1) He’s a Retread
As refreshing as Gregg Williams may seem to both players and fans through his two games in charge, the truth is, he’s a retread head coach. Williams spent three seasons as the Buffalo Bills head coach from 2001-2003. His record over that span, 17-31 with a best finish of 8-8 in year two, which was seen as progress after a 3-13 the season prior. When the team took steps backward though in 2003, finishing 6-10, Buffalo opted to not renew his contract.
That left Williams retreating back into the defensive coordinator ranks, holding that role with the Washington Redskins, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, St. Louis and Los Angeles Rams before joining Hue Jackson’s staff here in Cleveland last season. There was also one year spent in Tennessee where Williams title was Senior assistant defensive coach in 2013.
So after that one failed stint as a head coach, Williams has never been given another shot at the gig until now. And it took a coach losing 36 games in 40 tires for Williams to be handed just a interim title. There’s no denying that Williams is one of the NFL’s great defensive minds and this young Browns defense has shown improvements under his guidance these last two years. That said, there’s a reason Williams has been passed over for other head coaching jobs and made most of his living as a defensive coordinator.
Williams isn’t a fresh choice for the job. He’s a retread. In a two-game sample size, his old school personality is working for the Browns but it could grow old real quick.
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