Defensive coordinator Williams improves Cleveland Browns – Cleveland Browns News

Defensive coordinator Williams improves Cleveland Browns – Cleveland Browns News



Gregg Williams’ approach as Browns defensive coordinator can be summed up in the title of a song by rocker Alice Cooper: “No more Mr. Nice Guy.”

Williams might try to soften his language in front of visitors to training camp this summer. But when the gates are closed to spectators, he lets his players know exactly where they stand in words that would make a felon blush.

“Let’s cut to the chase,” Williams said at the conclusion of minicamp. “I’m selling football. If you don’t get people to listen to you, you’re not going to sell anything. I think I got his attention. That’s all it is. There are lots of ways to go; pat you on the back — that hasn’t worked here, so why would we be surprised that all of a sudden we have to do something different?

“My job is to effect change. If you can’t effect change, you have to do something else. He has been extremely focused. I don’t care how I did it. You should see how hard he’s worked in the weight room. That’s his idea. That’s not my idea. That’s great.”


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Williams was answering a question specifically about Browns cornerback Joe Haden. Haden, a Pro Bowl player in 2013 and 2014 is coming off two sub-par seasons. He had two concussions in 2015 and last year played with two groin injuries that required offseason surgery.

“When I first got here and I met him, I went up to his office and we talked for a while, just about my toughness,” Haden said on April 18. “The biggest thing he told me was ‘if you didn’t play through your injury, I would tell them to get you out of…

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