When the Cleveland Browns’ front office made the decision to hire Rob Chudzinski as head coach, they were looking for someone with an aggressive, attacking offensive mindset.
And when Chudzinski turned to his mentor, Norv Turner, to guide the offense, it signified a philosophical shift from the West Coast system to a more down-the-field style, something the players have embraced throughout the offseason and training camp.
“I love it,” Weeden said. “It gives us an opportunity to create mismatches and do some things that fit our personnel. All of the guys outside, the receivers, the tight ends, they enjoy it and have a chance to make big plays.
“Throwing the football down the field is something I love to do. I need to be smart about it at times, check the ball down when it’s not there, but it’s an ‘attack offense.’ We want to attack. That’s our mindset. We want to attack, play fast, do all those things to give us an advantage. That’s what I’ve always done, and it fits my personality.”
While there is a down-the-field component to the Browns’ offense, veteran offensive lineman
“It’s exciting because it’s multi-dimensional,” Greco said. “It gives us the ability to run the ball, and that’s what all offensive linemen do, but we’ve shown we can throw the ball downfield. The defense is playing well right now, and there’s good competition here in camp, so it’s bringing the whole team up.”
Bess added, “It feels good. Norv’s doing a great job of getting us the information, and letting us get out and make the plays. He’s putting us in the position to do so. It’s explosive, it’s vertical, stretching the field, and most importantly, gives us an opportunity to make a bunch of plays.”
In addition to having a multi-faceted plan of attack, Bess feels position versatility from individual players will be a key factor in the Browns’ success.
“You’ve got a whole bunch of guys who can play multiple positions, and I think this league is all about matchups,” Bess said. “Coach (Turner) is doing a great job putting us in a position to make plays, and that’s what we want to do.”