Gregg Williams Press Conference
The Browns have had a history of coaches with exemplary opening press conferences, only to be followed by disappointments on the field – leading to the coach being fired. New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams recently had a tremendous opening conference; I understand this will mean little if the Browns start out 1 -10 next year but there were some solid takeaways from his time with the media.
Pulling Back the Curtain
Williams spoke about many parts of the job that his predecessors have not disclosed. He mentioned (on several occasions) how others are willing to come in and steal an incumbent’s job on a daily basis – be it a player or coach. Coach Williams also let us in to his psyche, that he is extremely organized (to the brink of O.C.D.) and each day is a brand new one. By which, this means that evaluations will occur for players daily and no one is able to rest on past successes. I believe his style of motivating will be a huge positive for this defense. I anticipate a jump in performance, but there are many variables that can determine how large of rise from 2015.
Knowledge and Experience
The defensive coordinate mentioned all the stops that he has been to (in the NFL) over the past few decades. He also referenced how he was able to turn our defensive units in as little as one year. Personally, if Gregg can bring his usual tenacity his players play with – then he will have done his job. No matter whether it was against the Tennessee Titans (in the early 2000s), the New Orleans Saints (in the late 2000s), or the Saint Louis/Los Angeles Rams (in the middle 2010s) it was always a long day against a Gregg Williams led defense.
Effort, Effort, Effort
There was a tremendous amount of references to players working hard each and every day for its entirety. Fighting through pain or fatigue in the fourth quarter appears to be a foreign concept to the Cleveland Browns over the past few seasons. Hopefully this mentality will be altered – as the coach noted that he wants all of his players to be in shape and ready to go in spring practices. The Browns’ youth should surely help with this, as fresh legs late in contests appears to not be a problem.
Conclusion: The ultra competitive coach sounds like a smart hire for the Cleveland Browns. The defense (and the franchise as a whole) is in desperate need of an attitude adjustment; the Browns must be mean and nasty and not willing to put up with poor performances. I am eager for the 2017 already but there are many more things that must occur prior to this.