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Jets fire Gregg Williams after Raiders' miracle hail mary

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The day after the Jets lost to the Raiders on a miracle hail mary touchdown pass by Derek Carr, they fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. 

The Jets curiously blitzed the Raiders on the game-winning play, leaving Jets cornerback Lamar Jackson one-on-one with rookie deep-threat Henry Ruggs III. Ruggs ran right past Jackson and found himself wide open down-field as Carr delivered his pass right on target.

After the game, Carr said he "could not believe" the Jets blitzed him and that he was "thankful" for Williams' call in that spot. 

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Williams is relieved of his duties after less than two years serving as Adam Gase's defensive coordinator. In the time he's led New York's defense, the Jets have gone 7-21. His last defensive call to date may have been his worst yet.

New York, meanwhile, fell to 0-12 on the season and is in prime position to land one of the top two picks in the 2021 NFL Draft, where prized quarterback Trevor Lawrence likely awaits whoever is picking at No. 1. 

Williams has served as defensive coordinator for eight NFL teams since 1997, including a brief stint with Washington from 2004-07.