Browns informed Washington of their opening-drive plans

AP

The NFL preseason has some unwritten rules, and coaches frequently talk beforehand especially if they have something unusual planned.

To that end, Browns quarterbacks coach Ryan Lindley revealed Saturday that they informed Washington pregame that they were opening with a no-huddle offense. Washington still couldn’t stop the Browns.

Even without Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, the Browns needed only seven plays to go 89 yards. Baker Mayfield threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins.

“We let them know pregame,’’ Lindley said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “That was the deal. In preseason, we didn’t necessarily want to go blitzkrieg on and catch them off guard. I don’t know how it went down. I just know we talked about like, ‘Hey, you know, the referees knew; the other team knew; and everybody was on board.'”

The Browns felt even better about the drive considering Washington knew the plan.

“Sure,’’ Lindley said. “The regular season, obviously we’d be ‘let’s catch them off guard and let’s roll. Let’s get them on their heels and knock them down.’ But for us, we want to work it. We want to work against a guy who knows what he’s doing and knows what they’re expecting.

“When you’re rolling like that, as long as we execute and we’re in the right spots and we got the quarterback making the right decisions, we shouldn’t be stopped.”

12 responses to “Browns informed Washington of their opening-drive plans

  1. Someone will explain why this is a bad idea. Then remind us that preseason should go away. I for one am fine with it. In fact I really don’t think it matters.

    Bad news for Washington though.

  2. This doesn’t bode well for Washington. They knew what was coming and couldn’t even slow down the Browns.

  3. Tylawpic6 why lol at the browns ? Do you not have reading comprehension? The browns told them what they were going to do. Which is COMMON in the preseason. Then the brown proceeded to March down the field and score on Washington. Your getting a little to used to old LOl browns narrative.

  4. I find it interesting it is mentioned the Browns were missing a few starters on offense when the entire skins starting defense was watching from the sidelines.

  5. How many starters did Washington have In. I see that isn’t mentioned in this article. I think they had what 2 of the defense. That might have something to do with it. I guess making Baker look more like a God is more important.

  6. Man the Browns told Washington a week ahead of time that they were running no huddle to start the game …. oh wait , you mean pre-game . Well that was nice of them lol … like Washington’s had any time to get a bunch of 2nd and 3rd stringers prepared for that ! Man I rooted for the Browns last year I was geniually happy for them but after they acted like they did during a pre season game not anymore … they went from clueless to classless.

  7. desertbeagle85 says:
    August 11, 2019 at 3:18 am
    How many starters did Washington have In. I see that isn’t mentioned in this article. I think they had what 2 of the defense. That might have something to do with it. I guess making Baker look more like a God is more important.

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    That argument actually makes the Washington Redskins look worse, not better since the Browns used the game as a rookie showcase on defense. Baker Mayfield vs Redskins backups had a perfect 158.3 QB rating. Case Keenum vs Browns ROOKIES in pass protection had a 103.9. Average QBR for a projected starting QB during pre season week one was between 110 and 115 since all were playing against backups. So even by your logic Baker embarrassed the Redskins since he had an above average QB rating even for pre season playing against the same level of talent that other starters faced but with a disadvantage that the other team knew what was coming.

  8. Nope … the brownies pooped the bed. They thought the redskins would play the starters on defense , so as to not chance getting embarrassed they took a practice to script a no huddle offense in a pre season game … period. And that is fine but as a Browns fan I would be worried they even had to do it to start with.

  9. They informed them that they were running a no-huddle offense. Not what the actual plays were. This actually isn’t that big of a deal since a lot of teams run no huddle at the end of games and they work their way down for a score. You are phrasing the article like the Skins knew what was coming and couldn’t stop it. They only knew the pace of what was coming. That’s not the same thing.

  10. Jessica Brock says:

    August 10, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    This doesn’t bode well for Washington. They knew what was coming and couldn’t even slow down the Browns.

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    So you seem to think that there is actual game planning rather than player evaluation going on…
    Kudos to Jay for doing what HE planned..

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