Coach Rob Chudzinski and the Cleveland Browns spent nine organized team activities sessions installing their offensive and defensive schemes, but when the team reports to the Berea training facility for next week's mandatory minicamp, the focus will shift from installation to execution of the plays called by offensive coordinator Norv Turner and defensive coordinator Ray Horton.
“We won’t be installing anything new for the minicamp,” Chudzinski said following Thursday’s OTA practice. “We’ll just be working through the minicamp with the same things we have done, give those guys a chance to go out and execute and play fast and be able to see how they can do that.
“The next step would be training camp, and that’s where we get the chance to really work the physical part of football, the techniques and fundamentals that we want to work on.”
Chudzinski said the Browns had another good week of organized team activities while working through their situational drills on the field.
“We worked some of our short-yardage; we worked some of our goal-line, the four-minute situation and then, the backed-up situation,” Chudzinski said. “We’ve got good work on that. I’ve been pleased with the focus again with these guys. We’ve thrown a lot at them, and that’s been by design that we’ve put a lot on their plates in teaching them and seeing how they are able to apply it out here on the field in the OTA setting.
“I’ve been pleased, looking at OTAs as a whole, with the progress that we’ve been able to make. I’m looking forward to minicamp and really looking forward to when we can put the pads on in training camp.”
When the Browns’ players reported for the start of the offseason program, they were introduced to the playbook and schemes that the coaches wanted them to run. After two weeks of meetings and strength and conditioning work, the players took to the field, where Chudzinski and his coaches emphasized an up-tempo pace to practice.
“We’re throwing a lot at them and purposely making it a fast tempo that they have to think and don’t have a lot of time to think,” Chudzinski said. “I think you saw that with some of the things, like with the play clock on. We really wanted to press them, have some long calls and things that they’re going to have to get up there and do quickly.”
ADDING DEPTH TO THE SECONDARY
During the free-agency period, the Browns added depth at cornerback by signing veteran
“Chris is a guy that I was familiar with being in Carolina and he was in Atlanta,” Chudzinski said. “He’s got really good feet, mirror skills and coverage skills, and he was a guy that we wanted to bring in to put in the mix with our corners and get a chance to compete. In this league, you need to have good corners, and Chris has been doing a nice job out there.”
In addition to adding Owens through free agency, the Browns traded for five-year veteran wide receiver
“Davone’s been great,” Chudzinski said. “He’s instantly bought leadership into a young room. He knows what it takes to be a pro and be successful. He’s helped the younger guys along, and I see him just talking to them, whether it’s in the cafeteria or out here and showing guys the right way to do things. He’s proven what he can do on the field, and he’s showing a lot of that on the field.”