Turner's passion inspires players, fellow coaches

Posted Jun 3, 2013

Norv Turner’s aggressive coaching style has been a welcomed addition to the Browns.

As offensive coordinator for two Super Bowl teams in Dallas, and a head coach who won 114 games with the Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, and San Diego Chargers, Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner knows something about offense.

And he isn't shy about telling the Browns when there are mistakes made on the practice field.

“Coming from Oklahoma State, I had Dana Holgorson and Todd Monken; they’re spitting images of Norv,” Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden said. “When he’s yelling at me, I’m on to the next play. I want to get in the huddle and go play, but he coaches me on every play. I can’t ask any more than that. He’s making me a better player.

“He expects the highest level out of me, and that’s what I want. He’s making me better. He’ll get on you. You’ve got to be on your toes. You can’t mess up. Not that you want to play scared, but you’ve got to play error-free at this level. He expects that out of us.”

Veteran wide receiver Davone Bess added, “This game is a game of inches. The margin for error is very small, so you have to capitalize and you can’t make mistakes. If we can get through practice and have coach on our backs, it will transfer over to the games.”

Coach Rob Chudzinski said he enjoys seeing the way Turner interacts with players, including the occasional “trash talk” of telling defensive backs before practice that the quarterbacks will be throwing in their direction often during the drills.

“That’s the way Norv’s been his whole coaching career,” Chudzinski said. “He coaches guys hard. That’s the way we coach and that’s what I’ve been around. That’s the way we’ll always coach. I think guys respond to it, and the guys really appreciate that.

“I think we both do that and I think that’s just the style. What you’re always looking for is the best way to get your guys to respond. Sometimes, that’s going over and putting your arm around them; sometimes, that’s talking to them sternly, and sometimes, that’s yelling at them. That’s all part of coaching and trying to find the best way to motivate certain guys and what the situation dictates as well.”

Following this week’s final organized team activities practices, Weeden said his release of the football is coming along nicely, and noticed a positive difference in his footwork compared to his rookie season, which he attributed to Turner.

“I try not to make the same mistake twice, and one of the routes that we threw today that we threw last Wednesday or Thursday, I’m coming back and making the right read, making a better throw,” Weeden said. “He’s making me a better player. He’s good at what he does.”

In addition to making players better by coaching them in the manner that he does, Turner’s personality comes out in the play-calling, according to Weeden.

“When we were in the meeting room, he’s calling plays and says, ‘I don’t care if it’s third-and-eight or we’re in four-minute, we’re going to take a shot,'” Weeden said. “A lot of guys wouldn’t do that, but that’s just his mentality, and I love it. I’m all for it.”

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