Browns DC Gregg Williams says Myles Garrett’s criticism is a ‘non-issue’
Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett recently made headlines for his criticism of the defensive scheme against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8. Many assumed his comments would not sit well with interim head coach Gregg Williams.
However, it appears Williams is not disgruntled with anything. According to Herbie Teope of NFL.com, he is adamant that there is no ill-will toward Garrett for speaking his mind:
“He’s fine,” Williams said. “He is totally fine and it’s really a non-issue.”
Williams’ comments should not come as a surprise. There have been some substantial changes to the coaching staff since that game. Now that Williams has been promoted from defensive coordinator to interim head coach, it is clear he has much more pressing concerns to worry about.
Furthermore, there was certainly some truth to Garrett’s comments. Cleveland’s defense held its own against Pittsburgh’s offense in the season opener. It appeared as though they were ready to do the same this time around after holding the Steelers scoreless in the first quarterback. However, things quickly went downhill en route to a 33-18 loss. The difference in performance by the defense was night and day. Garrett feels Williams’ attempts to get too fancy with their schemes ultimately deterred them from mimicking the same success.
Regardless, it is evident that the Browns are ready to turn the page on a new era for the organization. Williams will maintain his duties as defensive coordinator for the rest of the 2018 campaign. It remains to be seen whether or not he will keep an open ear to any more suggestions from players moving forward.