Despite going 5-3 in the season's final eight games as interim head coach, the Browns decided not to keep Gregg Williams on in that role for the 2019 season.
In fact, Cleveland went with one of Williams' assistant coaches, offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens, instead of retaining Williams.
So Williams will again be available for employment. Does that mean he could be a fit for Washington?
There are a million things to consider here.
First and foremost, the Redskins still have not announced any staff changes, including defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. It's widely believed Manusky will be fired, but until it actually happens, all of this is just speculation.
Williams could also be a hot commodity as a defensive coordinator.
Or at least, he should be.
During the 2018 edition of HBO's Hard Knocks training camp show, Williams suggested he's had more than ten head coaching job offers, including multiple where he "didn’t even have to interview, just show up and sign the contract."
While that's probably hyperbole, Williams is a known defensive commodity in the NFL. He gets teams to play hard, tenacious defense and does not allow for chicanery on or off the field.
Some of that reputation isn't so good though. Everyone knows about Williams' role with the Saints during Bounty Gate, and that he was out of the league three seasons following an indefinite suspension.
But what some Redskins fans seem to be forgetting is how Williams' tenure ended in Washington.
He served as Redskins defensive coordinator from 2004 to 2007 during Joe Gibbs second run with the organization. There were some good defenses during that era, and many considered Williams the heir apparent to Gibbs. There were also instances where Williams' abrasive style showed up on the sideline.
He had a few spots where he showed up Gibbs, an icon with the team. The most memorable example was when Williams elected to line up 10 players on defense in the first game after Sean Taylor's tragic passing.
While it was a nice tribute, Williams never told Gibbs that it was the plan, and it became obvious after the game that the Hall of Famer didn't know.
Williams thought and expected he would get the head coaching job when Gibbs retired in 2007. Instead, the club let Williams walk and hired Jim Zorn. To run Williams' defense, the team promoted his lietuenant Greg Blache.
It didn't end well back then between Williams and the Redskins.
That might not matter now, 11 years later, but it is worth remembering.
Jay Gruden will be the Redskins' head coach in 2019. That's the one thing that seems certain about the Washington coaching staff. Players love Gruden, and he has built the reputation as a player's coach. Some would argue he could use a bad cop to balance his good cop attitude.
Williams would absolutely come in and play the bad cop role.
In the NFL, like life, bridges get burned. It happens.
In Ashburn, can they get rebuilt?
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