Chudzinski and the Browns have attempted to convert 19 fourth downs, and have been successful on 10 of those occasions, with five either resulting in or directly leading to a touchdown.
“If you go back, Jimmy Johnson was that way,” Chudzinski said of his former coach at the University of Miami. “It’s really about the situations that come up. I see it as any other situation, and you want to execute. You have plays to execute and you want to get things done.
“It’s just a matter of: ‘How confident are you in those plays and really, in your players?’ I have a lot of trust, a lot of faith in our guys. Those are the things you weigh at those particular times. There’s times to do them, and there’s times not to do them. We’re going to tend to be on the aggressive side of those. You have four downs. You might as well use them all.”
“That’s his mentality, and that was one of the first things he told us when he got here: ‘We’re going to have an attacking mindset,’” said wide receiver
Fellow wide receiver
Bess’ first fourth-down reception against the Ravens went for a one-yard touchdown.
On fourth-and-goal from the one, Campbell lined up in the shotgun formation and delivered the football to Bess on an out route on the right side of the formation. Bess high-pointed the ball and withstood a hit in the back from a Baltimore defensive back as he fell to the ground for the score.
Bess’ second catch on fourth down came on the Browns’ last possession of the game.
The Browns faced a fourth-and-one from the Ravens’ 43-yard line, and out of the shotgun formation, Campbell fired a three-yard pass to Bess. In completing the pass to Bess, Campbell and the offense were able to wear off 2:55 from the fourth-quarter clock before kicker
“It was big because we needed to keep the drive going,” Browns left tackle
Veteran linebacker D’Qwell Jackson added, “The mentality, the way Chud addresses us and what he teaches us and what we talk about throughout the week, it started in the spring. He didn’t come in with a defeated mentality. He came in with a winner’s mentality, and that started up top with the renovations, new ownership. We’re doing things first class, and when you do things first class from the top, you get a better product on the field on Sunday.”