Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski met with the media following the conclusion of the team's first set of organized team activity sessions on Thursday. Some of the information he discussed was covered in our post about the team's...
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski met with the media following the conclusion of the team's first set of organized team activity sessions on Thursday. Some of the information he discussed was covered in our post about the team's depth chart last night, but I've organized the transcript of what he said by topic, nonetheless:
Opening Statement - What They Worked On
(Opening statement)- "Thanks for coming. We had a really productive week. I am really pleased with the tempo that the guys have practiced with. Their approach, again, has been outstanding. We got a lot done this week. As far as the OTAs themselves, the structure of it has been that we bring them in, they have a lift session. We get a chance to meet with them for an extended period of time where we will correct the previous tape as well as install for a particular day. Then we have a chance to come out here and practice. The past three days we have done that.
We’ve had a chance, situation primarily, where we have been working on our first and second down packages, offensively, defensively and then really getting into some third downs. We got into some shorter third downs the first day of the week. There have been some medium third downs and some longer third downs. We are in process of installing those situations. It’s been a good week for us. It’s been good to get a chance to go out on the field against each other and see guy’s execution. That’s been the focus and really what we are trying to work on and see the execution level after being in phase two, which is basically working on air, for the past three weeks."
Mixing it Up at Offensive Guard
(On why Shawn Lauvao is playing left guard and if that change is permanent)- "We are moving guys around at the guard position. (Jason) Pinkston has been back. Just this week is his first week back so he is not getting the normal amount of reps. We will slowly work him into it. We are working all the guards at all the different spots."
(On if the guards need to get outside a lot in the run game)- "They need to be able to block inside, pass block and be able to get outside as pullers as well."
(On if they did a lot of pulling with the guards)- "We did. That’s part of what the install was this particular day, the plays where you saw those guys getting outside a lot."
Brandon Weeden's Learning Curve
(On how Brandon Weeden has been able to translate from the classroom to the field)- "I think he’s done a good job with that. It starts, really with those guys with calling the play. Getting in the huddle and being able to go through that process. We had a play clock, I don’t know if you guy’s noticed. We’ve had a play clock out here on them to really try to really work on that tempo because that’s the difference. Guys can learn it indoors in the classroom and the application out here is what we are looking for. Part of that is the process of having to do it when there is a time constraint going on. That’s a big part of it."
(On how much more he knows know about Weeden than he did in January)- "You get to know about him. How he picks things up. How he translates and that’s what we want to see is how he is translating to decision making on the field. That’s what we are looking at right now at this step. Obviously, things are slowed down up front a little bit so you are not getting the total pass rush. It’s not completely 100 percent guys going against each other."
(On if it’s different world for a quarterback during his second year in the league)- "Every year is a different world for a quarterback. The minute they get comfortable – you can’t do that at that position. It will help, that experience under his belt of what it’s like to be in a game. It’s obviously a brand new system so there are a lot of things where it will be like a first-year g
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