Gregg Williams
Gregg Williams

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The first time Gregg Williams stood in front of the Jets' defense after a practice, some of his players were shell-shocked. He was loud. He was harsh. He was brutally honest.

He didn't care if any of his players were embarrassed or hurt. In fact, that was the point.

And nobody was spared.

 

"I think it's great, the fact that sensitivity is out the window," said Jets coach Adam Gase. "He's not afraid to say anything to anyone. I think guys are hardened to it, and that's a good thing. We all get criticized in this business, we all get picked apart, and you have to have thick skin. And by doing that at least it's holding guys accountable. There are no sacred cows."

"He says what guys need to hear," added linebacker Jordan Jenkins. "He's not going to sugarcoat it. He's not going to baby you. He's not going to belittle you. He's going to treat you like a man, and you have to respond like a man. And that's it."

Well, that's not all of it when it comes to the 61-year-old Williams, the most important and perhaps riskiest addition to Gase's first Jets staff. He may be one of the most brilliant defensive minds in the NFL, but he's a controversial man, an intense personality, and most definitely an acquired taste. He became infamous for the BountyGate scandal in New Orleans, when the NFL suspended him for allegedly running a "bounty" program that paid his players for, among other things, injuring opponents.

But his current players don't need financial incentives to get his direct message. He wants them to play hard, play fast, and do whatever it takes -- even in practice. Everything is a competition. Every day, every moment, needs to be won.

And if not ... well, be prepared to hear about it, loudly. If a player doesn't like it? Too bad. No matter who he is.

"Gregg's not shy about saying anything to anyone," Gase said. "If something occurs on the field that he wants to make the correction, he's not afraid to tell him."

"It's been that way for my whole life -- I say what I mean, and I mean what I say," Williams said. "You can't BS players. You can't BS that. It has to be an everyday thing. And the thing that is easily convinced when you go to a new place is find the best guy there and make him do it. Then everybody else says, 'Uh oh.'

"Yep. 'Uh oh.' Mom and Dad didn't make you do that stuff. Mom and Dad couldn't play either."


Hiring Williams on Jan. 16 was a gutsy move for Gase. There isn't a higher-profile assistant coach in the entire league. Adding to that juice, Williams has a clear desire to be a head coach again -- a position he hasn't held since 2003 in Buffalo. He was the interim head coach in Cleveland last season when Hue Jackson was fired, but he was passed over for the permanent job when Freddie Kitchens was hired instead.

That's an imposing figure to have over a new head coach's shoulder, but Gase knew the risk had a huge reward. Gase is an offensive coach, convinced he can transform the Jets into a high-scoring juggernaut. But he needed someone who could match his expertise from the other side.

There's no doubt, that's exactly what Williams does.

"I told him the first day I met him, 'You're a pain in the ass to game-plan for,'" said Jets offensive line coach Frank Pollack. "So it's nice to have you in the same meeting room.' He's a good coach."

"God, I hate that guy," added new Jets center Ryan Kalil. "I hate Gregg Williams. He's one of those coaches though. Guys on his team love him. But God, I hate playing against Gregg Williams."

Unfortunately for Kalil and Pollack, they do still have to face Williams -- in practice. And since he arrived, the competition at Jets practices has taken on a game-like intensity. The practices are controlled, of course, just not nearly as much as they used to be. Gase and Williams try to out-scheme each other. Players and coaches keep track of who wins and loses each day. They prepare like it's a game day. There's more trash-talking, more celebrating, and even the hits seem a little harder to some.

It's a battle between Gase's offense vs. Williams' defense on the field every day. In the meeting rooms, too.

"It's like the best thing I've ever been a part of, literally," said Jets running back Le'Veon Bell. "I've literally never had anything like it. Coach Williams is a defensive genius, vs. an offensive genius (in Gase). Both of those guys go at it each and every day. It's like, 'The offense won today, the defense will win tomorrow.' Gase is like, 'OK, they want to do this, then I'm going to put this in tomorrow.'"

"That's the way you get ready for the game," said outside linebackers coach Joe Vitt, who coached with Williams in New Orleans (and drew his own six-game suspension in 2012 for his part in the BountyGate scandal). "You have to practice hard and smart with the proper intent. You can't make the same mistakes again."

That's definitely Williams' coaching style. Some coaches spend practices with their heads buried in a play card, huddling with other coaches, calmly speaking instructions into a headset. Williams paces the sidelines, barking instructions at players. He makes sure they're alert. He'll rip into them if they're not. His intensity is never turned off.

"When we have to worry about the intensity of the players, we have the wrong players," Williams said. "When we have to worry about the competition and the lack of competition in practice or games, we have the wrong people -- coaches and players."

So far, Williams believes the Jets have the right kind of people around him.

"There has been a smile on my face since I've walked in here," he said. "These young men want to compete. Whether it's an argument, whether they're playing chess or checkers in the room, where they're (doing) anything, they want to compete. And they just want to know that I'm there to pull them back if they go too far. That's what I'm supposed to be doing. "If they won't do that, we've got the wrong people. You can't win at this level without that kind of competition."


Competition is great, but it's really attitude and accountability that fuels Williams' approach. That's what caught the attention of his players. And that was his message the first time he met them.

"His first three days, all he did was talk about the culture of the defense," said linebacker C.J. Mosley. "How we were going to come on the field, how we were going to play, how we were going to run to the ball. He didn't say anything about the schemes or things like that."

And the "culture" he's trying to build, the attitude he wants every day, is simple, Mosley said.

"We want to come after the offense and not let them dictate what we do," Mosley said. "We're trying to throw the first punch."

That most definitely describes' Williams' approach -- every day, to even the smallest detail. He'll hit first, he'll hit hard, and he won't let up.

"He basically kills a gnat with a sledgehammer," linebackers coach Frank Bush said. "That's his mentality."

"It permeates," Bush added. "Because it's every day with him. It's an attitude. It's a way we go about things. And it spreads throughout the rest of the team. Because they start to see when you're that way and you try to be organized and try to do things at a high level every day, it makes a difference."



Williams doesn't change his approach with his better players, either. He's always looking for ways to spark them, to give them an edge. And he can be harsh with them, too. When he first met Jamal Adams, the Jets' fiery defensive leader, he told him, "I've coached a lot better people than you before."

Harsh? Yes. But Adams loved it.

"He's coaching us hard and he wants the best out of us," Adams said. "And you can run through a wall for a coach like that, you know what I mean?"

That approach, though, is not for every player. The accountability part of Williams' approach can be jarring. He has no problem calling out anyone, no matter their status, in front of the rest of the team. He has no issues with embarrassing a player, or forcing them to explain their mistake -- or transgression -- in front of their peers.

"It's probably something they never experienced," said Jets defensive line coach Andre Carter, who played for Williams in Washington in 2006-07. "It can be a little sensitive. But us as coaches, once we get into our position rooms, we just tell them, 'Look, what is he trying to say? What's the message?' There's content and context. You've got to be smart about 'What is the message' when Gregg is trying to talk to you as an individual and what Gregg is trying to say to the team."

In other words, as Jenkins said: "Don't listen to how he conveys the message. Listen to the message itself."

"He's very hard, very demanding, a yeller," Carter added. "But it's more about what he's trying to say. It's not just words. It's not just fluff. It's all positive. It's energetic, but it's definitely positive. He wants to bring the best out of every individual."

But Williams doesn't just do that by standing in front of a room and yelling. His communication skill does appear to go both ways. One defensive player marveled at how willing Williams was to listen to ideas from his players. They are free to offer their opinions, and often Williams gives their suggestions a try.

"I've never had a coach do that before," the player said.

"Gregg is intense, he's loud and he's an aggressive guy," Jenkins said. "But if you respect Gregg, he respects you."

"He holds people accountable," Vitt added. "But once you've earned his trust, he will listen to you."


That "trust" is big for Williams. He didn't show up at 1 Jets Drive with that sledgehammer, looking for a gnat to kill. He knew he couldn't just scream at his players that his way worked and expect them to instantly match his intensity. They had to learn to trust that he was telling the truth, that his approach would work. He needed them to become believers.

"That's another thing about the respect that you gain from players," Williams said. "They see not only do they earn the trust of each other, but I have to earn the trust of them too. They understand that I've been around for a little while and can do a lot of different things and I've seen a lot of different things."

The regular season will tell the real story of how this experiment works, but for now it seems like players on both sides of the ball have become believers in those "things." The players on defense, after too many years of underachieving, believe they'll thrive under Williams' direct approach. And that's rubbed off on the offensive players, who seem to have loved the competition and intensity during camp.

The result has been an entirely new attitude in the Jets' building. Some of that was expected when they hired Gase as their new head coach. But there's no doubt that the addition of Williams turned everything up a notch.

"You know his personality. We all know his personality," Vitt said. "His record speaks for itself. His production in this league speaks for itself."

"The level of demand from his players as well as his coaching staff is high," Carter said. "There's a whole other level of competition in our meeting rooms and just in general day to day on the field. When you want to become a great defense, that's what you need."

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The Jets are visiting the New England Patriots in Week 3 and it's lining up to be a long Sunday for New York. According to Odds Shark, the Pats are favorites by three touchdowns, -21.5. 

Ouch. 

Being forced to play your third-string quarterback will do that to you, as Luke Falk starts against Tom Brady

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The Browns left last Monday's game at MetLife Stadium with a win over the Jets, but one of their star players also left with a hefty fine to pay.

Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, a former number one overall pick, was flagged twice during Monday's 23-3 win over the Jets for personal fouls committed against Jets QB Trevor Siemian.

The second foul, which occurred in the second quarter, resulted in Siemian suffering ligament damage in his ankle, ending his first season in New York shortly after it had begun. Garrett fell on Siemian with his full weight, and the quarterback's ankle got caught underneath him on the way down. The injury left the Jets with Luke Falk as their only healthy QB, who will now get the start this weekend in New England as Sam Darnold continues to recover from mono.

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Aug 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands the ball off to fullback James Develin (46) during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)
Aug 22, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) hands the ball off to fullback James Develin (46) during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports (Greg M. Cooper)

While Friday's release of Antonio Brown has dominated the headlines for the Patriots, what's gone somewhat under the radar is just exactly how shorthanded New England's offense could be on Sunday against the Jets due to injury.

Fullback James Develin, who the Patriots use heavily in their offense as a blocker and a short-distance runner, has been ruled out with a neck injury.

Sticking on the offensive side of the ball, tight ends Ryan Izzo (calf) and Matt LaCosse (ankle) are both listed as questionable. If both Izzo and LaCosse are sidelined, the Patriots would not have an active tight end, as veteran Ben Watson is suspended for the first four games due to testing positive for testosterone.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets helmet on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.  (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets helmet on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

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On Friday afternoon, the Jets announced their all-time team, as voted by the fans. The team will be recognized in a pregame ceremony before the home game against Dallas on Oct. 13th, as part of the celebrations marking the NFL's 100th season.

In an exercise such as this, it's impossible to please everyone. There have been so many great Jets players that there was bound to be some individuals to miss out, whom many would have considered worthy of a spot.

Two main factors always destined to skew the voting process were longevity and recency bias. In many cases, a player might have played at a high level and had memorable moments, but arguably wasn't a Jet long enough to warrant a spot over a loyal team member that suited up for a decade or more. Also, many younger voters may have voted for someone from their own era when there was a superior Jet at the same position in the past they didn't know about.

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Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Antonio Brown era in New England is over.

Just 11 days after the wide receiver signed a one-year deal with the Patriots following a quick falling-out with the Raiders, on Friday he was released once again.

"The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time," the Patriots said in a team-issued statement.

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Jeane Coakley spoke to Adam Gase before the team heads to Foxboro to take on Tom Brady and the Patriots with their third string QB.

Four days after the Jets fell to 0-2 on Monday's 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns, New York's quick turnaround for Sunday's 1 p.m. road game against the Patriots presents the latest challenge for Adam Gase.

Before Friday's practice at The Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, New Jersey, the first-year head coach issued several injury updates ahead of the weekend's preparation for New England (2-0).

Among the notables, the Jets remain without veteran linebacker C.J. Mosley, but rookie defensive tackle Quinnen Williams continues to progress as Week 3 approaches.

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Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 15, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown (17) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Patriots already figured to be among the Jets' toughest opponents, but the rich got richer in New England when wide receiver Antonio Brown fell into its lap from the Oakland Raiders at the start of the regular season.

After the Patriots signed Brown to a one-year deal worth $15 million Sept. 7 following his release, he sat out the team's 2019 opener Sept. 8 -- not like New England needed him for its 33-3 rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers -- but made a splash when he debuted Sept. 15 in Miami.

The Patriots (2-0) downed the Dolphins for a 43-0 shutout, fueled early by Brown, who had three of his four receptions on the opening drive, totaling 56 yards and a 20-yard touchdown from veteran quarterback Tom Brady.

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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Luke Falk (8) checks into the game against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Luke Falk (8) checks into the game against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

With Sam Darnold missing his second consecutive game with mononucleosis and Trevor Siemian out the rest of the season due to ligament tears in his ankle that he suffered in Monday night's loss against the Browns, the Jets have turned to QB Luke Falk, who will make his first start of his career this Sunday afternoon. 

And what a game to make your first career start it will be, because not only are the Jets on the road, but they will be facing the reigning Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in Foxborough.

Falk, taken with the 199th pick in the 2018 draft by the Titans, will be taking a similar start to his career as the pass thrower on the opposing sidelines--Tom Brady. Like Falk, Brady was also taken with the 199th pick in the draft, and also made his first career start in Foxborough, Mass--albeit in Foxboro Stadium, and not Gillette Stadium.

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Trumaine Johnson has become a weight around the neck of the Jets defense, and his benching on Monday night likely was the beginning of his end. The 29-year-old cornerback likely won't be in the long-term plans, as the Jets continue rebuilding their defense.

But don't expect him to be replaced by Jalen Ramsey, who has asked the Jacksonville Jaguars to trade him. Johnson's albatross of a contract makes it very difficult for the Jets to do that.

That's the part that makes the latest mess with Johnson so bad -- the fact that he's only in Year 2 of a five-year, $72.5 million contract. He's already been paid more than $26 million, and he's costing the Jets $12 million against the salary cap this season. And the way his deal is structured, they might have to endure his presence on the roster for another two years, at least.

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Jamal Adams is puzzled after being fined, his response 'Next time I might just tag him on the hip and say, 'He's it' and play tag with 'em'

Jamal Adams might be done calling out the NFL on his social media, but he isn't done taking jabs after his recent fine by the league.

Adams was docked $21,000 by the league for his rougher the passer penalty on Baker Mayfield on Monday night, a call he publicly disagreed with on his Instagram where he said the league is a "joke." 

When speaking with reporters on Thursday, Adams made sure to keep it clean (he said it was "Bull----" in the post) because his mother told him to calm down. However, he did address the play again, and confirmed that he will be appealing the fine.

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Ty Montgomery sits down with Jeane Coakley and talks about his mom, his foster siblings and why Stanford. Get to know the insightful RB

When Luke Falk came into the game Monday night against the Browns, Jets head coach Adam Gase admitted that he was playing it safe. 

That won't happen this week against the Patriots. 

"I really didn't have to adjust much. I was probably being too cautious," Gase told reporters before practice. "...I probably held him back a little bit."

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New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) defends Cleveland Browns' Demetrius Harris (88) during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)
New York Jets' Jamal Adams (33) defends Cleveland Browns' Demetrius Harris (88) during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun) (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Monday Night Football was a heck of a game for Jets safety Jamal Adams

The first storyline surrounding him following the 23-3 loss for his team to the Cleveland Browns was him being pulled from the game by head coach Adam Gase late in the contest.

Now there's a fine and some backlash to discuss.

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Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets QB Sam Darnold has remained out due to mono. Due to the nature of the illness, a clear target date for his potential return has been hard to nail down. Here are the latest updates...


Sept. 18, 3:44 AM:

The biggest issue with Darnold's illness is the fact that the possibility of an enlarged spleen could be a side effect. Well, that's exactly what Darnold has. 

He confirmed it during his press conference on Wednesday, saying it "needs to get a little smaller for me to play." An enlarged spleen is a serious matter, especially for someone playing a contact sport. Darnold can participate in non-contact activities, but if the enlarged spleen doesn't subside, he won't be able to go out there. So time will tell.

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) celebrates after a sack against the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Jamal Adams may have scared Jets fans Tuesday when he took the team out of his Instagram and Twitter bios. This day and age, that's a main cause for speculation that a player isn't happy with his current situation. 

Adams, though, went on WFAN afterward and didn't say he was displeased with the Jets. Instead, he brushed off the questions about his social media move. 

"It's social media. At the end of the day, it's outside noise. I'm not focused on that," Adams said when Maggie Gray asked what we should make of the changes. 

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (95) against the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

Before answering questions during his Wednesday press conference, Jets head coach Adam Gase dished out some injury updates and rookie DT Quinnen Williams had the best one. 

Williams has been dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out of Monday Night Football against the Browns. However, Gase says everything is trending in the right direction for him to return to practice on Thursday. 

Gase noted that Williams, the team's No. 3 overall draft pick back in April, won't be at practice today. Instead, he'll be working on his strength and conditioning, but he's expecting him to be back out there with the team tomorrow. That's big news as the Jets will want as many of their best players on the field as possible against the Patriots this week. 

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Ty Montgomery talks Jets 00:01:45
Ty Montgomery sits down with Jeane Coakley and talks about when he knew he wanted to be a football player and why fans should stay positive.

The Jets are signing QB David Fales to back up Luke Falk, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Fales played under head coach Adam Gase when the Jets' head coach was with the Dolphins.

The 28-year-old Fales has not played a regular season NFL game since 2017, when he played two games for the Dolphins -- completing 29 of 43 passes for 265 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

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As rookie quarterback Daniel Jones takes over the Giants' offense for 17th-year veteran Eli Manning, a decision announced Tuesday by New York, the crosstown starter has an idea of what the transition will be like.

Just last year, fresh off the Jets making him the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, Sam Darnold ascended to the top of the depth chart and began his rookie season with the Jets as the team's starter.

Now in his second year with New York while he works back from mononucleosis, Darnold understands that the news can be tough for Manning to process, but the development should only help Jones as the Giants move forward.

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Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) dos back as Buffalo Bills defensive end Trent Murphy (93) defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Sep 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) dos back as Buffalo Bills defensive end Trent Murphy (93) defends during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Speaking publicly for the first time since his mono diagnosis, Jets QB Sam Darnold gave an update on his health on Tuesday.

Appearing on The Michael Kay Show, Darnold explained that he's hopeful he can return for the Jets' Week 5 matchup in Philadelphia. 

While Week 5 seems to make sense, with the Jets coming off their early by week, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has noted that Darnold's absence could stretch until Week 7, based on what he's heard from doctors.

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Luke Falk
Luke Falk

The Jets were forced to go to their third-string quarterback in Luke Falk during Monday night's 23-3 loss to the Browns after Trevor Siemian left with what was revealed to be season-ending ligament damage. 

So, with Siemian out and Sam Darnold still fighting mono, head coach Adam Gase has no choice but to go with Falk into Foxborough to face the 2-0 Patriots on their home turf. 

But make no mistake the Jets are definitely looking to add another signal caller before that game.

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Jamal Adams (Noah K. Murray)
Jamal Adams (Noah K. Murray)

If the Jets weren't going through enough with their quarterback situation, injury woes, and falling to 0-2, Jamal Adams added to the pile on Tuesday morning when he removed the Jets from his social media bios on Twitter and Instagram. 

In this day and age, that is to normally send a message to a team. But speaking on WFAN with Maggie Gray and Bart Scott, Adams assured everyone that wasn't the case. 

"It's social media. At the end of the day, it's outside noise. I'm not focused on that," Adams said when Gray asked what we should make of the changes. 

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Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 24, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) drops back to pass during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Jets QB Sam Darnold will remain inactive for Week 3 against the Patriots, but he is making progress in his return from mono.

Darnold, who had been quarantined since his illness was diagnosed, was at the Jets' facility on Tuesday, head coach Adam Gase said, adding that Darnold is "feeling better."

"We will really have a better idea (of when Darnold can return) when the doctors give us the green light that he can progress," Gase said. "The doctors are letting us know when to proceed with him."

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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) walks off the field after an injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) walks off the field after an injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jets QB Trevor Siemian, who exited Monday night's loss against the Browns due to an ankle injury, is out for the season, head coach Adam Gase said on Tuesday.

Gase said the injury was ligament related and that there was no break, adding that Siemian will likely need surgery.

While the Jets are now without starter Sam Darnold and their backup, Gase said Tuesday that the team will go with Luke Falk as their starter until Darnold returns -- with the team looking to acquire a backup.

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Adam Gase
Adam Gase

The Jets' quarterback situation after Trevor Siemian went down with an injury on Monday night got even worse, as Sam Darnold is still fighting mono. That paired with other issues the team is facing has sportsbooks predicting their next contest to be a blowout. 

The Jets are set to travel to Foxborough to face the 2-0 Patriots this Sunday, and New England is an obvious favorite to stay undefeated in this one. But with Luke Falk set to start for the Jets and the Patriots being absolutely dominant in their first two games, the spread is massive. 

The Patriots are giving 22.5 points to the Jets, according to multiple sportsbooks. That spread is unheard of for an NFL game, but with the Pats outscoring their opponents 76-3 so far this season, paired with the Jets' struggles, many believe it isn't far-fetched. 

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Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 15, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Jets suffered another loss on Monday, and it certainly hasn't been the start to the season the team had hoped for. 

And it doesn't look like Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams is taking well. 

Adams has taken out the Jets from his Twitter and Instagram bios, and it appears he unfollowed the team on his Instagram page. He is still following them on Twitter as of now. 

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Dec 23, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler (8) before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Dec 23, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Brock Osweiler (8) before a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

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Trevor Siemian will have an MRI on his ankle Tuesday morning, but the injury sure didn't look good. Sam Darnold is already out with mono, possibly until late October. That leaves Luke Falk, who made his NFL debut on Monday night, as the only quarterback on the roster.

So yes, the Jets need help at quarterback and they need it quickly.

Unfortunately, quarterbacks aren't exactly easy to find.

Tags: Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Ray Lucas and Bart Scott react to Trumaine Johnson's benching, their take on the situation might surprise you.

No one knew why cornerback Trumaine Johnson spent roughly the first three quarters out of action until head coach Adam Gase spoke briefly after the game.

Unable to sustain drive on offense, the defense suffered for the Jets in Monday's 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Among the questions SNY's Ray Lucas and Bart Scott had once the final horn sounded, what was the real reason why Gase and Gang Green kept Johnson on the sidelines?

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Trumaine Johnson reacts to not starting against the Browns. It was a surprising move that Gase said wasn't due to discipline reasons.

Decimated by injuries, including linebacker C.J. Mosley (strained groin) and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams (sprained left ankle), the Jets trotted out a revised defense against a Browns offense littered with dangerous skill players but did not play Trumaine Johnson until the cornerback was forced into action.

Tags: Baker Mayfield, CJ Mosley, Odell Beckham Jr., Quinnen Williams, Trumaine Johnson
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. gave Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams a piece of his mind on the field and taste of his own medicine off of it on Monday night.

Williams, when asked a question about Beckham this week, started his reply with, "Odell who?" 

Beckham downplayed a lot during his press conference following his team's 23-3 win against the Jets. One thing he couldn't help himself with was his thoughts on Williams. 

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Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) walks off the field after an injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Sep 16, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian (19) walks off the field after an injury during the second quarter against the Cleveland Browns at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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OK, now what?

It was bad enough when the Jets learned quarterback Sam Darnold was out indefinitely with mono, but now they've lost backup quarterback Trevor Siemian, too. He suffered what looked like a nasty ankle injury in the first half of the Jets' 23-3 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Monday night. That forced the Jets to turn to Luke Falk, who had been promoted from the practice squad earlier in the day.

Tags: Leonard Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Trevor Siemian, Trumaine Johnson, Ralph Vacchiano
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New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas speaks to the media following an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)  (Elise Amendola/AP)
New England Patriots wide receiver Demaryius Thomas speaks to the media following an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) (Elise Amendola/AP)

Demaryius Thomas was a surprise activated player for the Jets on Monday Night Football against the Cleveland Browns. However, his first night at MetLife Stadium as a Jet is over prematurely. 

The Jets already had lost quarterback Trevor Siemian due to an ankle injury the second quarter of the game.

When the team announced the quarterback's injury designation, as his night was finished, it also indicated that the veteran wideout's night was also over due to a hamstring injury as well. 

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