Browns coach Gregg Williams on going for it on 4th-down vs. Broncos: ‘We came up here to win’
Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph may have played it conservative on fourth down against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday night, but Browns head coach Gregg Williams wasn’t about to do the same thing.
With a one-point lead with under two minutes to go, Williams decided to go for it on 4th-and-1 from the Broncos’ 10-yard line. The Browns did not convert, but were still able to hang on for an impressive 17-16 victory.
Williams then defended his decision after the game, per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:
“The big thing was, we came up here to win the ball game,” Williams told reporters after the 17-16 Cleveland win. “I don’t think anyone was ever worried about me not being aggressive. We came up here to win it. Offensively, we were going to win it right there. If not, defensively we’re going to come back and do it, pretty similar to how we finished the game on defense going all-out blitz. That’s the aggressive nature of this team. They accepted it very well.”
Of course, because the Browns ended up winning the game, it ended up being a no harm, no foul type of situation, but what if Denver came down the field and kicked a field goal to snatch the victory?
Had that occurred, Williams would likely be the subject of massive criticism on Sunday.
Regardless, the Browns earned the win and moved to 6-7-1. Shockingly, they now find themselves in playoff contention with two games left for them to play.
Cleveland has not made the postseason since the 2002-03 campaign.