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Highlights from Browns DC Gregg Williams' introductory news conference

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 19, 2017

Click the links for updated stories: 1. New Browns DC Gregg Williams vows to instill attitude in players: "I will not compromise on their effort and their toughness" 2. Browns notebook: Gregg Williams is eager to vie with his new boss in practice: "Talk is cheap, Hue. Let’s go"

The Browns held an introductory news conference for new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams Thursday afternoon at team headquarters.

Below are some highlights.

#Browns DC Gregg Williams is at the podium

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Browns announce addition of five assistant coaches

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 19, 2017

The Browns announced the hiring of five assistant coaches Thursday morning. All of the moves were previously reported.

The team has yet to hire a replacement for associate head coach-offense Pep Hamilton, who left for a job at the University of Michigan.

The Browns will introduce new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams during a news conference at noon Thursday.

Below is a news release from the team.

The Cleveland Browns have added five assistants to their coaching staff. Jerod Kruse (assistant defensive backs), Clyde Simmons (defensive line), DeWayne Walker (defensive backs), Blake Williams (linebackers) and Bob Wylie (offensive line) have joined the 2017 coaching staff. Simmons replaces Robert Nunn, who has been relieved of his duties.

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Browns hire offensive line coach Bob Wylie

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 18, 2017

Browns coach Hue Jackson witnessed Bob Wylie guide the offensive line of the Oakland Raiders to an impressive turnaround in 2011 and is hoping for some deja vu in Cleveland.

The Browns hired Wylie as their offensive line coach, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The Beacon Journal previously reported the move would likely be made.

When Jackson was the head coach of the Raiders in 2011, Wylie helped them tie for fourth in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed with 25. The season before Wylie's arrival, only five teams surrendered more sacks than the Raiders when they gave up 44.

Jackson seeks a similar transformation after firing offensive line coach Hal Hunter last week. The Browns allowed 66 sacks this past season, 17 more than any other NFL team.

The Browns are the eighth NFL team to hire Wylie, 65. He has also coached for six colleges and two Canadian Football League teams, spending the past three seasons as the offensive line coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

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The latest on the Browns coaching staff and previewing a Senior Bowl without Deshaun Watson

By Dan Kadar Published: January 18, 2017
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On this week's Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com podcast, we cover all things regarding the Cleveland Browns coaching staff.

On defense, Gregg Williams is in as defensive coordinator, and he's adding several coordinators he knows. Browns beat writer Nate Ulrich explains what we need to know about the coaches, and where the teams stands on finding a replacement for Pep Hamilton on offense.

The expectation is that Hamilton's replacement will be added before the Browns head to Alabama to coach in the Senior Bowl next week. We look ahead to some players the Browns may be interested in while they coach the South roster.

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Who will Browns coach in Senior Bowl? Rosters unveiled

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 18, 2017

The Browns will coach the South team and the Chicago Bears will coach the North team in the Senior Bowl next week in Mobile, Ala.

Game officials released rosters Wednesday for the event on the Senior Bowl's website. The rosters can also be found below. 

South team (coached by the Browns)  

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Report: Browns won't get to coach Clemson QB Deshaun Watson in Senior Bowl because he won't attend

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 18, 2017

Click the link for an updated version of this story: Browns won’t have opportunity to coach Clemson QB Deshaun Watson at Senior Bowl because he declined invitation

If Browns coach Hue Jackson is going to fall in love with Clemson national championship-winning quarterback Deshaun Watson before April's draft, apparently it won't happen next week at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Late Tuesday, Matt Miller of BleacherReport.com reported Watson would not attend the Senior Bowl and had hired David Mulugheta as his agent.

On Wednesday morning, NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler reported two projected first-round picks from Alabama -- defensive lineman Jonathan Allen and linebacker Reuben Foster -- also declined their invitations to the Senior Bowl.

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Browns will likely turn to veteran coach Bob Wylie in hopes of finding magic on their O-line

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 14, 2017

The Browns could use some of Bob Wylie's magic on their offensive line.

Not only is Wylie a veteran coach, but he's also an amateur magician known for entertaining his players with tricks and illusions.

Alex Marvez of Sporting News reported late Friday night that Wylie is the new Browns O-line coach.

On Saturday morning, a person familiar with the situation said Wylie is in the mix for the job and will likely be added to the staff.

Wylie worked under Browns coach Hue Jackson as the offensive line coach of the Oakland Raiders in 2011 and helped them tie for fourth in the NFL in fewest sacks allowed with 25. Only five teams surrendered more sacks than the Raiders the previous season when they gave up 44.

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Browns hire defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 13, 2017

The Browns secured a highly respected defensive backs coach by hiring DeWayne Walker.

Former Browns safety Tashaun Gipson let the cat out the bag Friday when he wrote on Twitter, "Cleveland got a legit one! Congrats coach Walk!! Major!!"

A person familiar with the situation confirmed Walker is the team's new defensive backs coach. The Browns have yet to announce the move.

Walker, 56, spent the past four years as the defensive backs coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who signed Gipson as an unrestricted free agent last year.

New Jaguars coach Doug Marrone recently fired Walker and several other defensive assistants who were under contract through the 2017 season.

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Browns QB Robert Griffin III helps renovate home of Vietnam veteran on HGTV's 'Fixer Upper'

By Nate Ulrich Published: January 10, 2017

Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III helped renovate the home of a Vietnam veteran on an episode of HGTV's Fixer Upper that debuted Tuesday night.

Griffin's Family of 3 foundation, which supports veterans and military families, partnered with Fixer Upper's Chip and Joanna Gaines to renovate the home of Bill Graham and his late wife, Sherry, in Waco, Texas.

Bill Graham, who served 41 years combined in the Army and National Guard, has suffered from prostate cancer as a result of exposure to Agent Orange and spinal stenosis.

"Families like the Grahams, they pay the ultimate sacrifice for this country," said Griffin, whose parents, Robert Jr. and Jacqueline, are retired Army sergeants. "And I feel like those are the people that we need to be helping more and more."

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Why Deshaun Watson could be the QB for the Cleveland Browns and thoughts on Gregg Williams (podcast)

By Dan Kadar Published: January 10, 2017
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Hot off winning the college football national championship game, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson could be in play for the Cleveland Browns in 2017 NFL Draft.

On this week's Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com podcast, Nate Ulrich explains why he could be in consideration to be taken with the first overall selection. Watson fits several criteria the Browns could be looking for at the position. But is he good enough to take over Texas A&M pass rusher Myle Garrett?

Marla Ridenour: Clemson’s Deshaun Watson worth the risk with Browns’ No. 1 pick

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