Browns interim head coach Gregg Williams addressed Myles Garrett’s recent criticism of the defensive game-plan and indicated he thought it was an excuse.
Williams told reporters in his first press conference as interim head coach that Garrett’s comments are “really a non-issue,” but he has told his players if they can’t handle the responsibility to just blame him as a coach.
“People handle frustrations differently,’’ Williams said Wednesday. “One of the biggest gifts — I tell the coaches that get a chance to work with me and players — is my biggest gift that I give you if you have a hard time taking responsibility is blame me.
“They have had heard me say that over 100 times here. You can’t take responsibility? Just blame me. I’m OK with it.’’
He added: “There are people that respond that way. That’s just how they are. Some of you guys have kids. I have a bunch more kids, too. It’s crazy in some of the world and how we accept excuses anymore. My dad did not accept many excuses when I was growing up.’’
After the Browns’ Week 8 loss to the Steelers, Garrett expressed a variety of elements he wished the team had done differently on the defensive side.
“I think we just took the wrong approach this time,” Garrett said Sunday (per cleveland.com). “I think we should’ve just stayed with what we did the first time, just go with base calls and punch them in the mouth. I feel like we should’ve stuck with the same game plan.”
Williams also said he would meet with Garret to discuss his postgame comments and that he’ll “get to the bottom of it.”
The Browns (2-5-1) are set to host the Chiefs (7-1) in Week 9 with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. ET.