For the second day in a row, Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski liked what he saw from his team’s practice performance in training camp.
“These past two days have been good days in terms of work and really focusing on getting back to the basics,” Chudzinski said after Sunday’s session. “We had the shoulder pads on today, so we were able to do a little bit more hitting, blocking and working on the fundamentals.”
One of those “basics” of teamwork that Chudzinski knows is pertinent to build during training camp is trust.
“They are getting to know the offense, getting to know the defense and getting to know the special-teams packages,” Chudzinski said. “It’s been very individual in terms of that learning.
“Now, we are really emphasizing with the guys working together as a unit, the offensive-line communication and so forth, secondary communication, and all the things you want to develop through trust, playing with each other and being lined up and comfortable with the guy next to you.”
“Competition makes people better,” Chudzinski said. “I’ve always felt that, and that’s gone back to base philosophy from when I was playing football. Different ways of creating competition, you get into the doldrums of training camp and different ways of creating some fun as well.”
One of the ways in which Chudzinski created some fun during Sunday’s practice was inviting fans, Anthony Kinney and D.J. Rapposelli, to participate in a kicking competition. For Chudzinski, it was a way to involve fans, something he was of the Browns growing up in Toledo.
“For individual meetings that we had planned tonight, I told the guys if Anthony made the field goal, the offense wouldn’t have their individual meetings tonight, and D.J. kicked for the defense, and if he made it, the defense wouldn’t have their meetings tonight,” Chudzinski said. “Both of the guys made it, of course, and the guys were pretty happy about that.
“I have a special place in my heart for the fans and getting them involved out here in practice. I think everybody enjoys it.”