Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Cleveland Browns part ways with interim head coach Gregg Williams

Cleveland Browns part ways with interim head coach Gregg Williams

Williams took over as the head coach for Jackson and was in charge of a defense that looked to be gaining momentum as the season progressed.

The Cleveland Browns selected offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to be their new head coach Wednesday. But the real difference for the Browns was what Kitchens was able to do for rookie Baker Mayfield after offensive coordinator Todd Haley was shelved the same day Jackson was. Kitchens, who was a three-year starting quarterback at Alabama, wasn't afraid to be creative as he used wide receiver Jarvis Landry on running plays and to throw passes, and he got major production from rookie running back Nick Chubb, left tackle Greg Robinson and receiver Breshad Perriman - three players under-utilized by Jackson and Haley. This would lead to an assumption that outside of a name that either has no connection to Kitchens or one that wouldn't be recognized, an internal hire could be the most realistic situation for the Browns' offensive coordinator position.

One likely reason that the Browns chose to keep Kitchens was because of his relationship with Baker Mayfield. They will go into the 2019 season with great expectations based on what they achieved in the second half of the 2018 campaign.

With Kitchens running the offense, Baker Mayfield became a star, and the offense put up big numbers in winning five of the final eight games, and almost beat the eventual AFC North Champion Ravens on the road in week 17. The Browns finished the year with a 7-8-1 record, their best since 2007.

Also, Gregg Williams, who went 5-3 as Cleveland's interim coach and defensive coordinator this season, is no longer with the team, the person said. Jones is a Bruce Arians disciple. He was promoted from defensive coordinator.

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