Can Cleveland Browns Interim Coach Gregg Williams win the course by winning some games?

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Gregg Williams has been the interim head coach of the Cleveland Browns for two weeks and he has won one game. How long can he sustain this raging pace? We will have to wait an extra week to find out, because this is the day of the Browns & # 39; day.

They will not play again until November 25 in Cincinnati. Until then, Williams was able to base himself in the glow of the winning Browns coach in this century. The winning percentage of Williams' .500 (1-1) makes the winning percentages of all who came to mind him dwarf. Especially he who came in front of him.

Hue Jackson, whose firing two weeks ago led to the ascent of Williams on the most thorny throne of pro football, left with a winning percentage of .088 (3-36). That is the worst winning percentage of one of the nine main coaches, including an interim coach, who led the Browns since the team entered the NFL in 1999.

It is not a nice list. Presented in descending order, by winning percentage: Butch Davis .407 (24-35), Romeo Crennel .375 (24-40), Eric Mangini .313 (10-22), Mike Pettine .313 (10-22), Pat Shurmur .281 (9-23), Rob Chudzinski .250 (4-12), Terry Robiskie (interim) .167 (1-5), Chris Palmer .156 (5-27), Hue Jackson .088 (3- 36).

Williams immediately jumped to the top of that list due to the Browns & # 39; 28-16 victory at the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. That improved the Browns record to 3-6-1, which is clearly not a play-off material, but for a franchise that only achieved one victory in the previous two years, 3-6-1, and 1-1 under Williams , accelerates the pulse of the crowd of fans.

It was not only the win Sunday that was remarkable. It was what the Browns looked like. How they played. How she did not defeat herself with punishments, mental errors, physical missteps and general general incompetence.

In the two games since Williams was named coach – the other was a 37-26 loss for the Kansas City Chiefs – the Browns have been competitive, committed, aggressive and confident. They have coached.

Would that, and what follows for the rest of the season, suggest the possibility that the next head coach of the Browns could be their current interim coach? Let's play the what-if game.

After their day-week, the Browns have six games left, all challenging. They play twice in Cincinnati, plus Houston, Carolina, Denver and Baltimore. Four of those six teams have winning records. The two with lost records are Denver (3-6) and Baltimore (4-5), but the Browns will play both games on the road, where Cleveland has not won a game for three years. The Browns currently have a losing streak of 25 games. Their last win on the road came on October 11, 2015, when they defeated the Ravens in Baltimore 33-30.

Those remaining six games will be difficult, even for a Browns team that seems rejuvenated, not broken, due to the recent coaching change. But what if the Browns manage to win three or four of their remaining games in one way or another?

If so, would Williams be conceivable as a full-time head coach next year? There are people for whom such a scenario would be disgusting given Williams' baggage. To begin with, there is his record of 17-31 in his three years (2001-03) as head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

But that is only cabin baggage compared to the huge steamer box that Williams has lugged as a result of the suspension for the 2012 season, for his part, as defensive coordinator in New Orleans, in orchestrating a premium program in which Saints players were rewarded for disable opponents from a game.

On the other hand, the head coach of Saints, Sean Payton, was also suspended for a year because of his share in that messy business, but Payton returned to the Saints the following year as head coach. So that's there.

The search for Browns 'next coach is reportedly led by General Manager John Dorsey, who received critical acclaim in his first year on the job for his rapid upgrade of talent to Browns' selection. Owner Jimmy Haslam said that if Williams was interested in the main coach job, "he will be a candidate".

Ever since joining the interim coach seat, Williams has toned down and displayed the stunner he was known for at his first press conference as interim coach when he informed reporters: "Since I left Buffalo, I had 11 letters to interview for (head coaching) jobs, four of them did not even have to interview, just show up and sign the contract. & # 39;

In his two weeks since becoming interim coach, Williams has fallen back on more sterile, conventional coaching. They have only been two games. One was not terrible, the other was very good. There are still six games left to evaluate the Browns under Williams and Williams with the Browns.

A 0-6 or 1-5 finish will not work. But if the Browns win three or more of their remaining games and remain competitive, a flood of support for Williams from the team's tortured fanbase seems predictable.

Browns head coach Gregg Williams, who gives a thumbs-up to fans after the victory of his team on Atlanta on Sunday, has the highest winning percentage of every Browns coach in this century. He is 1-1. (AP Photo / David Richard)

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Gregg Williams has been the interim head coach of the Cleveland Browns for two weeks and he has won one game. How long can he sustain this raging pace? We will have to wait an extra week to find out, because this is the day of the Browns & # 39; day.

They will not play again until November 25 in Cincinnati. Until then, Williams was able to base himself in the glow of the winning Browns coach in this century. The winning percentage of Williams' .500 (1-1) makes the winning percentages of all who came to mind him dwarf. Especially he who came in front of him.

Hue Jackson, whose firing two weeks ago led to the ascent of Williams on the most thorny throne of pro football, left with a winning percentage of .088 (3-36). That is the worst winning percentage of one of the nine main coaches, including an interim coach, who led the Browns since the team entered the NFL in 1999.

It is not a nice list. Presented in descending order, by winning percentage: Butch Davis .407 (24-35), Romeo Crennel .375 (24-40), Eric Mangini .313 (10-22), Mike Pettine .313 (10-22), Pat Shurmur .281 (9-23), Rob Chudzinski .250 (4-12), Terry Robiskie (interim) .167 (1-5), Chris Palmer .156 (5-27), Hue Jackson .088 (3- 36).

Williams immediately jumped to the top of that list due to the Browns & # 39; 28-16 victory at the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. That improved the Browns record to 3-6-1, which is clearly not a play-off material, but for a franchise that only achieved one victory in the previous two years, 3-6-1, and 1-1 under Williams , accelerates the pulse of the crowd of fans.

It was not only the win Sunday that was remarkable. It was what the Browns looked like. How they played. How she did not defeat herself with punishments, mental errors, physical missteps and general general incompetence.

In the two games since Williams was named coach – the other was a 37-26 loss for the Kansas City Chiefs – the Browns have been competitive, committed, aggressive and confident. They have coached.

Would that, and what follows for the rest of the season, suggest the possibility that the next head coach of the Browns could be their current interim coach? Let's play the what-if game.

After their day-week, the Browns have six games left, all challenging. They play twice in Cincinnati, plus Houston, Carolina, Denver and Baltimore. Four of those six teams have winning records. The two with lost records are Denver (3-6) and Baltimore (4-5), but the Browns will play both games on the road, where Cleveland has not won a game for three years. The Browns currently have a losing streak of 25 games. Their last win on the road came on October 11, 2015, when they defeated the Ravens in Baltimore 33-30.

Those remaining six games will be difficult, even for a Browns team that seems rejuvenated, not broken, due to the recent coaching change. But what if the Browns manage to win three or four of their remaining games in one way or another?

If so, would Williams be conceivable as a full-time head coach next year? There are people for whom such a scenario would be disgusting given Williams' baggage. To begin with, there is his record of 17-31 in his three years (2001-03) as head coach of the Buffalo Bills.

But that is only cabin baggage compared to the huge steamer box that Williams has lugged as a result of the suspension for the 2012 season, for his part, as defensive coordinator in New Orleans, in orchestrating a premium program in which Saints players were rewarded for disable opponents from a game.

On the other hand, the head coach of Saints, Sean Payton, was also suspended for a year because of his share in that messy business, but Payton returned to the Saints the following year as head coach. So that's there.

The search for Browns 'next coach is reportedly led by General Manager John Dorsey, who received critical acclaim in his first year on the job for his rapid upgrade of talent to Browns' selection. Owner Jimmy Haslam said that if Williams was interested in the main coach job, "he will be a candidate".

Ever since joining the interim coach seat, Williams has toned down and displayed the stunner he was known for at his first press conference as interim coach when he informed reporters: "Since I left Buffalo, I had 11 letters to interview for (head coaching) jobs, four of them did not even have to interview, just show up and sign the contract. & # 39;

In his two weeks since becoming interim coach, Williams has fallen back on more sterile, conventional coaching. They have only been two games. One was not terrible, the other was very good. There are still six games left to evaluate the Browns under Williams and Williams with the Browns.

A 0-6 or 1-5 finish will not work. But if the Browns win three or more of their remaining games and remain competitive, a flood of support for Williams from the team's tortured fanbase seems predictable.

Browns head coach Gregg Williams, who gives a thumbs-up to fans after the victory of his team on Atlanta on Sunday, has the highest winning percentage of every Browns coach in this century. He is 1-1. (AP Photo / David Richard)