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Monday, December 16, 2019

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Gregg Williams makes bizarre claim at first Browns press conference

Cleveland Browns interim head coach Gregg Williams offered up some pretty wild claims during his first press conference in his new role.

Williams last served as a head coach with the Buffalo Bills in 2003, having worked for various teams as a defensive coordinator since. Apparently, that’s just because Williams wanted to, since he claims he turned down four head coaching jobs that he wouldn’t even have had to interview for.

A likely story. There’s probably a reason Williams hasn’t been allowed to coach another team up until now, and he didn’t really want to talk about that on Wednesday.

The Browns have said Williams will be a candidate for the job when the time comes. It still seems unlikely he’ll be able to land it unless the Browns perform way above expectations the rest of the way.

Gregg Williams will reportedly be Browns’ interim coach

The Cleveland Browns have their interim head coach.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will serve as the team’s interim coach.

Williams has three years of head coaching experience, all with the Buffalo Bills, where he went 17-31 from 2001 through 2003. He was also, infamously, the defensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints who was found responsible for the Bountygate scandal. Notably, he was also one of the assistants former coach Hue Jackson clashed with in public at times.

Williams almost certainly won’t be holding the job permanently, but the Browns aren’t really going to push for contention this year, so odds are he’ll simply see out the season and move on.

Hue Jackson shades Gregg Williams over public criticism of rookie

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Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson could have done without his defensive coordinator belittling one of the team’s highly-touted youngsters in public.

A day after Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams blamed cornerback Denzel Ward’s back injury on his “stupid” tacking technique during his media session, Jackson suggested that such criticisms were valid, but should be handled behind closed doors.

“Gregg does not get to do just what he wants to do,” Jackson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “We’ll work through all of that. Our players, there’s a certain way that we do want them to tackle because of size, structure and all of that. We don’t want a guy to get hurt or anything like that. I’m sure that Gregg does advise. We don’t need to do all of that stuff in the media.”

Williams’s remarks were surprisingly candid, but he seemed to hint that he’d been repeatedly urging Ward to fix his form in private unsuccessfully. Perhaps he felt that calling him out publicly might finally get the message across, but Jackson doesn’t approve.

Browns DC blames Denzel Ward’s ‘stupid’ tackling for injury

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Cleveland Browns rookie cornerback Denzel Ward’s back spasms do not appear to be serious, but the team’s defensive coordinator is hoping it’s still a lesson learned.

Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams blamed the injury, which Ward sustained during Thursday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, on poor tackling form on Ward’s part.

“I was glad to hear (it wasn’t serious) and maybe he’ll finally listen to me and stop doing those stupid things the way he’s trying to tackle and tackle the way I tell him to tackle and he won’t get hurt,” Williams said Sunday, via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

Ward tried to wrap up and take down tight end Zach Ertz, but got twisted up making the tackle. According to Williams, Ward’s failure to cut the larger tight end was his first mistake.

“It depends on the size of the person, and also I’m not worried as much about the wrap-up part of it,” Williams said. “It’s about getting the guy to the ground. A lot of times what you do is you cut the guy. He should have cut the guy at that time right there instead of a 290-pound man running over his face.”

Williams has been a clear supporter of Ward, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to lay off when Ward is doing something wrong. Clearly he saw that here.

Browns’ Gregg Williams explains why he backed Denzel Ward pick

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The Cleveland Browns surprised some by passing up the chance to pick Bradley Chubb in the first round of the NFL Draft, instead going with cornerback Denzel Ward. That, it seems, is just fine with their defensive coordinator.

Gregg Williams felt that the Browns’ needs, plus what they already had on the roster, meant that the Ward pick was a necessity.

“The reason is our need for a press cover cornerback,” Williams said, via Peter King of the MMQB. “Denzel probably plays that position as well as anyone I’ve seen in college football in some time. We probably play the most press of any team in the league. There’s another reason. I’ve got a video of 28 snaps of Myles Garrett pass-rushes last year where he gets within two steps or less of the quarterback when the ball comes out. Basically, we aren’t covering long enough to let him get to the quarterback.

“Myles and others — especially Emmanuel Ogbah –will get more chances because of Denzel. Ogbah’s a rising star in this league. He’s got a chance to be Chubb.”

Hue Jackson may not necessarily agree, but there’s the logic. The Browns will have to hope Ward works out or it could be looked at as another Browns draft mistake given how highly-rated Chubb is.

Report: Browns hire Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator

The Cleveland Browns reportedly will have a new defensive coordinator next season.

According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Browns have hired Gregg Williams as their defensive coordinator.

On Friday, reports said the Browns had offered the position to Williams and were trying to get him. It looks like they were able to reel him in.

Williams will replace Ray Horton, who was on his way out in Cleveland after the Browns finished with one of the worst defenses in the league.

Williams has served as the Rams’ defensive coordinator the past three seasons. A former Buffalo Bills head coach, Williams is infamous for leading the Saints’ defense during the “Bountygate” scandal, resulting in his suspension.

Report: Browns likely to hire Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator

The Cleveland Browns are reportedly making a change at defensive coordinator, and they’re seeking big names to take over the job.

Alex Marvez of the Sporting News and Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported Friday that the Browns will be parting ways with defensive coordinator Ray Horton and have reached out to the likes of Gregg Williams and Wade Phillips to take over.

Further reports indicate that Williams, currently the defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams, is the clear favorite.

This may be an indication of owner Jimmy Haslam’s power. Previous reports indicated that Horton had coach Hue Jackson’s backing. If he’s out, it may be because it was forced on Jackson.