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4-12, 4th in AFC East
Graziano lists potential landing spots for Brown (1:09)
Jets finalizing deal to bring in Williams as DC (1:26)

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

If presumptive defensive coordinator Gregg Williams plays his usual 4-3 front, it shouldn't be that difficult to transition from the current 3-4. The one issue: They're short on DEs. Let's project five of the front seven: MLB Avery Williamson, WLB Darron Lee, SLB Jordan Jenkins, DT Leonard Williams (Nathan Shepherd), NT Mike Pennel. They don't have any experienced 4-3 DEs under contract, but they could take one with the third pick. This could hurt Henry Anderson's chances of re-signing because he's better in a 3-4. Overall, this is a solid move by the Jets. Williams will bring attitude to the defense.

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Source: Jets finalizing deal to hire Williams as DC

Gregg Williams, the former head coach of the Bills who served as interim coach of the Browns last season, will be defensive coordinator for the Jets under Adam Gase, a source told ESPN.

Stephen A. gets fired up over Gase's appearance (1:19)

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets CEO Christopher Johnson, in an interview yesterday on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN NY radio, dropped a couple of nuggets. He suggested he will tweak the team's power structure (the coach and GM both report to the owner). First, he defended the set-up, saying brother Woody Johnson wanted it this way — and he agreed. He added: "This is just the way we like to run things, but I'm going to do it a little bit differently this year than last." How? "I'm going to keep that between me and the coach and Mike (Maccagnan)." Johnson also said Woody wasn't involved in the search. He said he received a 4 a.m. email from his brother, saying, "Great choice. Great coach. I love you."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets CEO Christopher Johnson refused to issue a playoff mandate for Adam Gase in year one, despite an eight-year drought for the team. "The fans do deserve better, there's no question," Johnson said. "I do have high expectations, but there will be no playoff mandate. Absolutely not. I'll never do that." A mandate is never a good idea, especially after a 4-12 season. I mean, who does that? That said, they should make significant improvement, considering their resources (third pick and cap room). To me, there's more pressure on GM Mike Maccagnan than Gase.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

CEO Christopher Johnson on why he picked Adam Gase over Mike McCarthy: "McCarthy is terrific, absolutely. I was very impressed. Obviously, he had this incredible run with two Hall of Fame quarterbacks and with his amazing franchise in Green Bay. To me, to Mike (Maccagnan), seeing how Adam has gotten the best out of quarterbacks in different stages of their careers is vitally important, no question." (Note: McCarthy had Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers in different stages.) Johnson also said Gase made a "compelling argument" of how to handle the locker room in terms of discipline and responsibility. He added, "I'm just really convinced he's the man." Johnson refuted reports that said staffing issues detailed talks with McCarthy and Matt Rhule.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Takeaways from Adam Gase's introductory presser: He certainly didn't "win" the press conference, but the Jets, of all teams, know those victories don't mean anything in September. He said his first priority is hiring a staff. He's "excited" about working with Sam Darnold because, as he noted, he's never worked with a quarterback this young. Clearly, his background on offense was the major reason why he was hired. CEO Christopher Johnson said, "To paraphrase Wayne Gretzky, he's coaching to where football is going."

Gase excited to work with Darnold (0:39)

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

New Jets coach Adam Gase is retaining special teams coordinator Brant Boyer, a source confirmed. This is a key move for Gase. Boyer did a terrific job last season under Todd Bowles and drew interest from multiple teams, but he's getting a contract extension to stay with the Jets. Boyer coached two Pro Bowl players in 2018 — KR Andre Roberts and PK Jason Myers. (First reported by Adam Caplan of Sirius).

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

GM Mike Maccagnan, whose future with the Jets is riding on Adam Gase, described his new coach as "an experienced teacher who has a great passion for the game. His work with quarterbacks has been well-documented, but he is a good communicator who will build an excellent staff. He can't wait to get started and I'm eager to work with him as well." The Jets will introduce Gase Monday at a 2 p.m. news conference.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets CEO Christopher Johnson, announcing the hiring of Adam Gase, said Gase "will help us establish a winning program and a winning culture." The Jets confirmed that Peyton Manning called Johnson to advocate for Gase. Johnson called him "a young, creative mind, but he also has 22 years of coaching experience. He is an innovator whose path saw him succeed at both the college and the NFL levels. He has helped a number of different quarterbacks, at various stages of their careers, reach new heights. We think Sam (Darnold) will continue to develop under his tutelage, but we made the decision because of Adam's vision for the entire football team."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Baylor coach Matt Rhule, speaking publicly for the first time on the Jets' situation, strongly suggested staffing issues were a hurdle in his talks with the team. He told ESPN 1660 radio in Central Texas, "I don't want to say anything about THAT job ... (but) at the end of the day, I'm never going to be in an arranged marriage. I'm never going to sub-contract out jobs for offense and defense. I'm always going to hire people I believe in ... and are going to do things our way." The Jets made staff suggestions to Rhule, per source. He wasn't asked in the radio interview if he was offered the job.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery, who played for the Bears when Adam Gase was the OC in 2015, predicted big things for the Jets and Sam Darnold. Jeffery told NJ Advance Media, "His impact will be huge. I think Darnold will excel. Knowing the Adam Gase that I know, and the potential the Jets are looking for, I'm pretty sure Sam is going to be a Super Bowl MVP. He can win a Super Bowl. Darnold will be an MVP in this league working with Gase."

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Jets QB Sam Darnold is on board with Adam Gase, and he says the fans that don't like the hire will quickly change their mind. Darnold told ESPN: "I don't think they'll be upset when we start winning games. That's all that matters to me." Darnold, who spoke to Gase via FaceTime on Monday night, praised Gase's passion and leadership style. Said Darnold: "I'm really excited to work with him because of all the good things he's done. I just have to continue to push the guys and make them understand, hey, we're going to do things this way ... We're going to get off to a fast start, and you best believe we're going to win games doing that."

Team Stats

Passing Yards197.825th
Rushing Yards101.426th
Points For20.823rd
Points Against27.629th