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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Articles tagged: Gregg Williams

Report: Redskins trying to meet with Gregg Williams for DC position

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It had looked like Gregg Williams was poised to become the new defensive coordinator for the New York Jets, but a late entrant is reportedly trying to scuttle the deal.

According to JP Finlay of NBC Sports, the Washington Redskins are trying to set up an interview with Williams this week in a bid to make him their new defensive coordinator, as his deal with the Jets is not completely done.

The Jets had been the clear frontrunner to hire the veteran defensive coordinator who closed out last season as the interim coach of the Cleveland Browns. Washington is making an aggressive late play, however.

Report: Gregg Williams a candidate for Jets’ defensive coordinator

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Gregg Williams was surprisingly shown the door in Cleveland after he led an impressive turnaround as the interim head coach of the Browns over the final eight games of the season, but it may not be long before he finds a new job.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington report that Williams is being considered for the defensive coordinator job with the New York Jets, who hired Adam Gase as their head coach this week.

Williams has been a defensive assistant in the NFL for nearly 30 years. He had one head coaching stint with the Buffalo Bills from 2001-2003. He spent the last two seasons as the DC in Cleveland and held the same position for three years with the Los Angeles Rams before that.

While Williams deserves credit for the way the Browns managed to turn things around, it seems like the team felt that had more to do with Hue Jackson’s firing and the work then-offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens — whom the team just hired as its head coach — did with rookie Baker Mayfield.

Williams was at the center of the Bountygate scandal with the New Orleans Saints, and that is probably why he has not landed another full-time head coaching job. If the Browns didn’t even want to keep him as their head coach after the team came alive, that probably means the bragging he did after being named interim coach was a bit exaggerated.

Browns lineman offers explanation for improvement under Gregg Williams

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The Cleveland Browns have markedly improved under interim coach Gregg Williams, winning two of three games, both by double digits. According to one of his players, there is one simple reason why.

Browns center JC Tretter said Monday that Williams has made the team more disciplined by clearly laying out expectations, as well as detailed explanations when things go wrong.

It’s a pretty simple thing and an indictment of Hue Jackson, as the implication is he wasn’t doing this stuff. There are other clear reasons the Browns have improved since his departure, but it all paints a pretty clear picture that the entire organization is much better off since his firing.

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.