviously, he wasn’t happy,” Gase said. “But, that’s our profession.”

Team captain Marcus Maye took a swipe at Williams after the game, saying that the defense should have been in a better call in that situation. Gase insisted Maye’s comments didn’t play a role in the firing.

Gase was surprised to hear the play call by Williams, and acknowledged he has authority to overrule the defensive coordinator — but did not.

“I wish I would’ve,” Gase said. “Sometimes during a game, you’re talking through a bunch of situations and that comes up. I wish I would’ve called timeout, but I didn’t.”

Williams, 62, had been the Jets’ defensive coordinator the past two seasons under Gase. The two had a minor clash this season when Williams said the Jets’ scoring average on defense wasn’t all on his unit — implying Gase’s struggling offense was also to blame.

Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams seemed to take exception to the defensive coordinator’s firing, using five facepalm emojis in a quote tweet of ESPN’s tweet announcing the move.

Gregg Williams has had several stops through the NFL in a 30-year career, including with New Orleans, where he was suspended a year by the league in 2012 for his role in the Saints’ bounty scandal.

Briefly: The Cowboys placed offensive lineman Zack Martin on injured reserve with a calf injury, sidelining the four-time All-Pro for at least three of the five remaining games. … The NFL suspended Tennessee defensive end Teair Tart and Cincinnati strong safety Shawn Williams for stepping on opponents Sunday.

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