Browns’ Coach Hue Jackson irked by DC’s comments on Denzel Ward

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson is shown during training camp on July 26.Photo Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Jackson: “Gregg (Williams, defensive coordinator) does not get to do just what he wants to do."

Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson took issue with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams telling reporters that rookie cornerback Denzel Ward was injured because of the stupid way he tackles.

Jackson said that Williams needs to keep a tight lip as it relates to airing the Browns internal business.

Gregg does not get to do just what he wants to do. We will work through all of that. We do not need to do all of that stuff in the media, Jackson said.

Williams pointed to Wards tackling form as the reason the latter sustained back spasms while attempting to tackle tight end Zach Ertz during the first quarter of the Browns 5-0 preseason victory versus the Philadelphia Eagles last week.

The second of Clevelands two first-round picks (No. 4 overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft, Ward remained on the ground for a lengthy time before leaving the game. An MRI revealed no structural damage, per

I was glad to hear (it wasnt serious), and maybe hell finally listen to me and stop doing those stupid things the way hes trying to tackle and tackle the way I tell him to tackle and he wont get hurt, Williams said of the play.

Williams, however, is also on record as saying that Ward is one of the best press guys that he had seen coming out of the draft in recent years.

Ward was a somewhat surprising pick for Cleveland, which took him one spot ahead of Bradley Chubb, the pass-rushing standout from North Carolina State who was widely considered the top defensive player in the draft.

A consensus All-American at Ohio State in 2017, Ward appeared in 11 games and recorded two interceptions, 15 passes defensed and 37 tackles.

Shortly after the draft, Browns general manager John Dorsey said Ward possesses all the requisite tools to be a shutdown cornerback, citing his vertical speed, quickness and great ball skills.