5) The Future for Gregg Williams
Reports Sunday morning were clear: Gregg Williams is not considered the favorite to land the Browns head coaching gig long-term. He could have helped his argument had he knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs and finished 6-2 in his eight games in charge. Instead, the Browns went 5-3 under his guidance, which given where the franchise came from, is nothing to be ashamed of.
Still, it was hardly the way Williams wanted or needed to end the season to bolster his resume. Some questionable in game decisions didn’t help either: like refusing to challenge the spot on a key third down that was poorly spotted, and burning a timeout before a challengeable Njoku touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter (granted the Browns scored anyway).
Ultimately, the question becomes: is an eight game sample size of success enough to say Williams is the right man for the job long-term? Debatable. However, it’s evident that the team responded well to his guidance. That’s something Dorsey will have to weigh as he makes this decision.
For what it’s worth, Williams said afterward that he hopes to be back in Cleveland whether it’s as a head coach or not. That could just be playing nice, or it could be sincere. If this was in fact his last game as head coach or with the Browns in general, what a ride it was for Browns fans. Whether Williams is here next year or not, there is reason to be excited about football in Cleveland and he helped make that possible.