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Chudzinski to evaluate each position

Posted Oct 21, 2013

The Cleveland Browns are committed to winning, and will play the players who give them the best chance to do so.

Cleveland Browns coach Rob Chudzinski is determined to lead the team to victory, and expects the players to produce in every phase of the game when they are on the field.

After Sunday’s 31-13 loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Browns’ coaching staff will use that philosophy when making personnel decisions leading up to this weekend’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“We’re just looking for the guy that’s going to give us the best chance to win at all positions,” Chudzinski said. “I’ll stick with our process that we’ve had throughout, which, basically, right now and up to this point, is about evaluating the last game.

“Our guys are looking at themselves, and we have plenty of places and plenty of opportunities to get better. By no means was it just one guy, and certainly, it wasn’t a perfect game by anybody. I can guarantee you that we’re going to put the best guys out there, the guys that give us the best chance to win, and that’s what we’ll always do.”

Chudzinski said the evaluation process includes looking at all aspects of the game, from the coaching to the execution of the plays, before coming up with a strategy to get the players to perform better on the field.

“It’s a process that we want to improve on, and I’m confident the mistakes and some of the things we did wrong yesterday are the types of things that we can improve on,” Chudzinski said. “We had 12 penalties and that’s not acceptable. We’ll get better at that and eliminate those.

“There were a number of mental mistakes and breakdowns that led to some key plays that we weren’t able to execute on. There were some missed opportunities that make a difference in the game. Whether it’s a catch, whether it’s a sack, being close to those and not making the play, we need to get better at that.”

Chudzinski also said the Browns need to do a better job of transferring success in practice to the game.

“I think that we’ve had some good practices and good preparation, and being able to, for our team, carry that to the game, we weren’t able to do this past week,” Chudzinski said. “Those are all things we feel like we can improve on. Everything is still out there for us, and it’s another big challenge and opportunity for us to play this weekend against Kansas City.

“I would hope that they’re disappointed. We lost the game, so there’s nothing wrong from that standpoint. I know that this group is a mentally tough, resilient group. I think they’ve shown that, and this is another opportunity for us to display that and bounce back like they’ve done before and like I expect them to.”

RUNNING THE BALL

The Browns rushed for 83 yards against the Packers and have gained 604 on 156 carries through the first seven games of the season. After averaging 3.9 yards per carry through the early part of the season, the Browns are looking for added production from the running-back stable of Willis McGahee, Fozzy Whittaker, and Chris Ogbonnaya.

“I think that can take some of the attention off the quarterback, and I think we’ve made strides in that area,” Chudzinski said. “I think we’re doing better in that area. It’s not where you’d like it to be, and we need to continue to make progress. The more balance you can have, obviously, it helps everybody involved.”

GORDON’S MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon caught only two of the six passes he was targeted with on Sunday, and failed to catch both a deep pass on fourth-and-15 from Green Bay’s 31-yard line and also, a potential touchdown on third-and-goal from the four-yard line in the end zone during the fourth quarter against the Packers.

“Josh wants to be an elite receiver in this league, and those are the kinds of plays you have to find a way to make,” Chudzinski said of the fourth-and-15 attempt. “He tried to body-catch it, more so than high-pointing it, so those are some technique things that we can work with him on. I’ve seen him make some great catches before, and he’s going to make more from here on out.”

KEEPING THE GAME SAFE

Browns safety Tashaun Gipson was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness for a fourth-quarter hit on Packers tight end Jermichael Finley. As Finley caught a pass over the middle of the field, he lowered his head at the moment Gipson arrived to make the tackle.

The resulting shoulder-to-helmet collision knocked Finley out of the game and sent him to the hospital with a neck injury.

Chudzinski and the Browns will submit the tape of the hit to the NFL’s league office for clarification of the head contact rule.

“I think they’re doing everything from their perspective to keep the game safe,” Chudzinski said. “From my standpoint, I felt like he led with his shoulder. We’ll submit it so that we can coach our guys better and get an interpretation on it.

“It’s tough for those guys to make tackles, particularly when an offensive guy is moving as well. We just have to make sure we’re doing what we can in how we’re leading with the shoulder in this case.”

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