Now, the man who’ll be running the offense has made it clear that the modus operandi will be to take the ball to opposing defenses.
“We’re trying to create a mindset, from an offensive standpoint, that we’re going to go attack,” offensive coordinator Norv Turner recently told the team’s website. “Coach Chudzinski stood up in front of our team and if he said it once, he said it 25 times in the last seven weeks, ‘We are going to be an attacking team. We’re going to attack on defense; we’re going to attack on offense; we’re going to attack in the kicking game.’ I want to attack and I want to go, but we’ve got to get good.”
Turner sees the youth of the team’s roster as a benefit.
“We are real young, so that’s a plus,” Turner said. “When you take a bunch of young guys, you have a chance to improve and improve at a faster rate than when you take over a team with a lot of veteran guys.”
Of course, their quarterback isn’t young, but he’s not experienced. And while there’s plenty of speculation that the Browns would like to move on sooner than later from 2012 first-rounder Brandon Weeden, Turner gushed about the second-year player.
“I’m excited about Brandon,” Turner said. “When I put on tape, I watch what a guy does real well and then, project it into what we’re going to do. I see a lot of things that project awfully well. It’s hard being a young quarterback in this league. It’s hard being with an inexperienced guy when everyone around you is inexperienced, but I think everything Brandon went through last year will make him better.”
If it doesn’t, they’ll find someone else. Or they’ll go with one of the guys they already have.
Either way, there’s reason for long-suffering Browns fans to have some hope. Though the Browns may still keep losing, they’ll at least go down swinging.