Browns hire Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns have hired Gregg Williams to fix a defense that was among the NFL’s worst in 2016.

Buffalo’s coach from 2001 to 2003, Williams spent the past three seasons as defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams. He replaces Ray Horton, who was fired by Hue Jackson after Cleveland went 1-15 this season. It’s the second time Horton has been dismissed by the Browns after one season.

The 58-year-old Williams will take over a defense that lacked playmakers and was gashed for big yardage. The Browns were ranked 31st in yards allowed, 31st in rushing and 30th in points allowed.

Williams has managed to get his career back on track following his suspension in 2012 for having a role in New Orleans’ pay-for-performance scandal, which came to be known as “Bountygate.”

Williams ran the Saints’ defense when they won the Super Bowl in 2009. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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