Browns' Hue Jackson says DC Gregg Williams shouldn’t call players ‘stupid’ in the media

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Browns coach Hue Jackson does not seem happy with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Williams recently told reporters “stupid” tackling caused defensive back Denzel Ward to injure his back in a preseason game against the Eagles last week. Jackson discussed Williams comments with reporters Monday.

“Gregg doesn’t get to do just what he wants to do,” Jackson said. “I mean, we’ll work through all of that. But our players, there’s a certain way we do want them to tackle, because of size, structure, and all that. We don’t want a guy to get hurt or anything like that. I mean I’m sure Gregg does advise, but we don’t need to do all that stuff in the media.”

Ward was diagnosed with back spasms and isn’t expected to miss any significant time. Williams said Sunday he was “glad to hear” the injury wasn’t serious. But, he wants Ward to focus on improving his form while tackling.

“Maybe he’ll finally listen to me and stop doing those stupid things the way he’s trying to tackle and tackle the way I tell him to tackle and he won’t get hurt,” Williams said Sunday (via Cleveland.com).

“I think this was a good enough shock that maybe he thinks that I might know what I’m talking about.”

The Browns selected Ward out of Ohio State with the fourth pick in the 2018 draft.