The Browns’ 28-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons last weekend certainly caught everyone’s attention. It’s been several years since Cleveland flexed their muscles over an opponent like they did on Sunday.
The team’s performance is a testament to interim head coach Gregg Williams, who has gotten more out of this Browns roster in two weeks than the recently fired Hue Jackson could in his two and a half seasons in charge. Williams has taken plenty of flack over the years for his brash personality, but right now it’s working. Look no further than the postgame photo gone viral, showing a gitty group of players – including rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield – circled around Williams, leaping, fist pumping and celebrating after the game.
That rambunctious scene combined with the recent success on the field are enough to keep Williams’ name in the conversation to be the Browns next head coach. For general manager John Dorsey the decision he’ll make in about seven weeks though is a crucial one. He has to find the right man to lead this young, talented roster he’s helped assemble, on the field.
Maybe Williams will earn the job based on the team’s results the rest of the way. Dorsey admitted earlier this week that he’ll at least interview Williams but that could simply be a courtesy. There is no guarantee that Dorsey is committed to Williams as his full-time head coach. With hot, young names like Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley at Oklahoma and Matt Campbell at Iowa State, on top of NFL ready names like Josh McDaniels or John Harbaugh (if he becomes available), there are plenty of other candidates for Dorsey to consider.
Great as last week’s win over Atlanta was, it may be wise to pump the breaks on the Gregg Williams hype train just a bit. He by no means has the job locked up and here are three reasons why Williams won’t be retained as the Browns head coach.
NEO Sports Insiders Newsletter
Sign up to receive our NEOSI newsletter, and keep up to date with all the latest Cleveland sports news.