In a not-so-shocking turn-of-events in Cleveland, the Browns have fired defensive coordinator Ray Horton after just one season with the team.
Horton led a young, and quite frankly, inexperienced defense which finished 31st in yards allowed and 30th in points allowed in 2016. That is the worst finish in points allowed in franchise history while it's just the 4th time the Browns have finished 30th or worst in yards allowed and first time in the bottom 30 since 1999. Those finishes were also a personal worst for Horton who's ben a defensive coordinator since 2012 in Arizona, Tennessee, and Cleveland.
Cleveland is bringing in Gregg Williams as Horton's replacement.
Williams is coming from Los Angeles where he led the Rams defense the last three seasons. While the Rams as a while team haven't looked spectacular, the defensive side of the ball has been their strength. Under Williams the Rams finished outside the top 20 in yards allowed once, 23rd in 2015, and outside the top 20 in points allowed once as well, 23rd in 2016. Williams also ran defenses in Tennessee (1997-2000), Washington (2004-2008), New Orleans (2009-2011 ... of course his season long suspension for bounty gate steamed from his time with the Saints), and of course the Rams (2014-2016). Williams also was the head coach of the Buffalo Bill for three seasons (2001-2003).
Williams should be a step up at the defensive coordinator position and should make this Browns defense respectable at the worst in his first year running things.