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Chudzinski impressed with team's focus

Posted Sep 20, 2013

Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski is impressed with the focus the players have displayed since losing their starting quarterback and running back earlier in the week.

Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has been pleased with the team’s preparations leading up to Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at the H.H.H. Metrodome.

Chudzinski said the team was focused throughout the week, despite starting quarterback Brandon Weeden being ruled out because of a sprained right thumb in last Sunday’s 14-6 loss at the Baltimore Ravens and the trading of starting running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

“It’s been a busy week,” Chudzinski said. “I’ve been extremely impressed with our team’s focus and effort that we’ve had in getting ready for this game. We’ve had a great week of preparation. I’m looking forward to the challenge that we have with Minnesota. We talked a little bit earlier in the week with the team about doing a little bit more, and they’ve really responded. We have, obviously, a great challenge ahead of us and are excited about this game coming up.

“It’s about what’s important. It’s about what our goals are and what we want to do, that focus being on this game, the Minnesota game. I’ve really been impressed with our guys and how vehemently they’ve been working and focusing on going and winning the game.”

Chudzinski said maintaining focus has allowed him to respond to the changes that have taken place in the last five days and work toward the team’s first victory of the season.

“You need to get that first one before you get more,” Chudzinski said. “Sometimes, all it takes is a few plays to get that going. That’s where we’re at. We talked about, at the beginning of the week, ‘Just a little bit more,’ so that was the theme of the week. We’ve been close, but it’s time for us to make the plays when we need to and to be able to push through and win a game.

“I love Cleveland. I love these fans. I love this team. I feel strongly that I absolutely agree with our plan, what we’ve done to this point, and bringing a winner to Cleveland. I’m focused on this game and playing in Minnesota and getting our guys ready to play and win.”

HOYER IMPRESSES CHUDZINSKI

Quarterback Brian Hoyer was named the Browns’ starter on Wednesday and had a full week of film study, as well as on-field work, to get ready for his second NFL start. Chudzinski felt good about the body of work his quarterback put forth this week.

“I have full confidence in him,” Chudzinski said. “He’s had a great week of practice and preparation. I think, as the week went on, we got better and better and better. I really feel we’re good at where we’re at right now. After that, we’ll evaluate.”

GORDON RETURNS TO PRACTICE

Second-year Browns receiver Josh Gordon returned to the practice field this week after serving his league-mandated two-game suspension for a failed drug test. Chudzinski said Gordon was “very good” in practice.

“It was apparent that he worked the two weeks he was out,” Chudzinski said. “He came in conditioned, caught the ball very well, and it was good having him back out there.”

INJURY UPDATES

Following Friday’s practice, Chudzinski provided an update on several injured Browns players, including Weeden, defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin (calf) and offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao (ankle).

“Brandon Weeden saw a specialist yesterday,” Chudzinski said. “It’s highly unlikely he will need surgery. We’ll see how he progresses for his status for next week. Rubin is questionable and Lauvao is doubtful.”

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