Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner won’t ever be accused of being shy or soft spoken.
Thursday, Turner was in rare form getting after his offense following every mistake.
“They gave Norv that double shot of espresso this morning instead of the decaf with two sugars and two creams,” receiver Greg Little joked. “He knows how to stay on top of you, but knows how to do it. He can be funny at times about it, but he’s definitely a perfectionist.”
At the start of 11 on 11 work, Brandon Weeden and the first team offensive unit didn’t line up correctly. Turner started to let them have it before Chudzinski, who preferred to handle corrections for that particular series in the film room, stepped in and said, “Norv let them play.”
“He’ll get on you,” Weeden said. “You got to be on your toes and not that you want to play scared, but you have to be error free at this level and that’s what he expects out of all of us.”
Weeden doesn’t mind the criticism – even if it comes at a higher decibel.
“I’m used to it coming from Oklahoma State,” Weeden said. “He’s yelling at me and he coaches me every play. I can’t ask for anything more. He expects more out of me. You don’t want to play scared, but you have to play error free at this level.”
Turner later laid into backup quarterback Jason Campbell for making the wrong read and throw. Receiver Mike Edwards got an earful for running the wrong route.
That fire from Turner is something that head coach Rob Chudzinski is used to hearing having worked under him before in San Diego.
“That’s the way Norv has been his whole coaching career,” Chudzinski said. “He coaches guys hard and that’s the way we coach. That’s what I’ve been around and that’s the way we’ll always coach. I think guys respond to it and the guys really appreciate that.”
Turner’s intensity on the field isn’t limited to the offense either.
Cornerback Joe Haden said following practice Thursday that he enjoys when Turner lets him know that the offense is going to target him in the secondary.
“He says that to me every day,” Haden said. “He’s like, ‘Joe we’re gonna double move you today.’ He just likes to talk.”
It might be May but Turner is acting like it’s late August which is why he’s been so successful throughout his years in the NFL.
Welcome Back – Chudzinski mentioned Jim Brown’s return to the team during his post practice opening remarks.
“I am really excited about that,” Chudzinski said. “I had the chance to get to know Jim when I was here before. He is a fantastic person and all the things that he has done for the Browns and for the community and a lot of communities around the country. That says a lot about the type of person that he is.
“I am certainly excited about him being back here and being a part of the Browns.”
Running back Trent Richardson, who was called “ordinary” by Brown on draft day was also glad to hear that Brown will be more involved – especially for players off the field.
“It’s an honor to have him in the building,” Richardson said. “I will get advice from him. He’s old school and we need more of that.
“He will always be a legend and an icon. His job is to make sure we’re doing the right things on and off the field.”
Brown was officially named a special adviser to the team Wednesday at FirstEnergy Stadium and player engagement will be one of the areas that he will assist with.
Secondary Shuffle - Buster Skrine moved to the slot in the nickel package Thursday during 11 on 11 work and Chris Owens took over the starting spot opposite Joe Haden at cornerback.
As for the secondary as a whole, Chudzinski likes the personnel that he has and is confident they are well stocked.
“I think they are a competitive and eager group,” Chudzinski said. “There are guys there that have ability. It’s just a matter of really honing in on techniques. Those are the guys that are our guys and I feel good about them.”
Family Matters – Outside linebacker Paul Kruger missed Thursday’s session but was excused because of a family obligation a team spokesman said.
With Kruger out, Quentin Groves and first round pick Barkevious Mingo rotated with the first-team defense in his place.
Helping Hand – Weeden went home last weekend following OTAs to assist victims of last week’s devastating tornado that ripped through Moore, Okla.
“I flew in late Thursday night and went down Friday morning and first checked in on my in-laws,” Weeden said. “We worried about them first and kind of cleaned up their area and then we went around my brother-in-law’s neighborhood. My mother-in-law got really lucky. She didn’t have much damage. My brother-in-law had some damage.
“Everybody’s safe, fortunately. After seeing it, they got extremely lucky. It split them, just went right between both their houses, and fortunately, they were blessed.”
Weeden surveyed the damage not just sustained by his family but the whole community and he couldn’t believe his own eyes.
“I just went house to house to see what we could do,” Weeden said. “You watch the coverage on TV and you see the pictures but it was worse than what you see. You have to see it to believe it. It was a tough situation for a lot of people. We spent hours down there trying to help several different families.
“We did as much as we could and it’s going to take some time, but eventually it will get there.”
Not Over Yet – Although Thursday’s OTA session was the final practice open to reporters the Browns will actually wrap them up on Friday.
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