On the day the Jets officially announced the hiring of Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator, newly hired head coach Adam Gase raved about his new head coach of the defense.
Gase expressed zero concern about the famous Bountygate involvement Williams spearheaded while coaching in New Orleans that led to the NFL suspending him for the entire 2012 season.
“Gregg was penalized for that heavily,’’ Gase said on the Pro Football Talk podcast Wednesday. “Football was taken away from him. He did his time. That’s what makes this country great, right? People get second chances all the time. He’s gotten a second chance. He’s done it right. He’s gone and worked extremely hard to do things right.
“For me or anyone else to hold that over his head, to me, is wrong. It’s like when we give players second opportunities. It’s the same thing. People make mistakes. We’ve moved on from it. That’s not something I’m even concerned about.’’
Gase added he “always wanted to work’’ with Williams.
“I’ve always wanted to go against him in practice,’’ Gase said. “I love the way his players feel about him [with]the swagger, the attitude that he brings to his group. I love his experience and the fact that he’s been a head coach.
“He takes over Cleveland and they’re winning ballgames over there … and he’s acting like this is what it was going to be the whole time. He didn’t even blink an eye. I love that about him. His attitude is just infectious.’’
Gase said he’s excited about the energy Williams is going to bring to the defense.
“I just keep picturing practice,’’ he said. “This is what’s going to be the difference-maker for us. It’s going to be like a game every day. The competition and competitiveness between Gregg, myself, the staffs. That’s how you get that energy you want. The players feel that.’’
The Williams hire, on a reported a three-year contract, coupled with the Jets retaining special teams coach Brant Boyer with a contract extension, locks in two of Gase’s three coordinator positions, with offensive coordinator, among other position-coach jobs, still to be filled.
Gase, who will be calling the plays, is expected to bring in Dowell Loggains, who was his right-hand man on offense with the Dolphins. It’s not known, however, whether Loggains has been released from his Miami contract.