BEREA, Ohio -- Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has a clear directive for the direction he wants the team to take entering the 2013 football season: to be a group of men that works hard and is always in pursuit of more success.
“I think the identity that we want is a bunch of guys that come out that are hungry and anxious to play and are passionate about playing who are going to play tough, physical football and want to win for the Cleveland Browns,” Chudzinski said after Monday’s training-camp practice. “Where that ultimately stands is that teams that win are teams that have balance on all sides of the ball, offense, defense and special teams.”
During the offseason, the Browns have installed new offensive and defensive schemes. In place of the West Coast offense, the Browns have switched to a more aggressive, down-the-field approach. Along with the aggressive mindset on offense, the Browns have also embraced an attacking style 3-4 defense.
“I like what I’ve seen so far,” Chudzinski said. “I think the pass rush has been very good. I think the guys are grasping the defense and the concept of the defense as we are going on better and better and better.
“I see improvement and that is what I’m looking for during this part of training camp. I’m excited to get into the games and to see these guys against different guys other than the one they have been playing against in practice every day. I’m sure they are ready to do that as well.”
After Monday’s practice, the Browns will hit the practice field for a full session Tuesday, and then, have another day of work before opening the preseason against the St. Louis Rams at FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 8.
“We had a major install and as part of that we worked goal line today,” Chudzinski said. “Tomorrow, we will focus more on St. Louis and getting ready for the first preseason game to prepare our guys. This will be a really good opportunity to shift the focus from the installation phase of training camp into getting more focused on specifics about games. We are getting guys ready to play and seeing how they react in game-like situations. Obviously we are looking forward to get going with that.”
Second-year Browns running back
“It’s good to have him back out there,” Chudzinski said. “I have not decided anything about Thursday night in regard to Trent.
“We want to work him back in. We are going to be smart with him. We have a plan for him from a general sense. We want him to be able to work to get better, to be able to come out here on a daily basis during training camp.”
KNOCKING OFF THE RUST
After missing 10 games last season because of blood clots, offensive guard
“His ability to move back and forth is a good thing,” Chudzinski said. “He’s been getting back to form. That’s a process to be going through; he’s been through a lot. I am seeing signs, especially these last few days, of improvement.”
ENFORCING THE RULES
In an effort to improve player safety, the NFL is mandating all players wear leg and knee pads during games this season. It is a rule that Chudzinski has enforced during the team’s padded practices in training camp.
“Guys need to get used to it,” Chudzinski said. “It’s the way things are going to be. We are going to practice that way with them. There is a variety of different pads, size pads and styles of pads that guys can use. I know they have been testing them out and it’s been part of the reason why I want to make sure they have them on and along with the safety factors, obviously.”