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New Browns Interim Coach Gregg Williams Speaks to the Media for the First Time – 5 Takeaways

On if there was any hesitance to accept the position

“I will say this, I was shocked. The hesitancy was ‘not again.’ I stepped away, I stepped back. It came back to this: I can’t spell quit, let alone do quit. I am not going to quit on these players. I am not going to quit on this organization. I am not going to do whatever. That is how I feel. When we went through the process, we went through the process. Now, let’s get on to Kansas City. I blinked a little bit.”

On if he will continue to be a ‘risk taker’ as head coach as he has been as a defensive coordinator:

“When we talk about risk takers, what I have done defensively everywhere that I have been is adapt a system or scheme to fit the player profile and the needs systematically of how offense, defense and special teams work together. We have had a lot of really good meetings here. I have met with (offensive coordinator) Freddie (Kitchens) and (special teams coordinator) Amos (Jones). I have done their jobs, too. Bill Belichick and I, have done all of those jobs at some point in time of my life. I have coached all of the positions and all of that. We have to be all in sync together. When you are talking about risk and/or the dynamic of going for two, the dynamics of fourth down, the dynamics of pulling the trigger on a pressure or not on a pressure, all of those are calculated and it is because of all of the time and energies that we put in during the week on making the calculated risk and thinking about doing it but then the best players that I have been around and the best coaches that I have been around have a really good instinctive feel on gameday. There is a feel. You have to check your ego at times because of the feel that you are having at the situation – change the situation. When you change that situation, there are 11 guys out there that have to execute – 11 guys around the ball, 11 guys on the ball. Those are the things that we have to do. We will be in sync and there will be a lot of things that we have discussed. Right now, I am wearing out a lot of people upstairs with a lot of meetings that are going on that it is fun for me to see the smiles on their face because maybe I might know something besides defense. I do now know, we will see. I do not know.”

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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