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Browns coach Gregg Williams says Cleveland is still fighting

Cleveland Browns interim head coach Gregg Williams is pleased with his team’s fight despite a difficult season.

The Browns are 4-7-1 on the year, and despite firing former head coach Hue Jackson and relying on an emerging star quarterback in Baker Mayfield, the franchise is still clearly in a transition phase filled with plenty of unknowns.

Williams, however, feels like the roster continues to show focus and grit during the stretch run of the regular season, via Steve Doerschuk of CantonRep.com.

“They were here and they were into it,” Williams said. “They were jabber, jabber, jabber.”

Williams also praised the Browns’ effort in Sunday’s 29-13 loss to the Houston Texans.

“I thought Baker did a very good job all day long in the leadership aspect,” Williams said. “The leadership aspect on defense and on special teams … the guys never flinched. We just need to do a better job in the point-producing areas and understand what the takeaways mean.”

Mayfield has thrown for 2,639 yards during his rookie season to go along with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. While the Browns have seemingly played with a bit more consistency since Jackson’s firing, some issues will likely need to be fixed before the franchise can take a significant step forward.

Of course, that will start with the head coaching search, which figures to include plenty of intriguing candidates due to Mayfield’s play this season.

The Browns will return to the field on Sunday for a Week 14 clash against the Carolina Panthers.