Man in Black: Intense is only way Jets’ Gregg Williams knows
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Gregg Williams has been described in many ways during his 30-year NFL coaching career — several flattering, and others not exactly appropriate for young ears.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are elite NFL players and quarterback Baker Mayfield is the most popular athlete in Cleveland.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Gregg Williams is the furthest thing from warm and fuzzy.
Never has been. And, never will.
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Jets draft Alabama DT Quinnen Williams with No. 3 pick
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets got a big building block for their new-look defense with their first pick in the NFL draft.
Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams was selected...
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Browns re-sign LT Greg Robinson after strong season
CLEVELAND (AP) — Greg Robinson resurrected his career and resolved a major problem for the Browns last season.
He'll try for an encore.
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Gase fills out Jets staff with Cooter, Jefferson among hires
NEW YORK (AP) — Adam Gase's coaching staff with the New York Jets has youth, experience, family ties and plenty of personalities.
The team announced that Gase filled out his staff Friday, including hiring Jim Bob Cooter as running backs coach, Shawn Jefferson as assistant head coach-offense/wide receivers and Frank Bush as assistant head coach-defense/inside linebackers.
Gase hires Gregg Williams as Jets’ defensive coordinator
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Gregg Williams was hired Wednesday as the New York Jets' defensive coordinator, the first major staff addition by Adam Gase since he became coach.
The team also announced it has retained special teams coordinator Brant Boyer, whose unit had a standout season.
AP Source: Former Broncos coach Joseph could join Browns
CLEVELAND (AP) — Freddie Kitchens hasn't signed his contract as Browns coach. He's working anyway.
Kitchens has begun assembling his staff and will interview former Broncos coach Vance Joseph to be his defensive coordinator, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press on Thursday.
AP Source: Browns hiring coordinator Kitchens as new coach
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns didn't have to go far to find their new coach.
Freddie Kitchens was already in the building.
The 44-year-old Kitchens, who had a dazzling eight-week run as interim offensive coordinator, is finalizing a contract to become Cleveland's ninth coach since the franchise's 1999 rebirth, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on the imminent hire.
Browns huddle in search for coach; Kitchens seen as favorite
CLEVELAND (AP) — One week into their expansive coaching search, the Browns are huddling.
After conducting interviews with seven candidates in seven days, general manager John Dorsey and members of the team's search committee, which includes owner Jimmy Haslam, were not expected to meet with anyone on Tuesday and could be evaluating their next move.
Browns interview Colts’ Eberflus after wild-card playoff win
CLEVELAND (AP) — Matt Eberflus has a past with the Browns. Maybe he'll have a future as well.
One day after his Indianapolis defense held quarterback Deshaun Watson and Houston's offense to just seven points in an AFC wild-card win, Eberflus became the sixth candidate to interview for Cleveland's open coaching job.
The Colts' dominant performance helped Eberflus boost a resume that already included a two-year stint (2009-10) coaching the Browns linebackers on Eric Mangini's staff.
Browns begin coaching search by interviewing Gregg Williams
CLEVELAND (AP) — Gregg Williams showed the Browns what he could do as their coach for a half-season.
On Tuesday, he shared his plans for a full one — and maybe more.
Williams, who led Cleveland to a 5-3 record as an interim coach, became the first candidate to interview with general manager John Dorsey, who is looking for a "man of character" to lead one of the NFL's rising teams.
Browns open wide coaching search; Williams first interview
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns believe they finally have the pieces. All that's missing is someone to keep them together.
A day after Cleveland ended a promising turnaround season following a winless 2017, general manager John Dorsey said he will interview interim coach Gregg Williams and offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens in his search for the Browns' ninth full-time coach since 1999.
Dorsey's pursuit will start internally and quickly expand.
Browns confident about future after rebuild under Williams
BALTIMORE (AP) — Gregg Williams has no idea whether he's going shed the interim label and return as coach of the Cleveland Browns.
It sure seems as if he wants to, though, so he can finish what he started.
After replacing Hue Jackson in late October and rallying the Browns (7-8-1) to within a victory of a winning record, Williams is confident that no matter who's in charge next year, the woebegone franchise is headed in the right direction with Baker Mayfield at quarterback.
Williams building strong case to be Browns’ next head coach
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Browns' playoff odds remain immense, nearly impossible.
Gregg Williams' chances, on the other hand, have improved.
Since being elevated to Cleveland's interim coach when Hue Jackson was fired on Oct. 29, Williams, the team's in-your-grill defensive coordinator, has guided the Browns to four wins — two on the road — and has a team that didn't win once last season playing meaningful December games, believing anything is possible.
Miller vows to keep timing snaps despite 3 flags last week
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Cleveland interim coach Gregg Williams warned his offensive linemen this week that Von Miller anticipates the snap as well as any pass rusher in the NFL.
"Oh yeah, you see that a lot, man. That's what he gets guys (on). He uses that to his advantage because a lot of guys panic as far as getting back," said Browns right tackle Chris Hubbard, who will try to keep the Broncos' star linebacker off quarterback Baker Mayfield this weekend.
Armed, dangerous: Browns’ Mayfield flexing rocket arm
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As Baker Mayfield threw long passes to his wide receivers and short ones to backs before Sunday's game against Carolina, Browns interim coach Gregg Williams knew his rookie quarterback was going to have a good game.
Big issue: Browns concerned with Newton’s size vs. Panthers
CLEVELAND (AP) — During a meeting this week with his defense, Browns interim coach Gregg Williams used star end Myles Garrett as a model.
And a warning.
A 6-foot-4, 270-pound mass of chiseled muscle, power and speed, Garrett cuts an imposing figure. He's a physical specimen, the kind of athlete that stands out even in a room full of elite humans.
Oh, and he happens to be about the same size as Carolina quarterback Cam Newton.
Browns rookie CB Denzel Ward in concussion protocol
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns rookie Denzel Ward remains in concussion protocol after getting hurt in Sunday's loss at Houston.
Ward got injured in the first half and did not return in Cleveland's 29-13 loss to the Texans, who won their ninth straight game.
Interim coach Gregg Williams said Ward was initially checked for a neck "stinger" before he was evaluated for a head injury. The No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft, Ward has three interceptions this season.
Road Tripped: Browns look to end 25-game road skid in Cincy
CLEVELAND (AP) — For more than three years, the Browns have only tripped on the road.
Cleveland hasn't won an away game since Oct. 11, 2015, a losing streak that has reached 25 straight — just one shy of the NFL record for road futility held by the Detroit Lions (2007-10).
Browns interim coach Williams to get shot at full-time gig
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — As John Dorsey prepares to make a critical decision he knows may shape Cleveland's football fortunes, the Browns general manager spends a moment every day giving himself a pep talk.
And a stern warning.
"Just make sure you don't mess it up, that's what I tell myself," Dorsey said. "Just don't mess this thing up."
Browns much better, show promising growth under Williams
CLEVELAND (AP) — From disorganized and dysfunctional to disciplined — and according to rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, dangerous.
The Cleveland Browns are looking a lot better these days.
Not great, but improved. Greatly improved.
Two weeks after coach Hue Jackson's long overdue firing, the Browns showed a glimpse of a brighter future with their best all-around game in several seasons, a convincing 28-16 victory on Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons.
Mayfield throws 3 TDs, Chubb has record run in Browns’ win
CLEVELAND (AP) — Before he rolled out of bed, Baker Mayfield had a premonition of near perfection.
More than a hunch.
"When I woke up this morning, I was feeling pretty dangerous," the Browns rookie quarterback said with a smile and a hint of arrogance. "I just woke up feeling really dangerous."
Coaches: curious calls, assertions, admonitions in Week 9
DENVER (AP) — Coaches made some curious calls, assertions and admonitions in Week 9 as the NFL hit the halfway point with some real head-scratchers.
Oakland coach Jon Gruden insisted the silver and black is still golden, saying he's getting calls from players dying to play for the Raiders (1-7) next season.
Browns lose defenders, drop fourth in row to end rough week
CLEVELAND (AP) — The coach changed. Everything else with the Cleveland Browns stayed the same.
Unable to slow Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City's thrill-a-minute offense, the Browns were soundly beaten — and beaten up — in a 37-21 loss on Sunday in Cleveland's first game under interim coach Gregg Williams.
Surging Steelers and slumping Ravens kick off Week 9 in NFL
The surging Pittsburgh Steelers and the slumping Baltimore Ravens are among the NFL teams kicking off Week 9.
The AFC North-leading Steelers (4-2-1) are aiming for their fourth straight win on the road against the division rival Ravens (4-4), who have lost three of four.
Gregg Williams has a challenging debut as Cleveland's interim head coach as the Browns (2-5-1) host the AFC West-leading Kansas City Chiefs, who are a conference-best 7-1.
Williams’ resume includes masterminding bounties scheme
Gregg Williams won a Super Bowl in New Orleans. He also was suspended for a year for organizing a bounty scheme with the Saints.
Williams, elevated from assistant to head coach of the Cleveland Browns when Hue Jackson was fired Monday, has quite the resume for his work building aggressive and usually successful defenses. That resume, though, is tainted by what went down in New Orleans.
Browns’ defense forcing turnovers at rapid rate
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — The Miami Hurricanes invented the turnover chain. The Browns borrowed that idea.
They've been stealing everything else lately.
With eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles in just five games, Cleveland's defense leads the NFL with 15 takeaways — two more than the Browns got during 16 games in their winless 2017 season.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns signed free agent cornerback E.J. Gaines, the latest addition to a revamped secondary.
Gaines played last season for the Buffalo Bills. The 26-year-old will be reunited in Cleveland with Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as the two previously worked together with the Los Angeles Rams.
The 26-year-old Gaines, who also met with the New York Jets, will bring speed and depth to the Browns.
Since 1998, two Vikings teams have won 12 or more games. Drew Brees beat the 12-win 2009 Vikings in the NFC Championship Game and will try to beat the 13-win 2017 Vikings on Sunday.
If Brees derails another Vikings team, you can blame a diverse set of characters, and none are named Naufahu Tahi or Gregg Williams.
Blame Alabama coach Nick Saban, who on Monday won another college football national title.
Saints a revenge game for Vikings fans; players not so much
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — For fans of the Minnesota Vikings, at least the ones old enough to drive, there's a score to be settled with the New Orleans Saints.
Eight years ago, the last Minnesota team considered a strong Super Bowl contender was on the verge of victory in New Orleans in the NFC championship game despite four earlier turnovers inside the raucous Superdome.
Deep thinking: Browns playing rookie safety Peppers way back
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Jabrill Peppers is playing yet another new position: way, way-back.
Cleveland's rookie safety has become the last line of defense for the Browns, who have gone to extreme measures to prevent teams from completing deep passes on their secondary.
Peppers has lined up 25 yards off the line of scrimmage in Cleveland's first two games, and the unusual strategy — devised by coordinator Gregg Williams — has been mostly effective in stopping the deep ball.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent defensive back Jason McCourty has signed a two-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.
McCourty played the past eight seasons in Tennessee, starting 90 games for the Titans. The 5-foot-11 McCourty fills a major need for the Browns, who are thin in their secondary. He gives the team experience and depth.
Defensive end Myles Garrett is blessed with so much ability even the beleaguered Cleveland Browns better not be foolish enough to use the first overall pick Thursday on another prospect.
Garrett is the highest-rated player in the three-day NFL draft, and he has said if the Browns pass him up, he'll make them pay.
They better believe him.
Garrett (6-4, 282) should be an ideal fit in new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' 4-3 scheme.
Free agent safety McDougald visits Browns
CLEVELAND (AP) — Bradley McDougald could fill a sizeable space for the Browns.
The free agent safety visited on Monday with Cleveland, which is in the market to replenish its secondary after losing Jordan Poyer in free agency and failing to sign Tony Jefferson.
McDougald started 31 games over the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The 26-year-old made 16 starts last year, recording 91 tackles and two interceptions. He started 15 games in 2015 and five the previous year.
Tough talk: Williams vows to make Browns tougher on defense
CLEVELAND (AP) — Gregg Williams talked tough.
Now he has to get the Browns to play that way.
Cleveland's new defensive coordinator made quite a first impression during a fiery, 48-minute introductory news conference Thursday in which the former Buffalo head coach vowed to bring out the best in his players but refused to address his NFL suspension.
Browns add 5 defensive assistants to Hue Jackson’s staff
CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Pro Bowler Clyde Simmons has been hired by the Cleveland Browns to coach their defensive line.
Simmons, who played 15 seasons in the NFL, spent the past five years as an assistant with the Los Angeles Rams. He's coming to Cleveland to work under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who has been brought in by Browns coach Hue Jackson to fix one of the league's worst defenses.
Browns hire Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator
CLEVELAND (AP) — Gregg Williams revived his coaching career after shame and suspension.
His next challenge: repairing Cleveland's leaky defense.
Williams was hired Sunday as the Browns defensive coordinator, replacing Ray Horton, fired by coach Hue Jackson less than a week after Cleveland concluded a 1-15 season.
Williams was banned by the NFL for one season in 2012 for his involvement in New Orleans' notorious "Bountygate" scandal. He spent the past three seasons with the Rams.
Browns hire Gregg Williams as new defensive coordinator
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns have hired Gregg Williams to fix a defense that was among the NFL's worst in 2016.
Buffalo's coach from 2001 to 2003, Williams spent the past three seasons as defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams. He replaces Ray Horton, who was fired by Hue Jackson after Cleveland went 1-15 this season. It's the second time Horton has been dismissed by the Browns after one season.
AP Source: Browns fire defensive coordinator Ray Horton
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns forced a big turnover on defense.
Following a 1-15 season, Cleveland fired defensive coordinator Ray Horton on Saturday night and the Browns have an agreement in place for former Buffalo coach Gregg Williams to replace him, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Williams was the Rams' defensive coordinator the last three seasons.
Browns contemplating change at defensive coordinator
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns are contemplating a major change on defense after a miserable 1-15 season.
Cleveland has discussed firing defensive coordinator Ray Horton, who rejoined the club on coach Hue Jackson's staff after being dismissed after the 2013 season.
One of the possible replacements for Horton is Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
Saints’ prolific day features trick play in rout of Rams
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The grin on Drew Brees' face as he discussed the longest of New Orleans' seven touchdowns against the Los Angeles Rams showed how much the Saints' record-setting quarterback enjoyed the 50-yard pass — even if he wasn't the one who threw it.
"There's an old adage: Let the throwers throw and let the catchers catch, but, man, that was pretty impressive," Brees said.
Pumped-up Payton coaches Saints to 49-21 rout of Rams
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Perhaps New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton hasn't moved on, judging by his raised arms, vigorous fist-pumps, emphatic high-fives and searing glares across the field.
Payton, Williams show signs of moving on as Saints host Rams
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton and Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams sound a touch sentimental when their time together in New Orleans comes up.
Perhaps they don't see the point of revisiting the disenchantment, anger and betrayal surrounding a sequence of events which included Williams' firing from the Saints; his subsequent cooperation in the NFL's bounty probe; and both coaches' season-long suspensions in 2012.