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Report: Gregg Williams not a candidate for Browns’ full-time job

Vincent Frank
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The Cleveland Browns might have opted for Gregg Williams as their interim head coach over other qualified candidates. In no way does this mean that Williams will be the full-time option to replace the recently fired Hue Jackson on the sideline for the long term.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Williams has no chance to be the team’s full-time head coach following the 2018 season.

Known primarily for his role in the entire Bountygate scandal, Williams’ only previous head-coaching experience came with the Buffalo Bills from 2001-03. He posted a lowly 17-31 mark in those three seasons.

It’s not necessarily a surprise that Williams is viewed within the Browns’ organization as nothing more than a stopgap option. GM John Dorsey noted during Monday’s presser announcing Jackson’s firing that Williams would be a candidate for the job. But that seemed to be nothing more than lip service.

Already linked to Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley, the Browns are likely looking to make a splashy hire following the season. Seen more as a retread than anything else, Williams sure doesn’t fit into that category.