One thing about the Cleveland Browns, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of accumulated drama.
Last week, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. came out to speak about his contempt for former interim Browns head coach Gregg Williams, currently the defensive coordinator with the New York Jets. And now, safety Damarious Randall is piling on.
In an interview with cleveland.com, writer Mary Kay Cabot chatted with Randall about the former defensive coordinator turned interim head coach once Hue Jackson was fired last season. The safety told Cabot that if indeed Williams had retained the head coaching gig this year instead of the hire of Freddie Kitchens, he would have asked for a trade:
“I don’t got no love for him at all. I’m happy he didn’t get the job here. Because if Gregg would’ve gotten the job here, I would’ve requested a trade immediately. I’m just not a fan of him. I’ve just never been a fan of him. There will be no love Monday night at all, period.”
Randall had an excellent season last year under Williams’ tutelage, one that was considered Randall’s best season since being a first-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 2015. He had 85 tackles, four interceptions and nine pass defenses in 15 starts, all career highs. So, his comments are a bit of a surprise. He also stated that he hated Williams.
The starting safety’s comments come on the heels of Beckham’s claims that Williams had been the person behind Beckham receiving a low hit in a preseason game against the Browns in 2017 in which he was injured and later missed 12 games due to a high-ankle sprain that lingered. Beckham also asserted that Williams had some current and former Browns defensive players receive instructions from the former defensive to take players out of games on purpose.
On Friday, Williams adamantly denied Beckham’s allegations.
Gregg Williams responds to Odell Beckham's comments: pic.twitter.com/3UuELtCLXN— SNY (@SNYtv) September 13, 2019
One player making accusations is enough, but now two? Of course Beckham’s comments came during the week leading up to the Browns playing the Williams-led Jets defense. In 2012, Williams was suspended a full NFL season for Bountygate; in which the embattled coach was accused of having his players create a fund that would be paid out to those who would injure opponent’s players on purpose.
Last year when the Browns went 7-8-1, the club played better under Williams than under then-head coach Jackson and went 5-3 during Williams’ brief tenure as the head man. Under Williams as the head coach, the Browns’ defense allowed 22.75 points per game.
Randall will not have a chance to take his anger at Williams out on the field as Randall has been ruled out of Monday’s game with concussion-like symptoms. It is assumed backup safety Eric Murray will start in Randall’s absence.