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.

32 responses to “Mike Pettine would rather the Browns have camp off campus

  1. 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. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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 !

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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?

  11. 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.

    Mansfield?
    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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!!

  14. 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!!!

  15. 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.

  16. Just to state it clearly for the record:

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

    Sincerely,

    Browns Backers Worldwide

  17. Some of the comments are just ridiculous.
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    “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.”
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    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?

  18. @Doublezero74

    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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