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Mike Pettine would rather the Browns have camp off campus

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The recent and overwhelming trend in the NFL is for team to have training camp at their regular season facility, with fewer than half the teams going away for the summer.

But at least one team could be turning that tide.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Browns coach Mike Pettine “wants camp to have a different feel than the regular season,” which could lead them away from the team facility in Berea.

The ability to get a team away from its normal routine to promote bonding and more intense focus on football is the oft-cited reason for coaches who want to go camping.

But that has too often been overruled by the expedience of staying at home, and not having to move all the weights and training room equipment and offices somewhere else.

Of course, there’s another point to remember before looking at nearby college campuses.

Mike Pettine coaches the Browns, which means his preference might not matter if he’s not coaching the team next season.

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32 Responses to “Mike Pettine would rather the Browns have camp off campus”
  1. ytownjoe says: Jun 29, 2014 9:23 AM

    Pettine will be the Browns head coach for a long time. I believe they’ve finally got it right.

    I’m for returning training camp back to Hiram where they prepared during their championship runs.

  2. doublezero74 says: Jun 29, 2014 9:30 AM

    Its refreshing to hear so much about the Cleveland Browns and their plans of world domination

    Said no one ever

  3. micronin127 says: Jun 29, 2014 9:37 AM

    He probably just doesn’t want to catch MRSA.

  4. championshipcentral says: Jun 29, 2014 9:39 AM

    The Browns might actually win something this year. Strong D and decent weapons on O. Problem is they need to get QB position right. Manuel is not going to win games for them year 1

  5. folkcrusader says: Jun 29, 2014 10:03 AM

    I get the idea of having a remote camp and for young men I totally agree. But the majority of NFL players are mid twenties to thirty. Many have wives and families. Asking them to uproot and be away from their family and family responsibilities for a month is a lot to ask.

    These guys are pros, they know how to do it.

  6. bucsorbust says: Jun 29, 2014 10:10 AM

    Obviously he needs to consult with the Browns owner, Johnny Manziel. After all, he acts like he owns the team, and apparently says he does what he wants when he’s off. So if they have camp of campus, it puts the Browns owner closer to the circus….uh….community.

  7. johnnydom says: Jun 29, 2014 10:16 AM

    What QB on our roster is Manuel??

  8. bassplucker says: Jun 29, 2014 10:20 AM

    Actually they just want to try to keep Johnny Football from playing the fool at the Cleveland clubs every night.

  9. tralfaz1127 says: Jun 29, 2014 10:27 AM

    This years meltdown is going to be epic.

  10. ravenswhat says: Jun 29, 2014 10:29 AM

    This guy is not going to make it. He’s a one and done. It’s so obvious.

  11. balsagna says: Jun 29, 2014 11:31 AM

    If it’s so obvious please elaborate for those of us who are not as gifted as you are.

  12. brownoholic says: Jun 29, 2014 11:39 AM

    I’ve been wanting them out of Berea forever just in case they were cursed. Yeah, I went there. Staph infections, staff infections, LeCharles Bentley, you name it…

    How far away they’d move camp is the question. I want it in Columbus because I live here & Browns fans never go into hibernation like Bengals fans do. Hopefully Buckeye fever wouldn’t rule that out. If not Columbus, my vote is for Mansfield which is halfway between Columbus and Cleveland.

  13. nfceastisbeast says: Jun 29, 2014 12:11 PM

    Browns will win. Pettine is a winner, it’s in the family bloodlines.

  14. crabbies2013 says: Jun 29, 2014 12:15 PM

    Berea does not have the visitor capacity to match the enormous and intense interest in this team. The public sessions of training camp will be “sell outs”. Press coverage will also fuel fan interest to the max. The haters can’t change that and coach “Pett” is the man !

  15. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jun 29, 2014 1:14 PM

    Wow if you can’t get your players to focus on football then how r u a head coach?

    Promote more bonding? Lol. And this is why the Browns are perennial losers folks

    The season hadn’t even started and the Browns have a 4th round draft pick whining about Johnny questions being a distraction, another horrible draft, best WR most likely will be suspended, a head coach and owner that can’t seem to keep their mouths shut.

    This is why this franchise has lost 10 games or more in 10 of last 11 seasons.

  16. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jun 29, 2014 1:25 PM

    And we haven’t even gotten to the 0-3 start at Pittsburgh, home vs New Orleans and Baltimore.

    What a weak minded over – hyped franchise. I’ve never seen a team that is horrible every year have so much media exposure.

    What until they have to play football in the regular season. We will have a monumental meltdown in Cleveland, especially when they go 2-14

  17. idothis2 says: Jun 29, 2014 1:32 PM

    Rex Jr. I guess Pettine didn’t mind taking this page from Rex’s playbook.

  18. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Jun 29, 2014 1:59 PM

    Pettine Zoo!

  19. charman11 says: Jun 29, 2014 2:41 PM

    Go Browns!! We will be just fine this year. Going to be fun to watch anyway.

  20. couldntthinkofaname says: Jun 29, 2014 3:12 PM

    I live here & Browns fans never go into hibernation… ____________

    Too bad you can’t say the same thing about your baseball team. Do you guys even know you have one?

  21. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jun 29, 2014 4:51 PM

    Couldn’t think of a name

    When the owner cares about winning a World Series, I’ll start caring again

  22. clebrowntown says: Jun 29, 2014 5:05 PM

    If Pettine and the team perform as well as many of us hope, I hope Haslam will write the checks and see how the different, away campus works…Hey…WTF…Pettine might be right.

    Dude! You’ve obviously never been there.
    It makes CLE look like Vegas.
    Mansfield is torture

    Hiram, Akron, Canton…Jeez…Haslam family are huge in Chattanooga…send ’em down there to Volunteer country

  23. clebrowntown says: Jun 29, 2014 6:07 PM

    Knoxville…not Chattanooga

  24. bucsorbust says: Jun 29, 2014 8:03 PM

    Don’t go too far. Cleveland will probably block off the highways and draw up the bridges if know the Browns have left the city limits.

  25. 34defense2014 says: Jun 29, 2014 8:39 PM

    Peeps are unreal!! 95 I was upset the Browns were leaving Cleveland!! I live in NY!! I hope the Browns are a good Team this year!! The Browns have good young players!! No there not going to win a Super Bowl this year! But they are starting to build a good foundation!! As a Jet fan I hope the Browns beat the Steelers every game this year!!! Peeps complained when the Team left? Then when you peeps do get your Team back! You guys complain that they stink?! They’ll be good just give it time!! Whether it’s Mike or some other Coach? Who cares? They will be good in do time!! Be glad your Team is back!!! Browns have a great History that all you Brown fans should be proud of!!!

  26. drgarro says: Jun 29, 2014 8:47 PM

    If I were coaching the Browns, I’d like to get as far away as possible from Cleveland too!

  27. 34defense2014 says: Jun 29, 2014 9:14 PM

    Oh,,, Joe Haden is a bad ass Corner!! I’ll take that guy twice on Sunday!! Awesome Corner!!! And he’s true shut down Corner that covers the opposing Team’s best Receivers!!! Ten times Better then Sherman!!!

  28. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jun 29, 2014 9:42 PM

    Hey Pettine. Training camp is always a different feel than the regular season. The organization and most fans feel you are gonna be great the next upcoming season, then the real season comes and you guys blow every year.

    Just wait til reality sets in and you are 0-3 heading into the bye week.

    You said you want mental toughness yet all I hear from your mouth is weak minded mind boggling comments.

  29. avenger9800 says: Jun 29, 2014 9:57 PM

    After Cleveland wins the AFC North, Mike Pettine will win the coach of the year!

  30. pascalswager42 says: Jun 30, 2014 12:14 AM

    Just to state it clearly for the record:

    brownsmakemecrazy is NOT a Browns fan but some random AFCN troll. Brah, give it a rest.


    Browns Backers Worldwide

  31. Chris Henry's Wild Ride says: Jun 30, 2014 10:32 AM

    Some of the comments are just ridiculous.
    “Promote more bonding? Lol. And this is why the Browns are perennial losers folks

    The season hadn’t even started and the Browns have a 4th round draft pick whining about Johnny questions being a distraction, another horrible draft, best WR most likely will be suspended, a head coach and owner that can’t seem to keep their mouths shut.

    This is why this franchise has lost 10 games or more in 10 of last 11 seasons.”
    Really? That’s why we lose 10 games every year? Cuz I’m pretty sure that those are all problems that just started recently, not 10 years ago.

    Joe Haden 10 times better than Richard Sherman? No. Just no. Joe Haden isn’t even 10 times better than Buster Skrine.

    Don’t go far cuz Cleveland will block the team from returning if they leave? Please son. As bad as this team has been we have some of the best (albeit sour/pessimistic/sarcastic) fans on the planet.

    Pettine/Manziel won’t make it thru the first year? Please tell me more about your job as an NFL GM and/or pro scout.

    And the staph jokes are way played out. It’s been like 7 years or something since that was an issue. It was actually funny once, not anymore.

    How about instead of all the junk comments on here, we actually have intelligent discussion?

  32. justatrophy says: Jun 30, 2014 11:26 AM


    I’m not a Browns fan (vikings! )but if history serves me right the city of Cleveland has four NFL championships so the next time you talk smack 0074, check your sources.

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