Jamal Adams
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New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is showing safety Jamal Adams some tough love ahead of this season. 

Since New York Jets safety Jamal Adams came into the league in 2017, he’s been a force in the secondary. Adams has racked up 197 combined tackles, 5.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 32 career games. Last year’s efforts helped him earn a trip to the Pro Bowl as well as second-team All-Pro honors as well.

Going into this upcoming season, Adams will be coached by a new defensive coordinator. Gregg Williams, who was previously the interim head coach for the Cleveland Browns, joined the Jets’ staff in January. This week, Williams recalled the first thing he said to Adams when they met.

“I’ve coached a lot better people than you before,” Williams told the Pro Bowl safety, per SNY.

That’s some tough love from the coach to the player. But to be honest, there needs to be some tough love in that type of relationship. Williams’ quote to Adams is meant to light a fire and create some urgency within the young defensive back.

When it comes to Adams’ opinion over his new coach, the Jets safety shows nothing but praise.

“He’s coaching us hard, he wants the best out of us, and you can run through a wall for a coach like that, you know what I mean?” Adams said last week, per Scott Thompson of SNY. “I think our whole staff is like that. our whole staff has a lot of energy, different backgrounds, they’ve been with each other obviously in different places, but to have all of them in one spot, I think it could be special for us, and we’re excited to have them all.”

The Jets will be looking to greatly improve from last season, where they finished at the bottom of the AFC East at 4-12. With Adams, quarterback Sam Darnold, a new running back in Le’Veon Bell, and a new head coach in Adam Gase, the Jets should be an up-and-coming team in the AFC.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.