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Notes: Browns hire Saskatchewan GM/coach Chris Jones as senior defensive specialist; Gregg Williams reportedly will join Jets

New coach Freddie Kitchens is willing to look anywhere to build his staff.

He’s hiring Chris Jones of the Canadian Football League as senior defensive specialist, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram.

Jones has worked in the CFL since 2002 and was the coach and general manager of the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the last three years. He went to the playoffs twice and was named Coach of the Year.

Jones was a graduate assistant with Alabama in 1997 when Kitchens was the senior quarterback.



Former Cardinals defensive coordinator Al Holcomb, 48, was scheduled to interview Wednesday with the Browns, The Athletic reported.

Holcomb has spent the last six years working with new Browns defensive coordinator Steve Wilks — five as linebackers coach with the Panthers and last year as coordinator with Arizona when Wilks was coach.

The Cardinals defense ranked 20th in yardage (358.8) and 26th in scoring (26.6). Arizona had the league’s worst offense.


Former Browns interim coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams reached an agreement to be coordinator of the New York Jets under new coach Adam Gase, according to multiple reports.

ESPN reported Washington also pursued Williams, who spent two seasons with the Browns and went 5-3 as interim coach to finish the 2018 season. He interviewed for Cleveland’s full-time job that went to Kitchens.

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