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Jets hired Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator.

Williams was somewhat of a laughingstock as Browns defensive coordinator in 2017, but he did a better job in 2018 as he served as interim head coach. Devoted to aggression and deep safety drops, Williams has coached just about everywhere and overseen some strong defenses, most famously the Super Bowl winning Saints in 2009. He has some interesting pieces to work with in New York, but he's inheriting a unit that was nothing special in 2018. He figures to butt heads with coach Adam Gase.
Jan 15 - 2:43 PM

New coach Adam Gase provided no comment when asked if Gregg Williams will be the Jets' defensive coordinator at Monday's introductory press conference.

Williams is believed to be weighing the seven head-coaching job offers he received via snail mail over the past two weeks.
Jan 14 - 4:11 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns are working on a deal to hire ex-Cardinals coach Steve Wilks as their defensive coordinator.

Wilks had a failed one-year stint in Arizona, but this is a strong addition to Freddie Kitchens's staff. It's not a terrible fallback for Wilks, who should have a head coach of the defense role. The Browns will keep their 4-3 system under Wilks, but his zone schemes should improve a Cleveland secondary that allowed the eighth-most yards in the league in 2018.
Jan 11 - 7:09 PM

Former Cardinals coach Steve Wilks will interview for the Browns' defensive coordinator opening on Friday.

It's the first interest Wilks has drawn since being fired on Black Monday. Wilks was out of his depth as a head coach but before that, he was a strong defensive coordinator in Carolina. Cleveland is looking to replace Gregg Williams, who was axed upon Freddie Kitchens' promotion to head coach earlier this week. Wilks favors a 4-3 defensive scheme, which the Browns also used under Williams.
Jan 11 - 1:26 PM's Ian Rapoport reports ex-Lions OC Jim Bob Cooter will interview for the same position in Cleveland.

Cooter's 2018 offense was an unmitigated disaster, but it's unclear where his blame ends and coach Matt Patricia's begins. We have been inclined to blame Patricia, who wanted a fire-and-brimstone running approach. Cooter's receiver corps was also decimated by trade and injury. Cooter had previously earned plaudits for dramatically increasing Matthew Stafford's efficiency. He would not be a bad caretaker hire for new coach Freddie Kitchens, who will likely continue to call his own plays.
Jan 10 - 5:08 PM

Ex-Broncos coach Vance Joseph will interview for the Browns' defensive coordinator vacancy.

Joseph just interviewed with the Cardinals on Thursday. He's also considered a possibility for the Jets. An on-the-rise coordinator before his unsuccessful two-year stint as the Broncos' head man, Joseph is back in demand.
Jan 10 - 3:19 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports ex-Bucs OC Todd Monken will interview for the same job with the Browns.

According to RapSheet, Monken has also spoken with the Jaguars about their OC opening. Joining the Browns under a head coach who likely will continue to call plays would be an odd move for Monken, who shined as a play caller with the Bucs. The Jaguars opening makes more sense, but they have serious questions at quarterback.
Jan 10 - 11:22 AM

Browns fired QBs coach Ken Zampese.

The Browns are also moving on from offensive quality control coach Brian Braswell, special teams assistant Josh Cribbs, assistant DBs coach Jerod Cruse, special teams coordinator Amos Jones, defensive quality control coach Eric Sanders, offensive assistant Bob Saunders, LBs coach Blake Williams, DC Gregg Williams and OL coach Bob Wylie. New coach Freddie Kitchens is still assembling his staff, though he's expected to retain WRs coach Adam Henry, RBs coach Ryan Lindley and DBs coach DeWayne Walker.
Jan 9 - 5:23 PM

Browns fired DC Gregg Williams.

Not many want to admit it, but Williams did a pretty good job with the Browns. Cleveland was No. 2 in the league in turnovers created and No. 7 in pass-defense DVOA. He also helped right the ship after Hue Jackson was fired following Week 8, as Williams was given interim coaching duties and teamed up with OC Freddie Kitchens to guide the Browns to a 5-3 finish to the season. But the Browns ended up hiring Kitchens as head coach on Wednesday and really couldn't flip Williams back under Kitchens. Kitchens will have the right to build his own staff.
Jan 9 - 12:27 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports Vikings OC Kevin Stefanski is being interviewed a second time for the Browns' head-coaching vacancy on Tuesday.

That is certainly indicative of a serious candidate. Buzz has been rising Tuesday that the Browns are leaning toward promoting OC Freddie Kitchens, but they are not going to do so without due diligence on at least one other candidate. Stefanski could still end up remaining in Minnesota to coordinate the offense.
Jan 8 - 2:30 PM

ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports the Browns' meeting with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy is "on hold."

McCarthy was supposed to interview for the job last week, but that never happened. Demovsky reports "things are on hold for now while the Browns talk to other candidates." McCarthy still "remains very much in play for the Jets," according to Demovsky.
Jan 8 - 9:56 AM

The Canton Repository reports Patriots OC Josh McDaniels is "enthusiastically interested" in the Browns' head-coaching vacancy.

Per reporter Steve Doerschuk, the sides have "used back channels to indicate a mutual preliminary interest." Be that as it may, an interview has yet to be scheduled. McDaniels is interviewing with the Packers on Friday. An annual candidate, going as far as to briefly accept the Colts job last year, McDaniels has been extremely hesitant to bolt New England. Perhaps he views Baker Mayfield as a meal ticket that cannot be screwed up.
Jan 3 - 10:59 PM

The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich reports the Browns have interviewed ex-Lions coach Jim Caldwell for their head-coaching vacancy.

The Athletic's Michael Lombardi initially reported Caldwell had two interviews lined up after his meeting with the Packers, so it seems the Jets and Browns filled in the gaps. Cleveland has clearly cast its net wide in the search for its next head coach, but the franchise is better off looking elsewhere than the offensively-inept soon-to-be 64-year-old. The Browns will also bring in ex-Packers coach Mike McCarthy, Saints TEs coach Dan Campbell, Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores, and Vikes OC Kevin Stefanski over the next week.
Jan 2 - 7:37 PM

The Browns will interview ex-Packers coach Mike McCarthy for their head-coaching vacancy Thursday.

McCarthy has also been linked to the Jets and Bucs but has turned down the Cardinals. Despite wearing out his welcome in Green Bay, McCarthy seems like a good bet to land another head job right away.
Jan 1 - 9:18 PM

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns have "no plans" to interview Adam Gase for their head-coaching vacancy.

The Miami Herald had called Gase to the Browns a "very, very real possibility" but evidently that's not the case. The Plain Dealer does report Gase has "at least" three other interviews lined up. That has been widely reported, but teams other than the Cardinals have yet to emerge. Gase's agent is doing good media work.
Jan 1 - 3:57 PM's Ian Rapoport reports Vikings interim OC Kevin Stefanski remains a candidate for the permanent job.

Stefanski seems like a shoo-in to replace John DeFilippo on a permanent basis. The question is if it's the best job he's offered. He will officially interview for the Browns' head-coaching vacancy on Monday.
Jan 1 - 1:17 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns and Packers have sought permission to interview Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell for their head-coaching vacancies.

Also the Saints' tight ends coach, Campbell had a somewhat memorable stint as the Dolphins' interim coach in 2015. He would immediately become the most yoked head coach in the league. Campbell certainly seemed like a leader of men during his short time in Miami, but he has never so much as called plays at the NFL level.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 12:07:00 PM

NFL Network's Jim Trotter reports Mike McCarthy is not interested in the Cardinals' head coaching position.

Trotter writes the Cardinals have "strong interest" in McCarthy, but the former Packers coach "has family considerations that are likely to keep him closer to Green Bay." On Sunday, Arizona Republic columnist Bob McManaman reported McCarthy "will be the next head coach of the Browns."
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 11:28:00 AM

The Browns have requested to interview Colts DC Matt Eberflus for their head coach job.

Eberflus had a complete turnaround in Indy as a first-year coordinator, taking one of the worst front sevens in the league to a top-15 defense. He's credited with developing stud rookie LB Darius Leonard and coaxing a career year out of former second-round bust Margus Hunt. A riser in the coaching ranks, 48-year-old Eberflus is known as a high-level schemer that comes from the Rod Marinelli and Monte Kiffin coaching tree. He joins Adam Gase and Mike McCarthy as early candidates for Cleveland's head coach job.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 11:16:00 AM

The Miami Herald's Adam Beasley reports Adam Gase is a "very real possibility" for the Browns' head coach job.

This isn't the first time we're seen Gase connected to the Browns. 40-year-old Gase is coming off two straight losing seasons and had bottom of the league offenses in Miami, but he's the youngest retread available this coaching cycle. Owner Jimmy Haslam is a known Gase supporter, so it won't be surprising if he gets an interview. Gase is high on Baker Mayfield but has a rocky relationship with Jarvis Landry — a potential concern given his history of chasing off players. The Browns aggresively pursued Gase for their head coach job back in 2014.
Mon, Dec 31, 2018 11:01:00 AM

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