Gase hires Gregg Williams as Jets’ defensive coordinator

Sports 01/16/19, 15:36

Gregg Williams has been hired as the New York Jets' defensive coordinator, the first major staff addition by Adam Gase since he became coach.The 60-year-old Williams went 5-3 as Cleveland's interim coach this season after Hue Jackson was fired. At his introductory news conference Monday, the offensive-minded Gase said he ...

Ready Freddie: Browns make Kitchens new head coach

Sports 01/12/19, 12:43

The Browns have officially named Freddie Kitchens their coach after his strong, eight-game stint as offensive coordinator.Kitchens started the season coaching Cleveland's running backs. He agreed to a contract on Wednesday and signed it Saturday to become the team's 17th full-time coach.The affable 44-year-old became interim coordinator on Oct. 29 ...

Browns interview Kitchens, coordinator revamped offense

Football 01/07/19, 18:36

The Browns have interviewed coordinator Freddie Kitchens, who has already shown them what he can do with their offense.Kitchens took over game-planning and play-calling duties in October when Todd Haley was fired on the same day the club dismissed coach Hue Jackson. Cleveland's offense thrived under Kitchens and quarterback Baker ...

Source: Browns denying requests to interview OC Kitchens

Football 01/03/19, 18:41

A person familiar with the decision says the Browns have denied requests from other teams to interview offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens.There has been outside interest in Kitchens, who took over Cleveland's offense in October, said the person, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the Browns are not commenting ...

Browns interview former Colts, Lions coach Caldwell for job

Football 01/02/19, 19:29

The Browns have interviewed former Indianapolis and Detroit coach Jim Caldwell for their job.Caldwell met Wednesday with general manager John Dorsey and others on the search committee at the team's facility in Berea, Ohio. The team is confirming interviews after they are completed.The 63-year-old Caldwell is the second candidate interviewed ...

Williams interviews to coach Browns after strong interim run

Football 01/01/19, 18:28

Gregg Williams had his interview with the Browns, who were impressed by his leadership as coach in the second half this season.Williams went 5-3 as Cleveland's interim coach after taking over when Hue Jackson was fired on Oct. 29. The 60-year-old Williams is the first candidate to meet with general ...

Players hate to see coaches fired, but at least they’re paid

Football 01/01/19, 02:38

Every year, while a dozen NFL head coaches are preparing their teams for the playoffs, nearly as many coaches are called into their general manager's office and told they're fired for not being one of those dozen coaches who are preparing their teams for the playoffs.Eight coaches lost their jobs ...

NFL head coaching positions a slippery ride

Football 12/31/18, 15:14

Sean Payton despises the term "Black Monday." And he's one of the coaches who always survives it.Six head coaches were fired as the NFL season concluded, four of them on Monday. Two, Mike McCarthy in Green Bay and Hue Jackson in Cleveland, didn't even make it that far.Saints coach Payton, ...

Browns to interview Williams, Kitchens for coaching vacancy

Sports 12/31/18, 09:49

Browns interim coach Gregg Williams will be the first candidate interviewed for Cleveland's permanent position.Williams led Cleveland to a 5-3 record after Hue Jackson was fired on Oct. 29. Browns general manager John Dorsey said Williams, the team's defensive coordinator for the past two seasons, will have his interview Tuesday.Dorsey ...

Browns confident about future after rebuild under Williams

Football 12/30/18, 21:59

Gregg Williams has no idea whether he's going shed the interim label and return as coach of the Cleveland Browns.It sure seems as if he wants to, though, so he can finish what he started.After replacing Hue Jackson in late October and rallying the Browns (7-8-1) to within a victory ...

Raw rookie: Mayfield unapologetic for on-field antics

Football 12/26/18, 14:47

Baker Mayfield won't clean up his act.Criticized for taunting former Browns coach Hue Jackson in the closing minutes — and an earlier crude gesture — during Cleveland's win Sunday over Cincinnati, Mayfield reiterated he's "not a cookie-cutter quarterback" and doesn't care how he's perceived outside his locker room.After completing a ...

Big swing: Browns go from winless to almost winners in 2018

Football 12/24/18, 15:46

Just a year ago, the Browns were winless. They were aimless. They looked hopeless.Disgusted with their laughable team, some Cleveland fans spent the holidays planning a tongue-in-cheek parade around FirstEnergy Stadium to celebrate a probable 0-16 season. Coach Hue Jackson promised to jump into Lake Erie.Those gloomy days are long ...

Stare down: Mayfield throws 3 TD passes, Browns down Bengals

Football 12/24/18, 04:25

No awkward hug. No cold handshake. No holiday greeting.Baker Mayfield's only interaction with former coach Hue Jackson was an icy stare.Mayfield threw three touchdown passes to thrill a sellout, holiday-spirited crowd that came out to boo Jackson, and rookie Nick Chubb ran for 112 yard as the Cleveland Browns beat ...

NFL ICYMI: Baker gets a win, and sends his best to Hue

Sports 12/24/18, 02:04

Maybe it was Baker Mayfield's way of saying "Merry Christmas" to his old coach.OK, maybe not.Mayfield threw for 284 yards and three scores in engineering the Browns to yet another win Sunday, but his staredown of fired Browns coach Hue Jackson grabbed more attention than anything. It came after the ...

Bengals clinch last-place finish with 26-18 loss to Browns

Football 12/23/18, 18:54

Marvin Lewis spent about 60 seconds summing up his team's latest loss. Hue Jackson was nowhere to be found.At this point, there's not much left to say — the Cincinnati Bengals are a mess.A last-place mess.By losing for the sixth time in seven games, the Bengals locked up their first ...

Mayfield throws 3 TD passes as Browns down Bengals 26-18

Football 12/23/18, 16:10

Baker Mayfield threw three touchdown passes to thrill a sellout, holiday-spirited crowd that came out to boo former Cleveland coach Hue Jackson. The Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals 26-18 on Sunday and swept their southern Ohio neighbors for the first time since 2002.Mayfield continued his stellar rookie season, one that ...

Boo Hue: Jackson set for frosty homecoming in Cleveland

Football 12/20/18, 15:55

Tis the season for giving, and Hue Jackson's about to get something before Christmas he can't return.Fired by the Browns in October after winning just three of 40 games as Cleveland's coach, Jackson will return Sunday for the first time to face fans who haven't forgotten or forgiven him."I'm sure ...

NFL could come calling for Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley

Sports 12/18/18, 18:13

Watch any NFL telecast that involves a struggling team, and Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley likely will be mentioned as a potential candidate for that coaching job.It makes sense. In just 18 months since replacing Bob Stoops, Riley's high-powered offenses have produced Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield and ...

Williams building strong case to be Browns’ next head coach

Football 12/17/18, 17:57

The Browns' playoff odds remain immense, nearly impossible.Gregg Williams' chances, on the other hand, have improved.Since being elevated to Cleveland's interim coach when Hue Jackson was fired on Oct. 29, Williams, the team's in-your-grill defensive coordinator, has guided the Browns to four wins — two on the road — and ...

Mayfield, Browns send Panthers to fifth straight loss

Football 12/09/18, 16:31

Baker Mayfield outplayed Cam Newton, Jarvis Landry caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score and the Cleveland Browns damaged Carolina's playoff hopes with a 26-20 win Sunday over the Panthers, who dropped their fifth straight.Mayfield bravely threw a 51-yard TD pass into traffic to Landry, who had a ...

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