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32 minutes ago, Untouchable said:

Gase and Williams...anyone think we’re still going to have players showing up late for meetings or missing them entirely?

I wonder what the bounty would be for a teammate who was late. 

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24 minutes ago, playtowinthegame said:

 

 

By Scott Patsko, cleveland.com

 

1. A slice of Buddy Ryan

You will hear Ryan mentioned a lot now that Williams is with the Browns. He has described his defense as taking what Ryan built with the 46 defense, and built off it.

When Williams became Jeff Fisher's defensive coordinator, Fisher wanted him to create a hybrid.

"I took George Allen, I took Buddy Ryan, I took Dick LeBeau. I took Bud Carson. I put them all together and now it's kind of a Gregg Williams way that we do things," Williams told NFL Network in 2016. "But there's more Buddy Ryan in everything I do defensively, schematically, than anything."

Here's Williams talking with NFL Network about how he has been influenced by Ryan.

2. Linebackers and safeties must adapt

A key to Williams' defense is having linebackers and safeties that can audible the defensive call to the offensive formation.

Perhaps the hiring of Williams makes extending the contract of linebacker Jamie Collins even more of a priority. Browns coaches raved this season about Collins' football IQ. It might also mean the Browns look for an experienced safety in free agency to lead the largely inexperienced group it had in 2016.

In St. Louis, Williams had linebacker James Laurinaitis handling audibles on the field.

"I tell everyone all the time when they ask what defense we're playing, we're playing the defense James calls, not what I call," Williams told therams.com in 2015.

That quote is from the video below. It's six minutes well spent if you want to learn the basics of the 4-3 defense and gain some insight into how Williams runs it.

3. Players need a notebook

Matt Bowen was a safety for Williams in Washington. In 2013, as an NFL writer for Bleacher Report, Bowen provided an insider's guide to Williams' defense.

According to Bowen, Browns defensive players had better be ready to take notes, because Williams' defense is complex.

"His meetings reminded me of college-level courses that combined chalkboard sessions with film work. I still have the notebooks from my time in Washington, and they are filled with concepts, blitzes, coverages and so on," Bowen wrote. "The meetings were no joke, and we were tested every day when the film started rolling. Williams had no problem putting you on the spot to answer questions, identify concepts or offensive schemes."

4. Always in attack mode

The signature of a Williams defense is that it's always attacking. Expect the Browns to blitz a lot. After the Rams hired Williams in 2014, NFLcom writer Bucky Brooks wrote that former players raved about his aggressive nature.

"On passing downs, Williams certainly isn't afraid to mix in a variety of blitzes from exotic looks - including some Okie fronts (3-4 or nickel 3-3 packages) - as well as the standard 4-2-5 nickel front," Brooks wrote. "He will order up Cover 0 all-out blitzes in any area of the field, which makes him the ultimate gambler as a play-caller."

However, as Bowen pointed out on Bleacher Report, this can be Williams' downfall. "Blitz too much and you can hang your defensive backs out to dry with no help anywhere on the field," Bowen wrote.

5. Scheme to his players' strengths

Browns head coach Hue Jackson mentioned on Sunday that Williams always gets the most out of his players. In some ways, he is similar to Jackson when it comes to versatility and creativity. When the Rams hired Williams, ESPN's Jeff Triplett wrote about his creative use of safety Roman Harper.

"One example that stands out most was the way he made safety Roman Harper into a two-time Pro Bowler by using him as a frequent blitzer and pseudo-linebacker," Triplett wrote. "Williams would also mix and match between a 4-3 and 3-4. His most famous example (of creativity) was the Super Bowl win over Indianapolis and Peyton Manning when he had different plans for the first half, the third quarter and the fourth quarter."

Love it, especially the last part

 

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Just now, MasterChiefJets said:

Lee might get swallowed by the abyss.

or he may actually become the beast that i think he can be with good coaching. name all the players that improved under bowles...Adams who was going to be great anywhere and Henry Anderson who was miscast last year....Leo needs coaching.

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11 minutes ago, munchmemory said:

Last word from me:  You can be tough/intimidating without being psychotic and dangerous.  I never respected the guy after the "events" in NOLA.  All I'm saying is that he's not my cup of tea.  I respect that others have a different opinion of the guy.

I can tell you that no one is taking his brother's car on a road trip. 

The Germans are not invading Pearl Harbor on William's watch. 

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29 minutes ago, MDL_JET said:

Gase and Williams on one field?  They might not have a voice by the end of training camp.

Well from a coaching disposition standpoint, thats a complete 180 from Bowles. Things are going to be very intense at 1 Jets drive. No more milk and cookies

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1 minute ago, k-met57 said:

or he may actually become the beast that i think he can be with good coaching. name all the players that improved under bowles...Adams who was going to be great anywhere and Henry Anderson who was miscast last year....Leo needs coaching.

With a competent coach who coaches people up and plays them in the correct positions, any player can instantly be upgraded. 

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Just now, Butterfield said:

Hopefully the jets have good a secession plan in place.  Williams doesn't last places very long.  2 or 3 years at the very most.

2-3 years of teaching and building can set a player up for a lifetime of success...nothing to sneeze at.

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2 minutes ago, nico002 said:

When did Greg Williams become a hot commodity? Did everyone already forget when he ran the worst defense in the NfL with the saints?

wasnt he there when they won the SB?

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15 minutes ago, Creepy Lurker said:

The prospect of a 4-3 seems surreal to me. What does it even mean?(I know what a 4-3 is) 

All I’ve known is 3-4 defense without a pass rusher. This is exciting. 

This a defense that only works with the lead. No bending. No prevent. No running out the clock.

Let's get a God damn lead then pressure the QB, force some mistakes. 

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32 minutes ago, Adoni Beast said:

I love that Gase can focus solely on the Offense and Williams on the defense.

I love that both are absolutely no nonsense, in your face, get after it, Alpha males. Jamal Adams is going to love Williams. Trumane is going to hate him.

People are underrating Gase as an offensive mind. If we have a good free agency and draft we can turn this around quick.

Trumain Johnson has already stated in numerous other media that he loves Williams... he played with him in St. Louis... Tru wasn't the slacker the media made him out to be ... WIlliams and Lee are...

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Well, I will say this if they land Williams...we will have a no nonsense, take no b.s. coaching staff.  With the amount of loafers that Todd allowed to do whatever they want with no consequences on this team, this is a good thing.  Or, they completely alienate half the team and they literally riot in the locker room after their 3rd consecutive loss in week 5.

There is no happy medium.

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