After losing the chance to earn their first win of the season on a bad play call with five seconds left against the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday, the New York Jets fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and it was head coach Adam Gase who made the decision.
According to Kim Jones of NFL Network, Gase said he wished he called a timeout to stop Williams' call for a heavy blitz on 3rd and 10, paving the way for Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to hit Henry Ruggs with a 46-yard winning touchdown pass.
"I obviously wasn't happy about that call," Gase said. "That was a heartbreaking way for our guys to lose a game ... We can't have that happen."
NFL Network's Michael Silver reported Monday that Gase "never imagined" Williams would make such a call and was having a conversation with another coach as the call came over his headset, leaving him no time to react before the snap.
"I just felt like we could've been in a better call in that situation," Jets safety Marcus Maye said after the game.
In addition to leaving Carr in disbelief and several Jets players shocked, the play was historic. According to ESPN Stats & Information, there were 252 similar pass plays over the past 15 seasons, and no other team elected to go with more than six rushers (h/t ESPN's Rich Cimini).
Williams, who was hired by Gase in January 2019, is the first of the head coach's staff to be fired. Assistant head coach Frank Bush is serving as the team's interim defensive coordinator, according to The Athletic's Connor Hughes.