Browns coach Gregg Williams says facing Hue Jackson won’t give players ‘extra juice’
The Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals are facing off on Sunday which will be the first time for Hue Jackson to go against the team he was the former coach of. Browns interim coach Gregg Williams doesn’t think that will prove to be any more motivation for his team.
“I wouldn’t think that any of them will need any extra juice,’’ Williams said via cleveland.com. “That’s not what we’re really about in that respect. I would probably say no.”
Jackson is a special assistant to Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, and even though Lewis is very familiar with his former team’s playbook, Williams isn’t super concerned about that playing too much into the game.
“I learned a long time ago that it’s more important that we know what we’re doing than somebody else,’’ Williams said. “That was pounded down my throat when I worked with (former NFL head coach and defensive coordinator) Buddy Ryan many years ago. I brought up something just like you did, and he ripped me pretty good.”
Even though he isn’t planning on changing the plays, the Browns will probably be switching up the verbiage of the plays as to not tip of Jackson as to what the team is doing. Jackson was hired by the Browns after the 2016 season and didn’t have a good run in Cleveland. He finished with only three wins in 40 games, and it became clear it was time for the team to hear a different voice.
After this season it’s unclear what Jackson’s role will be and with what team, but there is no question he should have a job next year.