Nick Chubb: Gregg Williams "Was Everything"

Williams went 5-3 as Browns interim head coach, but that wasn't enough to keep the gig

Tiki and Tierney
January 17, 2019 - 7:12 pm

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Gregg Williams went 5-3 as Cleveland’s interim head coach this season. Put another way, he had more wins in eight games than the Browns had in 48 games from 2015-17 (four).

Nevertheless, that wasn’t enough to get the full-time gig. Instead, the Browns promoted Freddie Kitchens from offensive coordinator to head coach.

What kind of coach was Williams?

“He was everything,” Browns running back Nick Chubb said on Tiki & Tierney. “He was a great head coach. He did things the right way. I know for me, just being around a great coach in Coach (Kirby) Smart – Gregg had a lot of characteristics Coach Smart had. Just great leadership and just great at motivating guys and great passion about the game. He had all those qualities.”

Williams, 60, joined the Browns in 2017. He is now defensive coordinator for the New York Jets.

“It’s just tough,” Chubb said. “It’s a hard decision for someone to make, but I trust John Dorsey and Jimmy Haslam and all those people that’s in charge. I trust in them to make the right decision for us. We’re going to go out there and play for each other no matter what.”

Chubb, a second-round pick out of Georgia, rushed for 996 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie. He figures to be a fixture of the Browns’ backfield for years to come.

“I had a good feeling they would stay in house with Freddie or Gregg,” Chubb said. “I’m happy with the pick, and I’m ready to get back to work.”