Browns interim HC Gregg Williams says he has ‘very good relationship’ with Baker Mayfield
The Cleveland Browns have put themselves into a transition period with the decision to fire head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley shortly following the Week 8 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This has put defensive coordinator Gregg Williams into the position of being the interim head coach for the time being this season. It has also shifted the conversation to his standing with rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, which he has quickly voiced that he believes he has a good relationship with him, according to Matthew Florjancic of Wkyc.com.
“He and I have had a very good relationship,” Williams said of Mayfield. “Every day in stretch, he’s got something he’s poking at me. (Wednesday), he had so many different things he was poking at me. Some we can’t repeat or print. That’s the fun part of it. The business is tough. The game is tough, but you have to have fun. You have to have some locker room fun. You have to have some practice fun.”
This will continue to remain a focal point for the franchise as Mayfield has become the clear-cut centerpiece for the team moving forward. Although Williams will more than likely not be the permanent replacement at head coach, his relationship with the rookie will be key moving forward this year.
There will be an emphasis a clear dialogue and understanding between the two as the Browns are hoping that Mayfield can take the steps toward proving he is the right quarterback to lead the franchise forward. He will have every opportunity in front of him now to take control of the offense while pushing the team through their struggles that have seen them currently on a three-game skid.
Beyond that, the next head coaching hire will have to possess the quality of being able to connect with Mayfield in order to help finally push the franchise forward.