Training Camp News and Notes: Chudzinski confirms Norv Turner will call the plays

Chudzinski tuesdayThe Browns held their last practice open to the public before the preseason game against the Rams on Thursday. Practice changed from a day of installation to game planning for the Rams and making sure that all units were on the same page. The team practiced without contact in helmets and shorts.

As such, there was certainly less to observe and report.

The biggest takeaway from the session was in coach Rob Chudzinski’s comments following practice. When talking about his coordinators, Chudzinski said, “I think the biggest thing, and one of the things that is important to me, is having two coordinators calling the game that you have faith in. I can focus more on game management, whether that’s situational calls, whether that’s replay, whether it’s timeouts.”

If there were any lingering questions about who would be calling the plays on gamedays, they appear to be answered by his comments Tuesday.

When asked if he would be making suggestions in game to offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Chudzinski said, “One of the things I know, as a coordinator and a play-caller, you get in a groove, you get in a thought process, setting things up for later. Interfering too much I do not want to do, but at the same time, there’s a right time for suggestions and things like that, that hopefully I’ll pick out the right time for those.”

That should be music to the ears of Browns fans who suffered through two seasons of Pat Shurmur trying to do both jobs from the sideline.

WFNY asked coach Chudzinski if they would go into the game with a script of plays.

“We will,” he said. “Basically, we are going to be going in with our base offense, base defense, and our base calls. Special teams as well, and see how our guys execute them. Preseason, we will always hold a little bit back for the regular season. We are in a situation where guys are learning an offense, defense and special teams and so we want to see how they are going to execute our base package.”

– Guard Shaun Lauvao’s injury was not updated. Chudzinski said he still needed further examination. The Browns will provide an update tomorrow. Reading through the lines, that sounds like more than a sprained ankle.

– Coach Chudzinski would not comment yet on any individual players as to whether they would play in the game on Thursday.

– Dion Lewis took the bulk of the carries working with the first unit. Expect him to handle the majority of the running duties on Thursday.

– Jason Pinkston walked off the practice field early Tuesday night, but according to a report from the Plain Dealer’s Tom Reed, Pinkston was excused to attend a funeral. All coach Chudzinski said about Pinkston’s early exit was that it wasn’t a problem.

– WR Tori Gurley was a little more popular after practice with the media than he has been all camp long. Wonder what spurred that on?

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I’m definitely happy to hear that Norv is going to be the one to call the plays, not because I don’t think Chud could do that, but because a first year head coach really does need to focus on game management and not overwhelm himself with responsibilities (cough cough, SHURMUR).

  • Harv 21

    His comments were pitch perfect. Refreshing to hear that he knows what he doesn’t know.

    I will never fully blame Shurmur for calling plays, not after listening to Holmgren’s interview where he admitted encouraging a rook HC to handle both jobs if he wasn’t completely comfortable with an OC. Holms was assumed to be a Wise Football Yoda, when he was in reality just a legendary coach. First, he stripped authority from but retained a control freak-type coach who did not know or subscribe to the new system. Then he overloaded an overwhelmed Shurmur. He did both in the name of empathy with head coaches. In neither case did he put the coach in a position to succeed.

    We don’t need Banner to be likeable or give everyone comforting warm fuzzy pressers. We just need him to be NFL football organization competent.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Agreed, I’ve enjoyed that old feeling of knowing that your front office guys aren’t interfering with what’s going on in practice or the games. Although I’ll admit that I probably did want Holmgren to be involved in what was happening on the field simply because I didn’t trust our rookie head coach who wielded absolute power on game day, it turns out I was very wrong to want that. As you pointed out, Holmgren never did seem to be much of a tutor for Shurmur. He was more like a figurehead king riding around on a golf cart (modern-day chariot?) with his leg forever wrapped in an orange cast.

  • MadisonJazz

    Did you take some quotes from the Plain Dealer? In the line “Special teams as well, and see how are guys execute them.” there’s a typo that’s the same on they made. Or is there an official transcript provided that had that typo?

  • The team provides transcripts for the coaches statements. Well, most of the coaches statements.

  • MadisonJazz

    Thanks for the reply!

  • Wow. Did I really write “coaches” instead of “coach’s” twice? Maybe I need to step away from the computer for a few minutes.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    The anti-Shurmur, nice!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Clearly you need to be benched!

  • BenRM

    Wait – I thought offensive play calling had to be a “choose your own adventure” novel, where, depending on what page of the book you were on, someone new called the play!

    …Stop messing with my world, Chud.

  • Keith

    In Norv We Trust………..please fix this offense!