Browns HC Gregg Williams says he’s declined four head coaching jobs
The Cleveland Browns named Gregg Williams as their interim head coach after the firing of Hue Jackson, and he says he’s received lots of interest before. Williams has served as the defensive coordinator of the Browns this season, and their defense has been great. Williams has been coaching in the NFL since 1990, when he was a defensive assistant for the Houston Oilers. According to Williams, he has been offered head coaching jobs by several teams since 2003.
“Since I left Buffalo, I had 11 letters to interview for HC jobs, 4 of them didn’t even have to interview, just show up and sign the contract,” Williams told Cleveland.com.
Plenty of people are skeptical about this claim, as Gregg Williams isn’t known for being the most truthful man. Williams was the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints during the infamous “Bountygate” scandal, where players defensive players on the team had a pool of money that was distributed for injuring opposing players. Williams left the team and went on to join the then-St. Louis Rams in 2012.
It’s unlikely that Williams will still be the head coach of the Browns when the 2019-20 season comes around. The Browns are likely investigating other candidates with bigger names to transform the franchise. Williams insisted that he turned down these other offers because he wanted to be a part of something special in Cleveland.
Williams will probably finish out this season, but it’s uncertain whether or not he’ll remain with the team as a defensive coordinator.