The Cleveland Browns have led each of their six regular-season games at halftime, but have lost three of those contests due to offensive and defensive issues.
In the Browns’ three wins, they have held a 37-27 advantage. However, the Browns have been outscored, 55-3, after halftime in their three losses, and coach Rob Chudzinski spent the early part of this week taking “a hard look” at how to improve the team’s second-half issues.
“There’s a lot of different things that come up and ideas and reasons from a coach and player standpoint, and it starts with me,” Chudzinski said. “We need to get better in coming out and playing in the second half. We’re looking at tape and studied all the tape, and ‘What are we doing from a scheme standpoint? Offensively? Defensively? Special teams?”
One of the things Chudzinski has not noticed is a lack of effort from his players when they come out of the locker room after the 12-minute halftime.
“It’s not a matter of emotions or energy coming out the in the second half because that’s there,” Chudzinski said. “It’s a matter of being able to jump back into the game at the same speed that you left it.
“We’ve been stressing that with our players, as well as just some things procedurally, being able to get them going again physically, as well as what we’re going to do and some organizational things in making sure that they’re clear with on what we need to happen in the second half.”
“As the first half is going on, you’re talking about things that you need to do, the adjustments you’re making,” Chudzinski said. “A lot of times, we’re already making adjustments as the games going on. Halftime kind of just gives you time to reset. Then, players have a few minutes.
“When things are going well, you’ve already made some of the adjustments in the first half. It’s a matter of what we’re doing coming out in the second half. Maybe, it’s not a matter of adjustments as it is just making sure that everybody knows where we’re going from here.
“If you’re not playing well in the first half, maybe it’s more major. The adjustments are more major. There’s examples of us having to do some of that, not just offense, not just defense, but on special teams, as well. Personnel and adjustments, you have to make when somebody gets hurt in the first half. We’ve had a number of those types of things. It can be a lot that you’re doing at halftime. It can be not a lot based on how the game is going, but whatever it is, we’re going to do the best we can and continue to improve coming out in the second half.”