The Cleveland Browns have seen remarkable improvement since firing head coach Hue Jackson and installing Gregg Williams as interim head coach. The team has won five of its last six games and already has its highest win total in over a decade. But the success Williams has had the last few months is apparently no guarantee to land him the full-time job.
According to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Williams is not considered the front-runner for the Browns head coaching job at season's end. Rapoport reported that Williams will be interviewed for the position.
Even after the surging second half of the season, Browns interim coach Gregg Williams isn't considered a front-runner or anything close for the full-time job. He will, however, receive an interview.
Williams was named interim head coach of the Browns on October 29, 2018, following the firing of Hue Jackson. He has gone 5-3 since then.
He has not served in a full head coaching capacity since he was head coach of the Buffalo Bills from 2001 to 2003. During those three years in Buffalo, Williams went 17-31 and never had a winning season.
Offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens, who has also been credited with tailoring the offense to suit rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, is also not seen as a lock to retain his job.
Cleveland is expected to cast a wide net and has no mandate to keep both coordinators, despite their success. Either way, Freddie Kitchens has earned the right to be a coordinator somewhere.
The Browns are set to finish their 2018 season on Sunday.