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He's our best defender by far right now.  Build around him.  In fact, the Jets should revisit whether they should play a lot more 4-3 and keep him at 3-Technique with Foley at NT.  Let's finally draft a true edge rusher, maybe a down DE.  I don't know if that would goof up how CJ Mosley plays best (3-4 vs. 4-3) but since the DLine is a decent strength of the Jets and we've have a hard time piecing together 4 good linebackers it might be worth a lot.

An edge rusher a solid CB1 to put opposite Bryce Hall could really catapult this defense to another level.  (I wouldn't mind if Robert Saleh was here coaching them either. :P )

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6 hours ago, jetstream23 said:

He's our best defender by far right now.  Build around him.  In fact, the Jets should revisit whether they should play a lot more 4-3 and keep him at 3-Technique with Foley at NT.  Let's finally draft a true edge rusher, maybe a down DE.  I don't know if that would goof up how CJ Mosley plays best (3-4 vs. 4-3) but since the DLine is a decent strength of the Jets and we've have a hard time piecing together 4 good linebackers it might be worth a lot.

An edge rusher a solid CB1 to put opposite Bryce Hall could really catapult this defense to another level.  (I wouldn't mind if Robert Saleh was here coaching them either. :P )

Stick with 3-4.  QW has been playing really well so have Franklin Myers, Fautakasi etc

 

i don’t think Hewitt and Mosely are fast enough to play 4-3

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The Alabama football program has an identity and a process. The New England Patriots have a culture and a standard. New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams doesn’t figure that his team has any of those, and that’s why it had a 2-14 record to show for the 2020 season.

The former Alabama All-American said the Jets need to be more like the Crimson Tide and the Patriots if the NFL franchise wants to end a 10-season playoff drought in 2021.

New York doesn’t have a coach to install those things, though. The Jets fired Adam Gase soon after a 28-14 season-ending loss to New England on Jan. 3. Whoever comes to coach the Jets, Williams wants to report back after the offseason to a team that intends to hang its hat on something.

 

“When we come in next season, we’re going to be this,” Williams said. “Our culture’s going to be this. Our standard’s going to be this. Our mentality’s going to be this, and everybody buy into it and we’re going to play with it. Just like at Bama, everybody plays with their process. Everybody plays with physical toughness, commitment, effort, so they have a process. I believe the Patriots have a process. Everybody got a process and a standard. When we develop that process and standard, it’s going to be the same way. …

 

“Identity, culture, process and standard all go hand-in-hand. However you say it, everything’s all the same thing, honestly, because if you got a standard, that’s your identity. If you got a culture, that’s your identity. It all goes hand-in-hand, man. You want people to look at you and say, ‘All right, we’re going to get this from this team.’ Like when you play Bama, we’re going to get this from Bama. You’re going to get a hard-nosed football team. We’re going to run the ball. We’re going to be dominant on defense. You want a team to look at you and know what you’re going to get from them and be consistent in what you do.”

 

Williams considers this especially important for the Jets defense. New York’s defensive showing late in the season buoyed Williams, as the Jets won two of their final three games by yielding an average of 21.3 points after giving up an average of 30.2 in losing the previous 13.

 

“The main thing I feel like we need as a defense is just a mentality, like a standard, a culture,” Williams said. “You could definitely see that culture coming with the young guys who we have now. That mentality with the young guys coming in, who’re getting their feet wet in the NFL, who stepped up big like Bryce Hall, Lamar Jackson, Ashtyn Davis and just a few other guys, like (former St. Paul’s Episcopal standout) Bryce Huff, Jabari (Zuniga), like a lot of young guys, me, Foley.

“We’re all young, so the main thing I think next year that we got to establish as being third-year players and fourth-year players is just a defensive culture, man, because you got like the New York Sack Exchange, who had all these sacks and them guys were being known for their defense.”

 

Williams missed the final two games of the season with a neck injury, but his stats took a jump over his rookie figures. After joining the Jets as the third player picked in the 2019 NFL Draft, The former Wenonah High School star had 28 tackles, four tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, six quarterback hits, one pass defended and one fumble recovery as a rookie. In 2020, Williams had 55 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, seven sacks, 14 quarterback hits, three passes defended and two forced fumbles. He played in 13 games in each season.

“I had a great season, man,” Williams said at his postseason press conference. “I had got to where I wanted to be. Like coming through the offseason, I thought I had a horrible first season in my own mind. But just going into the offseason, I wanted to do a lot of things to change my body and become the player I know I can be, the player I want to be, and I feel like I took that step this season. This season I did a lot of things right, a lot of things wrong that I can fix also, and I can become a better player for next season, so I got a lot of new goals, a lot of new things I want to do and I want to become, so when this third season come around I know I can be the best player I can be and the best player the team want me to be.”

 

Williams said his goal for this offseason is to get stronger.

 

“I feel like all the best interior pass rushers in the NFL are known for their strength,” Williams said. “Like, Aaron Donald, Chris Jones, Fletcher Cox are known for their strength, so I feel like I got to get on their level strength-wise, to become stronger so I can be inside that caliber and level of play.”

 

Just because he was happier with his play in 2020 than he was with his 2019 performance doesn’t mean Williams is satisfied.

 

“I don’t think there is a ceiling,” Williams said of his future. “I think I got a lot of leeway to grow into. I got a lot of things to hit. I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface yet because all the things I did this year may be good and everything, but I know a lot of stuff I can think about off the top of my head that I did wrong. I left a lot of plays out there, a lot of missed tackles that I was supposed to have, a lot of tackles for loss. In general, man, a lot of flags I got that could have been sacks and things like that that I wish I could really get back. On to the next season, I got an even bigger chip on my shoulder that I clean up those things so I can become a better player, an even more dominant player.”

Williams declined to comment on the Jets parting way with Gase.

 

“That’s out of my pay grade, out of my leeway to comment on that,” Williams said. “Things like that, that’s from upstairs. I just want to see the team win. I want to be in the best position to help this team win. I can only control what I can control. I can only do what I can do, and that’s go out there every Sunday and put my best foot forward and play my best football.”

 

Head-coaching candidates known to have been interviewed by the Jets include Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady, Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, New Orleans Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn, former Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith and Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley to fill Gase’s position.

 

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