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Gregg Williams in as Defensive Coordinator; Ray Horton fired

The Browns have hired their new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after firing Ray Horton and are possibly looking for a new associate head coach

BEREA, Ohio--The Browns only won one game and their defensive coordinator is one and done, as well--for the second time.

Ray Horton has been fired and the Browns have agreed in principle with former Rams' defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to be their new defensive coordinator. 

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora first reported that Williams had accepted the position of defensive coordinator on Saturday and will bring three to four assistants with him.

Alex Marvez of Sporting News first reported that Horton might be fired and Williams could be his replacement. Marvez reported that Williams had over the weekend to decide if he wants the position. He also reported that former Broncos' defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been contacted. Horton was the Browns defensive coordinator for one season under Rob Chudzinski in 2013, but was fired after that season when Chudzinski's staff was let go.

Williams was a former head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2001-03 and was suspended for the 2012 season in the "Bounty-gate" scandal while defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints.

The Browns defense finished 31st in the NFL in the 2016 season, giving up 392.4 yards a game. They also gave up 28.3 points per game

In other news, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that associate head coach/offense Pep Hamilton is considering joining Jim Harbaugh's staff at Michigan. Hamilton worked under Harbaugh at Stanford. 

Although Hamilton is not listed as the offensive coordinator with the Browns--Hue Jackson calls the plays--he is considered the top offensive assistant on Jackson's staff.

Jackson said at his after the season press conference last Monday that he was considering making changes to his staff.

“I’m going to take a look at it all,” Jackson said concerning possible changes. “I think our staff worked extremely hard this year, but I think as being one of the leaders, we’ve got to go back and look at it all and see how we can get better. I think that’s truly our charge. How can we get this organization better in all areas as we move forward?”

Jimmy Haslam stressed continuity at his postseason press conference with the media, but if these changes happen, the Browns will have changed a head coach or at least one coordinator every season since 2010.


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