The Cleveland Browns started to clean house again, at least on the defensive side of the ball. Ray Horton was fired after being at the helm of the NFL’s worst defense. More assistants will be next as the Browns already sought out a replacement before officially letting Horton go. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has reportedly accepted the job offer and is expected to bring three to four assistants with him.
Although he is most famous for Bounty Gate down in New Orleans, he was suspended for a year and has put the past behind him. Recently, Williams was the DC for the St. Louis/ Los Angeles Rams for the past three seasons.
Typically, he runs top-10 defenses. LA finished 9th in total yards allowed per game, 10th in passing yards and 16th in rushing. This is exactly what the Browns need after a dreadful season finishing in the basement of most major defensive categories.
Ray Horton’s base 3-4 scheme will be replaced by Williams’ attacking 4-3 schemes. This aggressive defense should create heavy pressure on opposing quarterbacks. The Rams recorded 31 sacks last year, that’s five more than the Browns achieved. Cleveland has always had problems on the defensive side of the ball for as long as I remember. The hiring of Gregg Williams is a great one and has my stamp of approval.