Odell Beckham Jr. took aim at Gregg Williams after practice Thursday when the Browns wide receiver ripped the Jets defensive coordinator.
A day later, Williams fired back.
Asked about the comments Beckham made in which the ex-Giants star claimed that Williams -- while Cleveland's defensive coordinator from 2017-18 -- told Browns players to take him out of an Aug. 21, 2017, preseason game, Williams joked before shooting those down.
"Odell who?" Williams said with a pause.
"That was a joke," Williams said with a laugh.
Williams then addressed Beckham's comments, vehemently denying that he told his defensive players to purposely injure Beckham -- who suffered a high-ankle sprain in the preseason game before later sustaining a season-ending broken ankle Oct. 8, 2017, against the Los Angeles Chargers -- while with the Browns.
"I just found out about (Beckham's Thursday comments)," Williams said. "But we've got several players that have already come out and mentioned things about that. We don't do that. We've never done that anywhere I've been.
"We don't do anything to hurt the team. It's the No. 1 primary thing. If you're committing penalties, you're doing [that] type of stuff -- we just don't do it. And you guys are cooperating, giving him attention. Just don't give him attention. It just is what it is."
Gregg Williams' response to Odell Beckham: pic.twitter.com/uKmUmQhu8j- Jets Videos (@snyjets) September 13, 2019
Asked a follow-up question about Beckham in which a reporter referred to the sixth-year pro as "one of the most dynamic players in the league," Williams jabbed back.
"That's your opinion," Williams said. "What's New York's opinion? The Giants' opinion?
"What did the Giants do? So don't -- that's not a question for me."
Reporter: "[Odell] is one of the dynamic players in the league"- Jets Videos (@snyjets) September 13, 2019
Gregg Williams: "That's your opinion...what did the Giants do?" pic.twitter.com/73QPtNYzdX
The Giants, of course, traded Beckham -- the No. 12 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft -- March 12 to the Browns for safety Jabrill Peppers, the 2018 draft's No. 17 overall pick (first round) and No. 95 overall pick (third round).
The Giants did so after they extended Beckham for five years and $95 million Aug. 27, 2018, and general manager Dave Gettleman repeatedly defended their move with the phrase, "We didn't sign him to trade him."
G Dub! I luv you, coach! Got your back! pic.twitter.com/qv8kCqh4vz- Jamal Adams (@TheAdamsEra) September 13, 2019
Jets head coach Adam Gase sided with Williams during his Friday media availability.
"For me, I haven't seen (what Beckham claimed)," he said of Williams. "I've been in a lot of meetings -- both defensive meeting(s) with the coaching staff and when our guys have been coaching players, whether it be position meetings, defensive team meetings. Everything has always been about us. It's always been about playing fast, executing our assignments, effort, energy.
"I've never heard talk like (purposely injuring someone), so I can't say what he's saying because I've never heard of that. So I would just say everything I've heard from Gregg Williams and our staff has been the type of things that we want football to be played like, which is about -- it's about us, energy, effort.
"Everything I've seen, we're coaching it clean."
Adam Gase responds to Odell Beckham's shot at Gregg Williams: "Everything I've seen, we're coaching it clean" pic.twitter.com/HN89ZeRPc0- Jets Videos (@snyjets) September 13, 2019
Beckham's second game with the Browns, who play the Jets at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN's Monday Night Football, marks his return to MetLife Stadium after he caught seven passes (11 targets) for 71 yards in Cleveland's 43-13 season-opening loss to the Tennessee Titans.