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Gregg Williams, Odell Beckham have war of words

On Monday night, two desperate teams clash.

in one corner, the injured New York Jets. After blowing a 16-0 third-quarter lead in Week 1 to the Buffalo Bills, the Jets are without quarterback Sam Darnold, sidelined with mono.

In the other corner, the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland entered the season with more hype than any team in football, only to be plastered 43-13 by the Tennessee Titans.

Still, the talk entering the affair hasn’t been about the desperation both teams are feeling to avoid 0-2. Instead, it’s about Jets defensive coordinator — and former Browns interim head coach — Gregg Williams and Cleveland wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Earlier this week, the All-Pro receiver stated Williams instructed players to injure him during a preseason game last year. Williams shot back on Friday, per NFL.com.

“Odell who? … That was a joke. That was Jerry [Jones],” Williams cracked. “That’s just, those are things, I think there have been several players, I just found out about [Beckham’s comments], but there have been several players that have already come out that have mentioned things about that. We don’t do that. I’ve never done that anywhere I’ve been. We don’t do anything to hurt the team. That’s the No. 1 primary thing. If you’re committing penalties, you’re doing those types of stuff. We just don’t do it. And you guys are cooperating, giving him attention. Just don’t give him attention. It just is what it is.”

Beckham and Williams have both long been outspoken. Of course, Beckham’s comments likely hit a nerve after Williams was the ringleader of BountyGate during his days with the New Orleans Saints. Now, the two have locked horns, arguing about past events before a critical contest.

While the fighting words are fun to cover, the game is even more intriguing. The Jets are without Darnold and now turn to Trevor Siemian, who hasn’t started a game since the 2017 season as a member of the Denver Broncos. In some ways, this puts even more pressure on Baker Mayfield and the Browns. A loss to Siemian would be crushing, especially knowing their next game is a home date with the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football.

It’s only Week 2, but no pair of teams are under more pressure to revive their fan base’s confidence. Williams and Beckham ought to focus more on winning, especially after what we saw from each a week ago.

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