Let’s get into what he said . . .


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Let me get into a little bit of what he said today.

Adam Gase said the Jets are staying in a 3-4 front.

Let me just cut to the chase on this one and give you a totally blunt assessment.

On the surface, it makes very little sense for two reasons.

First off, Gregg Williams has been a 4-3 guy for a long time – in places like New Orleans, St. Louis and Cleveland.

As I’ve said many times, if you come to a team, and they have very good personnel to stick with the 3-4 defense, you stick with.

Williams is inheriting a lousy defense with pedestrian Front Seven personnel aside from Leonard Williams.

And when he went to Cleveland, he switched from a 3-4 to a 4-3, and you could argue he inherited better talent there.

So the only reason Gregg Williams should stay in a 3-4 defense with the Jets is because he truly wants to, not based on inherited personnel, because he inherited a bad defense with average talent, aside from one player – Leonard Willams (Henry Anderson is a free agent, though Manish Mehta announced today they want to re-sign him).

So staying in the 3-4 based on what he inherited is fool’s gold, and somebody overrating what they have.

But, if they go out and get the requisite pieces to have a legit 3-4 defense, then this plan is fine.

That could include getting Kentucky edge-rusher Josh Allen at three.

If they get Allen at three, that is a game-changer.

Because if they draft Allen, and re-sign Anderson, then all of a sudden they have two stud 3-4 linemen inside, and a bonafide game-wrecker coming off the edge.

Now if they can then go out and find a new partner for Avery Williamson inside, because Darron Lee is an poor fit for a 3-4 ILB, because he can’t stack and shed lineman, then all of sudden, staying in a 3-4 makes sense.

So right now it makes no sense from the standpoint of Gregg Williams history and how terrible their 3-4 defense was the last two years.

But they go out and fix it this off-season, then that is a different story.

In his press conference today, Adam Gase praised several players he inherited – Darnold, Herndon, Robby Anderson, Enunwa, Leonard Williams and Darron Lee.

Herdon, Anderson, Enunwa and Leonard Williams deserved praise.

Darnold was okay, but has enormous potential, and since Gase was brought it to develop him into franchise QB, of course he needs to praise him publicly.

But to throw Lee into that group is bizarre. I have nothing against Lee personally, but as Bill Parcells likes to say, “I go by what I see.” And what saw was a guy who was implicated in many long runs by opponents because he got rag-dolled by opposing blockers. If Gase didn’t see that, what can I say?

I’m going to give Gase the benefit of the doubt here because this might have just been a window-dressing/PR quote at the combine.

Gase is a guy with a history of playing the best players and benching guys not getting the job done.

I’m going to give Gase a “Lee Litmus” test this summer.

If there are better players than Lee at this position in camp, and he still is getting velcroed to blocks, and he still starts, then Gase is continuing the personnel politics of the previous coach.

February 26, 2019

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