After only eight quarters of football as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Gregg Williams now has as many wins as Hue Jackson did in his first two seasons. The team, in general, simply looks better all-around. However, we’re not here to dwell on the past and the countless failures of Jackson. Rather, let’s look forward into the offseason.
What does the future hold for Gregg Williams?
Well, no one really knows. Maybe not even John Dorsey, the head (and really the sole member) of the search committee for a new, long-term head coach. What we do know is that in these past two games?t The Browns have looked like a much better, more complete team. The play-calling and the offense as a whole both look drastically improved. The defense also seems to be giving up fewer points relative to the powerhouse offenses that we have played the past two games. The penalties have cleared up, the special teams unit has been much better and everyone seems to be dialed in. It’s not often that the Browns actually look like a professional football team or someone that opponents should be genuinely concerned about. Perhaps now, that might be the case. So, what is the plan moving forward?
Well, the original and current plan was to keep Williams on as head coach for the rest of the season and revert him back to his defensive coordinator duties once we found a new head coach in the offseason. Solid plan, but what are the odds we actually keep Williams right where he’s at for seasons to come?
The answer to that question lies in these next few games. Much to our dismay after a fantastic win over the Falcons, the Browns have to somehow carry that momentum through our upcoming bye week. After that, we have six games left, three of which are divisional and two of which are against the Panthers and the Texans, both of whom sit at 6-3. It’s not necessarily the easiest task, but I think that if we can win four out of those last six games, there is a lot of reason to believe that Williams keeps the head coaching job. Not only is finishing the season at 7-8-1 considered a wild-card spot in certain divisions, but it would also mean that Gregg Williams has a record of 5-3 as our head coach. For a team that hasn’t seen a winning record at season’s end in over a decade, 5-3 is pretty darn good.
Sure, we could always be better and maybe finding an even better head coach is the answer, especially when you like to gamble as much as John Dorsey does. Quite frankly, I’ll trust in him no matter what he decides to do. Even so, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. If Williams can crank out four more wins the rest of the way, I’d be very interested and more than happy to give him a full season as head coach of this young, developing Browns team.