Quinnen Williams of the Jets, defensive line coach, enters a heated exchange on the sidelines


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The New York Jets struggled in the first half against the Cincinnati Bengals and tensions appeared to flare on the sidelines in the two teams’ Week 3 game on Sunday.

Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams was seen having an intense conversation with defensive line coach Aaron Whitecotton early in the second quarter. Bengals running back Joe Mixon gave the Bengals a 14-6 lead late in the first quarter.

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New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (95) celebrates after a sack during the preseason game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on August 28, 2022.
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Williams and Whitecotton were seen face to face and shouting at each other. Solomon Thomas, Sheldon Rankins and Nathan Shepherd had to come between the player and the coach.

Whitecotton has 10 years of coaching experience in the NFL. He joined the Jets last season when Robert Saleh took over as head coach. Williams was a Pro Bowl replacement under his management in 2021. Whitecotton has already made three saves in the NFL – the San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills.

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New York Jets defensive line coach Aaron Whitecotton is shown during a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on October 24, 2021.

New York Jets defensive line coach Aaron Whitecotton is shown during a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on October 24, 2021.
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Cincinnati took a 20-9 halftime lead after the Jets upset the Cleveland Browns last weekend.

Williams had two tackles and a sack at halftime.

Joe Burrow threw two touchdown passes in the first half – one to Tyler Boyd and the other to Samaje Perine. He was 14 for 25 with 215 passing yards at the buzzer. Tee Higgins led the team in reception with five catches for 93 yards.

Quinnen Williams of the New York Jets looks on from the sideline during the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on August 12, 2022.

Quinnen Williams of the New York Jets looks on from the sideline during the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on August 12, 2022.
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Jets quarterback Joe Flacco was 14 for 25 with 132 passing yards and one interception in the first half.


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