Marcus Williams' Spirits Unlifted by INT

Posted Dec 21, 2014

Rookie CB Made a Pick of Tom Brady at Crucial Time that Jets Couldn't Convert into Points

The result of the game is something most Jets players would like to forget, including CB Marcus Williams, even though he recorded his first career interception in our 17-16 loss to the Patriots this afternoon.

“I’m upset, man. I mean, it is what it is,” the rookie said at his locker after the game. “It wasn’t good enough for the W."

Williams’ pick was a beauty and came at a critical time in the game. Trailing, 17-16, with 7:26 remaining in the game, LB Jason Babin hit on Patriots QB Tom Brady as he attempted a pass to WR Brandon LaFell, who deflected the ball into the air.

Williams traced the ball, tipped it to himself and secured it, setting the offense up at the Patriots’ 30. The pick was just the Jets' 12th takeaway of the season and the first in the fourth quarter all season.

“It was a comeback, I just couldn’t hit it,” Brady said of the interception. “I hate to do that. I hate to have those things come up. … I just wish those things wouldn’t happen.”

Williams had given the Jets a bit of momentum and a chance to take the lead on their ensuing possession.

“I was thinking, ‘Hopefully, we can win the game. Hopefully we can get the offense in a good spot where they can go down and drive it so we can score,’ ” Williams said.

The offense, however, was unable to turn in any points on the solid field position. On third down, QB Geno Smith took a 10-yard sack back to the 34.

"Unfortunately, it happened," said Smith. "It's not something I would say is one person or anybody. It's all of us. It's a sack on all of us, and in my position as a quarterback, obviously you want to throw it away, not take a sack at all. I didn't have an outlet, didn't feel like I could get it off, so I just tried to take the sack and minimize the loss."

K Nick Folk, who has been dealing with a right hip injury, missed the 52-yard field goal that resulted because Patriots NT Vince Wilfork got a hand on it.

“That pick right there,” G Willie Colon said, “you have to capitalize.”

Williams, who is North Dakota State University’s career interceptions leader (21 INTs), has a knack for being around the ball. He had seven tackles and two additional passes defensed on throws intended for LaFell and TE Rob Gronkowski.

Though his interception came against a future Hall of Fame QB in Brady, Williams said the only way he could feel good about it was if it came in a winning effort.

“I’m just still a little upset that we lost. No matter who it was against, I would be upset,” he said. “He’s a great quarterback, I give him all the respect, but we still lost the game.”

The rookie has now started seven games in a row since making his professional debut against Kansas City in Week 9 after being signed to the active roster earlier that week. He’s racked up 27 tackles and six PDs in his time as a starter.

Williams was a key part of the defense that limited Brady & Co. to 17 points and 231 yards during the game. Brady’s longest completion was a 14-yard strike to LaFell in the third quarter.


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