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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Baker Mayfield couldn’t consider it.
The Cleveland Browns quarterback used to be giving his post-game press convention overdue Monday evening, simply mins after he helped lead his group to a 23-Three victory over the New York Jets. New York, after all, is the group that employs former Browns meantime trainer Gregg Williams as its defensive coordinator.
After every week of Williams and Browns receiver Odell Beckham Jr. buying and selling barbs, Williams stated he didn’t believe Beckham to be a “dynamic” participant.
“He stated that?” Mayfield stated incredulously of Williams feedback. “Jesus. Subsequent query. No longer a dynamic soccer participant, OK.”
Irrespective of Williams’ opinion of Beckham, it used to be the all-pro wideout’s 89-yard landing snatch — a occupation lengthy — that helped seal the Cleveland victory.
“It used to be lovely dynamic,” Mayfield deadpanned when requested concerning the play.
When Williams were requested about Beckham ultimate week, he joked by means of answering “Who?”
Beckham returned the want.
“Who?” Beckham joked. “Everyone has a proper to their very own opinion. He’s a lovely trainer and he has a really perfect protection, however I’m finished speaking about it. We received, so I simply attempted to make performs to assist the group.”
The spat began when Beckham stated that the Browns needed to be careful for “grimy performs” and “reasonable pictures” that he stated Williams instructs his gamers to make use of. Beckham stated that he had present Browns teammates inform him that Williams allegedly ordered Browns gamers to check out to hurt Beckham throughout a 2017 preseason recreation through which Beckham performed the Browns as a member of the Giants.
“I assumed it used to be absolute best, particularly for a man his caliber,” Browns receiver Jarvis Landry stated of Beckham’s ranking. “I stated it previous once I heard he wasn’t essentially the most dynamic participant within the NFL. He does such things as that every day. It’s what to anticipate.”
A reporter cracked a funny story and requested Landry: “The place’d you listen that from?”
“Gregg Williams stated that,” Landry stated, as he began to stroll away. “It’s absolute best.”
Beckham completed the sport with six receptions for 161 yards and the ranking.
“The entirety fuels me,” Beckham stated. “Excellent feedback about me, unhealthy feedback, the entirety fuels me.”
Gregg Williams reacts throughout Monday evening’s loss to the Browns. (Photograph: Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports activities)
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Williams interviewed for the open Browns head coaching job after the team fired Hue Jackson in the middle of last season. Williams had helped turn Cleveland’s season around as its interim coach, leading the team to a 7-8-1 record last year. Current coach Freddie Kitchens, who became the Browns’ offensive coordinator after Jackson was fired, eventually was hired as the full-time head coach, leaving Williams to look for other opportunities and eventually land with the Jets.
Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said he didn’t speak with Williams after the game,
“I looked for him but he wasn’t out there,” Kitchens said. “He did a good job. Gregg did a good job of combatting some of the things that we had. He wasn’t going to let us beat him deep. He did a very good job.”
Bulletin board material and trash talk aside, there was a technical aspect to the Browns facing a Williams defense. Due to the familiarity the Browns have with Williams and his schemes, Cleveland looked back at his time with the team to try to figure out what he would do.
“We actually watched practice tape from last year, just to see some of his blitzes and some of the things that he did, some of his tendencies,” Browns left guard Joel Bitonio told USA TODAY Sports. “He had a few new wrinkles for sure. He got home a couple of times. But it was good. You kind of know when you get to the goal line, he’s going to run a certain front, or a certain blitz, just different tendencies like that. You kind of know he’s not afraid to blitz the house when he wants to. All those things were helpful. But with Gregg you have so many options. You don’t know what you’re going to get because he has that rolodex for sure.”
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