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Gregg Williams pushes, prods Jets defense with tough-love approach

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – Gregg Williams said something that made Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams’ mouth drop and probably opened his eyes at the same time.

Williams and the Jets also hope it lights a fire under Adams.

“He’s very motivated by directness,” Williams said Thursday. “I said, ‘I’ve coached a lot better people than you before.’ ”

Williams, the Jets' passionate new defensive coordinator, lists Darren Sharper and Sean Taylor among the safeties he’s coached. But Williams’ words were all by design and done to get more out of Adams.

Everything Williams does is done with a purpose and has that underlying ulterior motive of bringing out the best in his players.