New York Jets safety Marcus Maye calls out DC Gregg Williams for ill-fated blitz call

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Seconds from their first success, the New York Jets faced a superfluous challenge on guard – a hard and fast rush that brought about a score and a 31-28 misfortune to the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Thereafter, Jets security Marcus Maye – a group skipper – released a verbal rush on protective organizer Gregg Williams, who settled on the doomed decision on Henry Ruggs’ 46-yard scoring get with 5 seconds left.

“I just felt like we could’ve been in a superior bring in that circumstance,” Maye said.

Maye multiplied down on that feeling. All things considered, he went path past that. During his four-minute, 30-second meeting with journalists, he made eight references to how the guard should’ve been given a “superior call” on third-and-10 with 13 seconds left when the play began.

Rather than securing the end zone and the sidelines with a delicate zone, Williams – known for his forcefulness – called a Cover 0 barrage. That implied no profound assistance from a security. He sent eight rushers at quarterback Derek Carr, departing just three protectors in man-to-man inclusion.

The play call was uncommon in ongoing NFL history. As indicated by research by ESPN Stats and Information, out of the 252 pass plays endeavored under comparative conditions in the previous 15 seasons, the Jets were the main protection to send in excess of six rushers.

Two of the three protective backs left in inclusion were youngsters – cornerbacks Bryce Hall and Lamar Jackson – which intrigued the call considerably more.

Jackson, undrafted out of Nebraska, bit on a twofold move and let the quick Ruggs move beyond him. He had 2 yards of division when Carr’s pass showed up, as per NFL Next Gen Stats information – and the Raiders (7-5) had a marvel triumph.

“I was unable to accept they hard and fast blitzed us,” said Carr, who passed for 381 yards – including 200 yards and two scores to tight end Darren Waller.

It was an overwhelming misfortune for the Jets, who dropped to 0-12 and tied the longest losing streak in establishment history. They played their most impressive showing of the period , and they thought they had the success after a fourth-down stop a somewhere down in their own area with 1:37 to play.

Yet, the offense went three-and-out, permitting the Raiders to take over at their 39 with 35 seconds left. Three plays later, Carr dove deep to Ruggs.

The postgame emotions in the locker room were raw, players said. That Maye questioned his coordinator’s strategy was highly unusual, creating more turmoil for the Jets, who have been immersed in various controversies throughout the season.

“Our guys work way too hard to go through this s—,” said a disgusted Adam Gase, who dropped to 7-21 as the Jets’ coach and likely will be fired at the end of the season.

Williams wasn’t made available after the game.

Asked to explain Williams’ strategy, Gase said the goal was to create pressure on Carr, adding that Williams had “done well with it all game. That’s what happened. We had a couple of free runners, but we didn’t get there.”

Gase didn’t make a convincing defense of Williams, who is given total autonomy to run the defense.

“You’re in this league long enough, you see games like this,” Gase said. “You don’t want to be part of them, I know that.”

The Jets made only two sacks, both with four-man rushes. On the play before the Ruggs touchdown, Williams went the opposite way, dropping eight into coverage and rushing only three. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor was open in the end zone, but Carr overthrew him.

On the blitz, Jackson, starting only his fifth game, was put in “an extremely tough” situation, Maye said.

Jackson didn’t offer any excuses, and he didn’t blame anyone but himself.

“I knew it was one of those things where they were going to take a shot at the end zone,” he said. “Initially, I was getting back, getting back, getting back. It was zero coverage. Protecting the end zone was what’s important.

“The receiver gave me a nice little double move, and I kind of related to it. He’s a fast guy, and he was able to get a step on me. And that was that. … That play is not going to define me or my career.”

But it could define the Jets’ season, the worst in franchise history.

“It’s hard to fathom, losing a game like that,” said quarterback Sam Darnold, who threw two touchdowns and ran for another in his best performance of the season.

“Heartbreaking,” said running back Ty Johnson, who replaced the injured Frank Gore (concussion) and rushed for a career-high 104 yards — the first 100-yard rusher under Gase.

There were a lot of positives for the Jets, who overcame a 24-13 deficit by scoring 15 unanswered points. This was a rare chance to win. Other than a last-second loss to the New England Patriots in Week 9, they have been blown out in most games this season.

“We should’ve won,” Darnold said. “We’ve had a few games this year where we haven’t had a chance. To have a game like this, that we should’ve won at the end, those ones definitely hurt more.”


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