BEREA, Ohio -- When the Cleveland Browns took the field for the first time at training camp under the direction of head coach Rob Chudzinski Thursday evening, they were serenaded by the familiar sounds of dog barks from fans.
And for Chudzinski, an Ohio native and lifelong fan of the team, he felt right at home.
“It was awesome,” Chudzinski said after practice. “Looking out and seeing some of those young faces out there with their Browns jerseys on, knowing how much that meant to me and I’m sure how much it means to them, hearing the dog barks and those kinds of things, that’s the kind of excitement we want at practice. We want to generate it. Our fans deserve it, and we plan on giving it to them. I love it loud.
“It’s great to see the fans out here and be around this great group of fans and the great fans that we have that are a part of this franchise. It’s a lot of fun.”
Much like Chudzinski, eight-year veteran inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson felt the fans made a difference at Thursday’s practice.
“It makes it a little bit easier,” Jackson said. “You’re so in tune to what you’re doing, a play call, making the right call, making signal checks, and when you’re not doing anything, you look at the crowd and guys are screaming your name. It’s great to have the fans come out and support. I’d rather they be here every day.”
In addition to enjoying the fan interaction, Chudzinski was pleased with the work his players put in on the field, saying that for the first practice after a six-week break from on-field work, he was pleased.
“It’s exciting to get started and have everybody back out here,” Chudzinski said. “It was a great first day. It’s a process. We have a long way to go and a lot of work to do, but you have to take a first step to do that, and we took the first step today.”
Now, Chudzinski’s focus shifts to building on the first day by getting a consistent effort from the players.
“This is the tempo that I’ve always been used to practicing,” Chudzinski said. “This is how it should be on a day-to-day basis. It was a wait. I think today was the longest day waiting. We had all our guys out there real early, but it’s good to get it under our belts. We have a lot of work to do.”
In addition to Faulk and Nelson, tight end