Remember Bob Wylie? The lovable offensive line coach on Hard Knocks that grabbed everybody’s attention?
He’s not so lovable these days. He’s throwing shots.
During a radio interview on Saturday — Wylie told Zach Gelb Show on CBS Radio and stated among many things about how head coach Freddie Kitchens had little to do with the offensive turnaround, giving credit to quarterback coach Ken Zampese.
“Kenny Zampese did all the coaching there. Baker likes Freddie, so that had to (inaudible) into the decision (to hire Kitchens).”
Wylie said that general manager Dorsey made the wrong hire as he passed over Gregg Williams, the interim coach during their 5-3 second half.
“That shocked me because Gregg Williams turned the team around. In the second half of the season, that’s his work that got it to where it is. My own personal feeling is Gregg was too strong a candidate for the seat,’’ Wylie said on the show via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “I don’t think Dorsey wanted to go head-to-head with Gregg like he had to do with Andy Reid in Kansas City, so he kind of filtered Gregg out of the picture and he kept the search going.”
The veteran coach expressed frustration over Kitchens not retaining the majority of the staff, turning them all into “collateral damage” after he got his interview and job.
“‘thank you guys, you guys did a great job. Thanks for helping me get the interview, okay? but I’m going to take this job and you guys are going to become collateral damage, that’s what will happen,”’
As far as him getting fired, Wylie explained how his daughter told him first while he was in the hospital.
“My daughter called me and said, ‘Hey, dad, you just got fired today,’’ Wylie said. “That’s the first time I head about it. I was laying in a hospital bed…they packed up my office and they put my office in storage because I was still in the hospital.”
Wylie clearly is not happy about how his tenure with the Browns ended.
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