Jets head coach Adam Gase confirmed Wednesday at the NFL Combine that the team will indeed be sticking with a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who has often run a 4-3 defense.
"That's the beauty part about hiring a guy that's been around for a long time," Gase said. "He's done multiple things over his career. He's been both in the 3-4 and 4-3. The majority of snaps are nickel defense anyways. But sticking with our base being a 3-4 defense, and the reason behind that of trying to keep as many of the players that are currently here that understand that style of defense, is key for us to where now we're not completely starting over. We can keep a lot of the guys we already have."
Jets coach Adam Gase on why new DC Gregg Williams is sticking with the 3-4 defense. pic.twitter.com/SDANu2nvZh- Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) February 27, 2019
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano recently broke down how the Jets sticking to a 3-4 defense would impact their offseason plans. Keeping a 3-4 makes it more likely that the Jets will look to re-sign defensive lineman Henry Anderson.
Regarding Leonard Williams, Gase said the defensive end was always a "challenging" and "disruptive" player to face when Gase was the head coach of the Dolphins. "He fits in very well for us," Gase added.