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Chudzinski getting Browns, fans fired up

Rob Chudzinski AP

New Browns coach Rob Chudzinski can’t fix all the problems with his team in one offseason.

But the hometown boy who grew up when the Browns weren’t such a mess is doing what he can to get his players and his fans fired up for the effort.

According to Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository, Chudzinski stole the show in practice Sunday, by creating a little drama in the middle of a drill.

During red zone work between his first offense and his first defense, the rookie head coach stopped work, walked to the sideline to face the 4,000 fans in attendance, and waved his arms and yelled: “Fourth down! Game on the line!”

It got the desired response from the fans, who reacted loudly when quarterback Brandon Weeden hit Josh Gordon for a touchdown.

That enthusiasm is also bleeding into his players, with free agent pickup Paul Kruger (who played for the Ravens last year) declaring that his new team was on par with his old one.

“I think [on defense], we’re right there with them,” Kruger said, before adding for the incredulous: “Honestly.”

For the Browns to get better, it’s going to take more than talk. But giving people something to believe in is a solid first step.

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27 Responses to “Chudzinski getting Browns, fans fired up”
  1. rambo08 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:24 AM

    Anything is better than having the expressionless Shurmur standing on the sidelines.

  2. apac6586 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:36 AM

    As a Browns fan, it’s refreshing to see a coach with some fire. Crennel, Mangini and Shurmer showed little emotion on the sideline. I’m not saying that Chud is the next Paul Brown, but I think he has a great opportunity to do well. It’s an exciting time to be a Browns can… minus the whole possible owner fraud thing.

  3. camdenyard says: Jul 29, 2013 9:37 AM

    So Paul Kruger thinks his new team is on par with his old one.

    Paul, the league’s drug testing team will be at your door in an hour.

  4. hellogoodbyeandgoodnight says: Jul 29, 2013 9:48 AM

    Oh Rob why do you do this? You know in a few months they’re just going to be disappointed again.

  5. officialgame says: Jul 29, 2013 9:48 AM

    To be as bad as the Browns have been and still have 4,000 fans show up for practice is amazing. Good luck this season.

  6. mdpickles says: Jul 29, 2013 10:01 AM

    4k fans? Factory of Sadness.

  7. smokingconch says: Jul 29, 2013 10:05 AM

    Coming from a Steeler’s fan: Good. The Brown’s deserve to finally have something to look forward to.

  8. hoops737 says: Jul 29, 2013 10:10 AM

    Chud is Crud

  9. getyourownname says: Jul 29, 2013 10:12 AM

    Can’t fault a guy for being positive about his new team or enthusiastic about his new coach. No news flash there. And it would not be surprising to see the Brownies take a step forward this year.

    But the reality is that the Ravens defense last year (that he was part of), and to which he is comparing his new team, wasn’t equal to the typical Ravens defenses, either.

  10. olhoss1884 says: Jul 29, 2013 10:17 AM

    I guess it’s a good sign for a team that the owner is facing jail time instead of the on field talent.

  11. believeland1954 says: Jul 29, 2013 10:17 AM

    The revolution has begun! “Go Browns”

  12. paintan8 says: Jul 29, 2013 10:29 AM

    Given that the Ravens defense was not very good overall last year, I would say Kruger is right.

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 29, 2013 11:20 AM

    They roared with laughter. At the sight of Pudge waddling to the sideline, waving his chubby hands, and doing a Pop Warner thing. It looked so cute.

  14. siggtacular says: Jul 29, 2013 11:27 AM

    This article is hilarious!!! Yeah brownie fans get excited during a routine practice!!!!! Get PUMPED for another year of Weeden !!!!

    Dumervil>Kruger

    Baltimore Ravens 2x Super Bowl Champions XXXV XLVII

  15. cbrown386 says: Jul 29, 2013 11:59 AM

    Honestly surprised more coaches don’t do this, I think it’s great. These guys aren’t going to be all that motivated to run the same drills that they always have all summer long. Giving them some extra excitement surely helps keep everyone going.

  16. cincinasty87 says: Jul 29, 2013 12:27 PM

    As a Bengals fan , good to see the browns getting it right for a while . Good solid young defense . Best division in football AFCN

  17. finallythevoiceofreason says: Jul 29, 2013 12:45 PM

    Baltimore Ravens 2x Super Bowl Champions XXXV XLVII

    Cleveland Browns 4X NFL Champions 1950, 1954, 1955 and 1964.
    Baltimore may have stole the team, but they could not steal the NFL Championships.

  18. finallythevoiceofreason says: Jul 29, 2013 12:46 PM

    stolen

  19. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 29, 2013 12:50 PM

    I honestly thought it would be mid-season before Chud turned depserado and started the shameless cheerleading approach. Maybe next years Browns.

  20. realfootballfan says: Jul 29, 2013 1:01 PM

    I know the Browns are a mess from perp walk Haslem to the dumbest GM in football, but Chud has always impressed me. I hope he does well there.

  21. godofwine330 says: Jul 29, 2013 1:49 PM

    I love his energy so far, and it is such a stark contrast to the emotionless coaches we have had. I want to see this team do well because I have been a fan of them my whole life. I hope that in spite of the GM he will perform well, and get the team to perform well, too.

  22. foosball1984 says: Jul 29, 2013 2:53 PM

    coming from a bengals fan good luck to the brownies, this division is real smash mouth football the nfc west can take itself to the closet and continue to jerk each other off.

  23. gallogj says: Jul 29, 2013 3:06 PM

    I hope he brings the same amount of energy to First Energy Stadium!

  24. chuckstertam says: Jul 29, 2013 3:29 PM

    To all browns haters and trash talkers.
    I really feel for you, really.
    All you do is collect your Welfare Check, and come online and look for a team you can trash talk.
    Please get a life, you sound profoundly stupid to say the least. Maybe go look for a job? Nah!!!
    to much work huh?..I mean DAM..your a Idiot.
    and you don’t have a clue what the hell your talking about, so please stop insulting the browns fans.
    Make no Mistake, the Browns will win the Division this Year…

  25. bmoreravens1012013 says: Jul 29, 2013 8:46 PM

    Watch yourself Kruger. You got your payday but pump the brakes a little bit. I hope he’s talking about last year’s defense ( ranked 17th), because this year’s defense will definitely be better than the Browns barring signicant injuries. I know he’s trying to fire up the fans to get them to do what they do every year this time of year, ( you know, false expectations and high hopes) but I have to remind Kruger(whom I still like as a player) that he had his career high 9 sacks on a contract year. He is not someone who will face double teams so he will probably put up modest numbers but I believe he has already reached his peak. Let’s see how he does without all the great players around him. I hope he does well for his sake because he may wish he were back in bmore by week 10.

  26. taosravenfan says: Jul 29, 2013 11:10 PM

    Kruger is going to be another in a line of ravens players who made millions because they happened to play with Lewis, Suggs, and ngata. I am willing to bet that Kruger has yet to beat a double team in a game. He is a nice complimentary player but he is nor Suggs or dumervil which is what he was paid to be.. We made out on that deal. Dumervil is only 2 yrs older than Kruger at 29 vs 27, has one more kidney and a whole lot more sacks.

    And finally for finallyalogicalvoice – if you are going to play that game then lets count the 58, 59 nfl championships. Lets count the 1970 SB as well as the two the ravens have won in 16 years and for the heck of it lets count our one grey cup and one useful championship. Those were not stolen. They were grown right here in good ole bmore

  27. excessivedrinking says: Jul 30, 2013 4:40 AM

    Chuck, “your a Idiot” is actually “you’re an idiot.” Statements like this make your bold prediction look even more ridiculous than it already is. 5 and 11, at best.

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