Browns tap Gregg Williams as new defensive coordinator

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have a new defensive coordinator, Head Coach Hue Jackson announced on Sunday.

Gregg Williams will join the team, replacing Ray Horton, who has been relieved of his duties.

Williams has coached in the NFL for 26 years: He served as head coach for three teams and 15 as a defensive coordinator.  Williams led the Saints’ defensive unit that won Super Bowl XLVI and a Titans defense that advanced to Super Bowl XXXIV.

“We are thrilled that Gregg Williams is joining our staff as defensive coordinator,” Jackson said. “Gregg has been an outstanding defensive coach in this league for a very long time. His defenses have frequently finished among the top ten in the league. He adapts his scheme to maximize the strengths of his personnel and has always been able to get the most out of his players. We look forward to him coming in, helping our players improve and helping us become the winning team we are all working towards.”

On the decision to go with a new defensive coordinator, Jackson said, “I needed to look at our staff and I needed to look at our team and figure out what is going to be the best way for us moving forward so that I can bring winning to the Cleveland Browns. That’s what I was interested in doing. These are tough decisions. These are hard decisions, but they are decisions to me from a leadership position that have to be made if you are going to create the winning environment that I hope to create here.”

When asked about any more coaching changes, Jackson says that he is still in the evaluation process.

“This is a thorough evaluation of our staff. I am going to do this brick by brick in how we have to do this and put this thing together. Everybody kind of knows where they are and where I am. If you are asking will there be more changes as we move forward, yeah, there could potentially be more changes. There could be more changes because guys have better opportunities. There could be more changes because I think something is going to improve us and make us better. When I set out to take this job, I told you my expectation was I was going to win here, and I am going to win here. In order to do that, we have to and I have to make some tough decisions as we move forward as to what is best for our football team.”

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