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Report: Browns give Williams Monday deadline to accept coordinator job

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The Browns appear to be changing defensive coordinators, and Gregg Williams has until Monday to decide if he’ll accept the job, Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reported Friday.

Marvez was first to report that the Browns will fire defensive coordinator Ray Horton. That hasn’t happened yet — which must make things pretty strange — and Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reported that other changes are forthcoming.

Browns Coach Hue Jackson said earlier this week he was not ruling out staff changes. Cabot reported that Horton’s firing “has been discussed for a few days” and “could happen soon.”

A coordinator change would likely mean other changes across the defensive staff, though for now it seems any future move is tied to Williams taking the job.

Williams has been a 4-3 defensive coach. The Browns were a base 3-4 team under Horton, who knows this process. He was hired last January but was already on the Browns’ payroll after a one-year stint with the Browns in 2013 under head coach Rob Chudzinski.

Williams has spent the last two seasons as defensive coordinator of the Rams.

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50 Responses to “Report: Browns give Williams Monday deadline to accept coordinator job”
  1. Matt from San Diego says: Jan 6, 2017 6:18 PM

    Thats an adorable ultimatum. 🙂

  2. bobthebillsfan says: Jan 6, 2017 6:18 PM

    So Williams has until Monday to accept a job that the current guy who hasn’t been fired yet still has.

    Wow. Only in Cleveland.

  3. cazspaz says: Jan 6, 2017 6:21 PM

    Stay classy Browns.

  4. jlgmr777 says: Jan 6, 2017 6:23 PM

    Bountygate aside; this would be an upgrade!

  5. mkelly534 says: Jan 6, 2017 6:24 PM

    Ray Horton used to be a good Defensive Coordinator. Maybe he just has bad talent (obviously he has bad talent) I cannot stand Greg Williams personally but I guess he is respected around the league. I would rather hire Wade Phillips. He has been a great coordinator great everywhere he has coached

  6. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 6, 2017 6:25 PM

    Pressure on Williams to take that opportunity of a lifetime

  7. pkrjones says: Jan 6, 2017 6:26 PM

    Everybody loves being badgered into accepting a position without exploring other options… good move, Cleveland. Can’t wait to see where Williams eventually ends up.

  8. wdcskins says: Jan 6, 2017 6:26 PM

    He better take it. No way incoming Sean Payton keeps him around in LA for the reunion. Nope, that’s a bad headline.

  9. mcjon22 says: Jan 6, 2017 6:30 PM

    Holding out for the possibility of landing the Miami job

  10. fumblenuts says: Jan 6, 2017 6:31 PM

    Take it Gregg, and turn that damn defense into hunters!!

  11. NFLexpert says: Jan 6, 2017 6:32 PM

    Williams will take the job before Monday. Phillips wants to stay in Denver where he doesn’t have to do anything but eat foot longs…

  12. mmack66 says: Jan 6, 2017 6:37 PM

    Gregg Williams to the Browns? Good lord, with all of the cheap shot artists, head hunters, and generally dirty players that the other 3 teams have, everyone in that division will be on IR mid way through the season.

  13. Should I Be Offended by Redskins? says: Jan 6, 2017 6:54 PM

    If any team in the NFL can’t take a hardline stance, it is the Cleveland Browns.

  14. bobthebillsfan says: Jan 6, 2017 6:54 PM

    I don’t think Wade Phillips would take it even if Gregg turns it down and the job is offered to him.. Wade is waiting to see if Matt Patricia gets an HC job, then he’ll go work for Bill and get another ring.

  15. theuncletodd says: Jan 6, 2017 6:59 PM

    lose the 3-4 (and Ray Horton) please… OR draft people that play in those positions, not ‘tweeners’, not 4-3 guys bulking up or shedding weight to play in a 3-4…

  16. jag1959 says: Jan 6, 2017 6:59 PM

    ‘Boy they run a tight ship there in Cleveland.’
    Said no one ever

  17. ricko1112 says: Jan 6, 2017 7:01 PM

    Who are the Browns fooling? It’s like the used car salesman trying to convince some schmuck that he better act fast because there’s another buyer for AMC Pacer with 250K, a trash bag taped over the passenger window, and the bumper tied up with string!

  18. 33vikes says: Jan 6, 2017 7:04 PM

    And yet, people crucify players who are given second chances. This dirtbag should be banned for life but spends his off season fielding job offers.

  19. onebuffalove716 says: Jan 6, 2017 7:07 PM

    So patience during the rebuild only holds true for the coach? I thought the analytics was going to be a success and it just needed time to work.
    Somehow this doesn’t seem right

  20. u4iadman says: Jan 6, 2017 7:11 PM

    He’d fit in better with the cheating pats.

  21. pridewatcher says: Jan 6, 2017 7:20 PM

    What will happen when Williams leaves the Rams for the Browns?

    Answer: The mean IQ in both teams is going to rise.

  22. dawgturd says: Jan 6, 2017 7:31 PM

    Cleveland browns laying down the law, I like it, now if they can only do that on Sundays…..

  23. cadreamer1969 says: Jan 6, 2017 7:51 PM

    Maybe Hue will promote Ray Horton for a position like PEP except for the defense.

  24. vinzclorth0 says: Jan 6, 2017 8:04 PM

    Worst organization in professional sports.

  25. littleseizures says: Jan 6, 2017 8:04 PM

    Neither Jackson, Horton or Williams will still be in Cleveland 3 years from now anyway.

  26. dawgturd says: Jan 6, 2017 8:12 PM

    I love the hate. This decision is easy,

    Horton sucks, Williams is better.

    It’s that simple.

  27. dawgturd says: Jan 6, 2017 8:16 PM

    I know our record doesn’t show it but, the days of the browns being a pathetic organization are over with, they want coaches that want to be apart of the turn Around, so if Williams wants it he should take it, they arnt gonna wait and beg, take it or we’ll find someone else.

    It’s all part of the change of culture they’ve been preaching all year. I like it.

  28. Frazier28/7 says: Jan 6, 2017 8:42 PM

    Who the hell is rob chudzinski?

  29. chronsy says: Jan 6, 2017 8:54 PM

    hmmm Hiring a coach to run the 4-3 with a generational 4-3 defensive end in the Draft and the #1 overall pick.. Yeah make it happen

  30. jmc8888 says: Jan 6, 2017 9:26 PM

    Wow, amazing. It really is the Factory of Sadness.

    A guy who is technically still on the Rams is being told by a 1-15 team run by the ‘smartest guys in the room’ he has a deadline to accept the job.

    Isn’t it funny that it was the FRONT OFFICE that gutted the team, and yet it’s the coaches who pay the price.

    Does Gregg Williams really want to jump on board when he’d likely get replaced after next year… either by the idiot front office using him as a scapegoat or with a GM/coaching full housecleaning?

    They drafted a gazillion wr’s last year and the best one on the team was a former QB that the coach brought in.

    Just remember this is the front office that decimated their ol and then went out and got RGIII. That was like storing firecrackers in a wooden building with a hay floor that used torches for light.

    Cleveland fans deserve better then a front office acting like they are the best team in football and anyone would be lucky to coach the Browns. He should laugh in the front office and say… no thanks… I’d rather wait and maybe be unemployed and stay on the Rams… at least they have talent on defense.

    I guess the new strategy is to push away coaches before they can reject them.

    Again this isn’t about Browns fans, I feel for them, it’s about the idiot front office who said they would be disappointed if they ‘only’ won 4 games last year, gutted the team, and fired the DC because they weren’t good enough.

    It would be like a hospital firing a doctor because he didn’t save the patient even though they didn’t have antibiotics, sterile equipment, diagnostic/testing equipment, surgical equipment, leaky roof, and black mold. Now THAT hospital is putting deadlines for a doctor to accept an offer to work at such a prestigious hospital.

    Simply sad.

  31. onereasonableman says: Jan 6, 2017 9:39 PM

    I’m so tired of being a fan of this franchise. They keep finding ways to look worse and worse. And just when it seems like we’ve hit rock bottom, they manage to drill deeper into the abyss.

  32. learysdisciples says: Jan 6, 2017 10:11 PM

    Only if he gets rid of the Gloria Vanderbilt glasses.

  33. cantonbound13 says: Jan 6, 2017 10:33 PM

    The Browns can hire Lombardi, Shula, Walsh & Belicheck, it doesn’t matter… They need more talent! Start by drafting a QB with the first pick.

  34. cuzzinjoey says: Jan 6, 2017 10:36 PM

    As a Raider fan and having seen this horrible movie, all I can say is I hope Haslam sticks with the program and doesn’t “reset” if they struggle another year.

    It will take until year 3 to see a competitive team go out and play that way for a whole season.

    Stockpile those draft picks and nurture the talent. Let the team gel. It will come.

    With Hue as HC, this team could be fun and exciting if patience is used by the organization.

    Would be nice if the Browns found success and we could all just laugh at the Chargers instead.

  35. jvw1982 says: Jan 6, 2017 10:56 PM

    Good for the Browns don’t let this guy drag you around and use you for a better contract someone else….if you want to coach for the Browns accept the job if not you will not be able to use them as leverage…..I’m loving Hue…..

  36. root4cleveland says: Jan 6, 2017 11:12 PM

    I like ricko1112 comment so much I’m posting it again here. Well played, ricko!

  37. pats14 says: Jan 6, 2017 11:32 PM

    u4iadman says:
    Jan 6, 2017 7:11 PM

    He’d fit in better with the cheating pats.

    ***************************************
    I feel for you bro. It must really suck to never get a taste of the SB.

  38. jdbaker01 says: Jan 7, 2017 12:13 AM

    Horton is the lucky one bc he gets to leave. The other assistants r probably gonna beg him to take them with him.

  39. thegaterecords says: Jan 7, 2017 1:00 AM

    Browns were so Brown that they’re actually keeping 2 defensive coordinators.

  40. my_old_name_was_offensive says: Jan 7, 2017 1:14 AM

    Makes sense….The Browns staff are one of two who will be coaching the senior bowl…They’ll definitely want their Defensive coordinator and his underlings to be in place for that event…

  41. florio4prez says: Jan 7, 2017 3:49 AM

    The Browns giving anybody an ultimatum just doesn’t make any sense.

  42. firerogergoodell says: Jan 7, 2017 5:43 AM

    Jeff Fisher fired and Gregg Williams going to Cleveland? This is a dream come true.

  43. mrboots721 says: Jan 7, 2017 6:27 AM

    Cleveland can hire all the DC’s and OC’s they want but until there is a change in ownership nothing will change. Haslams claim to fame is pumping gas. He knows nothing about running an NFL franchise.

  44. vikingdoode says: Jan 7, 2017 8:07 AM

    There’s a job you want to race out and get… Gregg Williams should take it. If your career should die it should be there!

  45. pkrlvr says: Jan 7, 2017 9:16 AM

    Glad to see that Jackson is finally going to consider hiring someone based on their talent instead of the color of their skin.

  46. aqibhasmorepick6sthantylaw says: Jan 7, 2017 9:52 AM

    That’s one heck of an ultimatum..

    Kinda like the emotionally unstable train wreck girl telling you that you have until Monday to decide if you’re gonna date her.

  47. hippieway says: Jan 7, 2017 10:36 AM

    And now, Ladies and Gentlemen, for comic relief, I give you the…..

  48. bengalsfan73 says: Jan 7, 2017 10:37 AM

    This will probably help the defense because Williams will give them bonuses if they try and injure players on the other team. Look out NFL because here comes the Cleveland Bounty hunters.

  49. habsfanatic says: Jan 7, 2017 11:23 AM

    A move to a 4-3 defense would all but confirm their choice of Myles Garrett at the top of the draft. This coaching change is thus more about building a defense around your next superstar and less about Horton’s performance as a coach.

  50. feauxley says: Jan 7, 2017 9:09 PM

    3/5 of his first name is G.

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