Gregg Williams Tells His Players This . . . Dan Leberfeld

Gregg Williams, the Jets’ defensive coordinator, was asked last week about what his expectations are for the Jets’ defense this year.

“One of the things about measurables as I talk to the young men daily about this; when you put a quantifiable score on something like ‘I want to be the best in the world that’s ever played this game’ – why can’t you just be the best you can be today,” Williams said. “Why can’t we just be the best we can be today. Why can’t we just be the best that day we are playing and after the year we will get all the measurables later? It’s about improvement.”

This is the best approach.

Forget about Pro-Bowl or Hall-of-Fame proclamations or preseason player rankings; just worry about getting better every day.

Williams is good friends with Alabama coach Nick Saban who is a huge proponent of “process thinking.”

“Don’t think about winning the SEC Championship,” Saban said. “Don’t think about the national championship. Think about what you needed to do in this drill, on this play, in this moment. That’s the process: Let’s think about what we can do today, the task at hand.”

That means focus on the next rep in practice or the weight room; the next play in a game. Just work hard at the very next task right in front of you, and if you bust your butt doing that, there is a solid chance the results at the end of the road will be good.


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