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Gase on DC Williams’ veiled dig: ‘I wasn’t happy’

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New York Jets coach Adam Gase, trying to keep his winless team from fracturing, wasn’t pleased that defensive coordinator Gregg Williams took a veiled shot at the offense when speaking to reporters last Friday.

Gase addressed Williams’ comments Sunday night after a 24-0 loss to the Miami Dolphins, which dropped the Jets to 0-6.

“Yeah, I wasn’t happy about it, but we talked about it,” Gase said. “Right now, our players are doing such a good job as far as trying to get things righted. It’s just that everything we say, it matters. He understood that we have to set the right example.”

With the season spiraling, the coaches have emphasized to players the importance of not pointing fingers. Williams seemed to do just that with a cryptic remark about the struggling offense, which is run by Gase.

On Friday, Williams was prompted by a reporter, who noted the Jets were allowing 32 points per game. The fiery defensive coordinator replied, “It’s not a very good number — and a lot of it’s not all defensively.”

When asked to elaborate, he said, “You’d have to figure it out.”

Gase was irked. At first, he tried to downplay it, saying, “He was trying to talk about complementary football, all three phases playing together.”

Nevertheless, it prompted Gase to call a meeting with Williams to discuss it. Gase insisted the matter is resolved.

“I felt like we were good after we talked,” he claimed.

Williams wasn’t available for comment after the game.

Gase and Williams, who worked together last year for the first time, have an odd dynamic. Williams has autonomy to call plays and make lineup changes. It has created the perception of a disconnect between offense and defense.

“I disagree with that,” Gase said. “I know what you’re saying, but me and Gregg, we talk so much. We talk through a lot of things, not just football. We talk through things and, the majority of the time, we’re thinking exactly the same thing. We’ll have discussions if we’re not.

“We’re just trying to get guys to focus on doing things better. Us as coaches, we have to do the same thing.”

The latest loss was typical of the offense. The defense actually played well in the second half, limiting the Dolphins (3-3) to a field goal. The offense was horrible, not converting a third down until the 10-minute mark of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Joe Flacco, who started for the injured Sam Darnold for the second straight game, was ineffective.

“We can’t wait to the f—ing fourth quarter,” running back Frank Gore said. “We can’t f—ing wait to the fourth quarter to f—ing wait to start playing ball.”

Gore said he’s “sick of it,” but defended the embattled Gase, claiming the problems aren’t scheme-related.

“We haven’t done anything well this year at all,” Gase said. “We just hurt ourselves so much. Last year we trended in the right direction. We improved. … This year, we have to figure out a way to improve really quickly, from top to bottom, coaches, players, it doesn’t matter, everybody. We have to get things better.”

Gase said he’s not concerned about CEO Christopher Johnson making a coaching change.

“Nah, I’m not even thinking about it,” he said. “I have to focus on making sure our guys are ready to go when we get back in the building on Monday… and getting ready for this next game.”

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Tide WR Waddle (ankle) expected out for season

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Alabama wideout and return specialist Jaylen Waddle is expected to be out for the season after suffering what coach Nick Saban called a combination of a high-ankle sprain and a fracture during the opening kickoff of Saturday’s 48-17 win over host Tennessee in Knoxville.

Saban said the injury is similar to the one former Alabama running back Kenyan Drake suffered in 2014, which caused him to miss most of that season.

“We’re going to fly him back privately with the doctors and take him back to Birmingham and see what we have to do right away,” Saban said of Waddle. “If that’s the case, and we’re pretty certain that it is, he would probably be out for the year.”

Waddle, an ESPN preseason All-America selection, was hurt when he took the opening kickoff out to the Alabama 15. He was tackled by Kenneth George Jr., and Waddle’s right foot got caught between the grass and George’s body. Waddle was helped off the field putting no weight on his right foot before being carted to the locker room.

The junior from Houston opened this season with at least 120 yards receiving in each of the first four games and led Alabama with 557 yards on just 25 catches. Waddle was averaging 22.3 yards per catch and had four touchdowns.

He is No. 12 on Mel Kiper’s Big Board of NFL draft prospects.

Waddle has been one of the nation’s top punt returners the past two years and has seldom had the ball kicked his way this year. He had 733 yards on punt returns in his career, ranking sixth in Alabama history.

With Waddle sidelined, Alabama turned to Slade Bolden as the team’s third receiver.

Bolden, who hadn’t caught a pass this season, had receptions on each of Alabama’s first two drives against Tennessee. He finished the game with six catches for 94 yards.

Alabama wide receiver John Metchie III said losing Waddle during the game was tough.

“I think we responded well on focusing on the most important thing, which is the next play at hand,” Metchie said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Driving force: DeChambeau claims 400-yard carry

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — While most of the top players are preparing for the Masters by playing in this weekend’s Zozo Championship, Bryson DeChambeau is at home in his Dallas laboratory, concocting ways to tackle Augusta National Golf Club.

On Friday, DeChambeau, known as “the golf scientist,” unveiled a little bit of his methodology, disclosing via Instagram story that he had achieved 401.3 yards of carry with the driver he is working with and “not even the 48-inch driver.”

The device he showed to monitor his progress also showed a ball speed of 211 mph and a hang time of 8.2 seconds.

Count to eight and consider how long his golf ball stayed in the air.

DeChambeau, who won the U.S. Open last month by 6 strokes, said two weeks ago at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open that he planned to spend the month prior to the Masters hitting “2,000 drivers” and experimenting with a 48-inch shaft, the longest allowed by the Rules of Golf.

Most players use a driver length of 44 to 45 inches.

There are a lot of variables, including elevation changes and wind, and a driver might not be the proper play off every tee for DeChambeau, while some shots require a draw or a fade.

DeChambeau led the PGA Tour in 2020 with a driving distance of 322.1 yards. The tour average for the season was 296.4 yards.

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Alabama WR Waddle (ankle) out for season

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Alabama wideout and return specialist Jaylen Waddle is out for the season after suffering what coach Nick Saban called a combination of a high-ankle sprain and a fracture during the opening kickoff of Saturday’s 48-17 win over Tennessee.

Saban said the injury is similar to the one former Alabama running back Kenyan Drake suffered in 2014, which caused him to miss most of that season.

“He’s out for the year,” Saban said of Waddle. “And it’s a shame because the guy’s a great player. It’s exciting for college football to see a guy play like that. I hate it that he gets hurt on a play like that. You’re not supposed to bring a ball out when you’re that deep in the end zone. But he’s a great player, so you’ve got to let him use his judgment.”

Waddle, an ESPN preseason All-America selection, limped off the field while favoring his right ankle and was taken to the locker room on a cart.

According to Saban, Waddle was being flown back to Alabama and will go directly to a hospital in Birmingham to have surgery.

The junior from Houston caught 25 passes for 557 yards and four touchdowns through four games this season. He is No. 12 on Mel Kiper’s Big Board of NFL draft prospects.

With Waddle sidelined, Alabama turned to Slade Bolden as the team’s third receiver.

Bolden, who hadn’t caught a pass this season, had receptions on each of Alabama’s first two drives against Tennessee. He finished the game with six catches for 94 yards.

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