Todd Bowles: Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams playing well

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On Wednesday, we noted that the Jets have yet to get a sack from their defensive line through the first six games of the season despite having Muhammad Wilkerson and Leonard Williams a year after they had 11.5 sacks between them.

Coach Todd Bowles discussed the team’s poor run defense as part of the reason for their sluggish pass rush as teams aren’t facing the kind of long second and third downs that provide defenses with a chance to pin their ears back. On Wednesday, he was asked specifically about Wilkerson and Williams.

Bowles said they are playing hard “and they’re playing well” while doing everything the team asks of them. Continued questions about the two players were not met with great pleasure.

“Nobody is playing great when you’re 3-3. You’re playing average football,” Bowles said, via the New York Post. “It has nothing to do with Mo or Leonard, it has to do with our entire team. I’m not going to sit here and make excuses about two guys when we’ve got 11 guys on each side of the ball. If you want to nitpick, go for it.”

Wilkerson is the highest-paid player on the team and Williams was a first-round pick, so Bowles will find plenty of people willing to take him up on that invitation.

8 responses to “Todd Bowles: Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams playing well

  1. There are 31 other teams on the phone asking about Leonard Williams. Obviously, he’s not going anywhere soon. Good for Bowles. Sometimes a coach just has to tell it like it is, and educate those of us (myself included)that don’t really understand football as much as we think we do.

  2. “Nobody is playing great when you’re 3-3. You’re playing average football,” Bowles said, via the New York Post. “It has nothing to do with Mo or Leonard, it has to do with our entire team. I’m not going to sit here and make excuses about two guys when we’ve got 11 guys on each side of the ball.”

    I can appreciate comments like this.

  3. Mo is playing ok, but not like someone being paid 17mm/year. IF he was making 7MM then he’d be worth it.
    Williams is having somewhat of a down year. He’s been nursing a hand or wrist injury.

  4. Williams is bordering on a bust. Even Dewayne Robertson’s production was better than this. Williams was supposed to be a steal at #6 in 2015.

    The best was on Sunday when he did a sack dance after Dion Lewis ran forward for a 1st down. Williams disappeared after that as he always does.

    The guy has 3.5 tackles per game on average and has no other production on a bad pass rush and Run D.

    Do the math.

    Darrin Lee is another guy who has entered bust territory as well.

  5. Mo is not playing well at all. Im not even sure he has gotten a QB pressure yet this season(and unlike Leo isnt getting double teamed). Mo played great for 5 seasons….then he got paid. Last season he was playing hurt but is supposed to be healthy now. I am hoping he makes a few splash plays and ends the season on a hot streak so they can trade him. A 3-4 end who(when he plays well) can get 10+ sacks and stop the run has value.

    Leonard Williams has been getting double teamed and is best suited for the end, not the middle. He hasn’t had a sack in about 10 games, it’s time to let him loose!

  6. Well I was all for trading Richardson it’s pretty obvious the guy was a disruptor on the field and both of these guys miss him, should of kept snacks and Richardson over Wilkerson but meh hindsight right

  7. gohometrolls says:
    October 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm
    Well I was all for trading Richardson it’s pretty obvious the guy was a disruptor on the field and both of these guys miss him, should of kept snacks and Richardson over Wilkerson but meh hindsight right

    -Amen to that! I was in favor of getting rid of Richardson, he’s one mistake away from a one year suspension and we got a 2nd rounder for him, but the line is clearly suffering. Maybe they should have paid Snacks instead and traded Mo Wilk…hindsight is always 20/20

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