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Chud: I feel good about our culture and identity

I feel good about how we’re building a culture and identity here. That doesn’t happen overnight; it takes time. We have a group of guys that have really come together. They’re relentless. I think we see that on a day-to-day basis, and they’re passionate about playing football and passionate about being Cleveland Browns. That’s something that’s important to us, and I feel like we’re making strides in that area. Also, just an understanding of how we play, whether it’s the player or the fans. I was actually with my family out getting pizza on Friday night and ran into a fan, who came by and just stopped in and said he really likes the way we play. He didn’t say anything about wins or losses; he just said he likes the way we play. I think that the fans are seeing that, are appreciating how we play. It adds to their excitement. I think that adds to our players excitement and they feed off of the fans being excited. It’s just generally been a real good thing for all of us.

— Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski, Tuesday, heading into the team’s Week 10 bye. The Browns are coming off of their first win over the Baltimore Ravens in their last 12 contests. They will face the Cincinnati Bengals during Week 11.

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  • whosevelt

    Doesn’t hurt that they actually look like an NFL team for the first time in a decade.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I like the environment that Chud and his coaches are creating, and he’s really maximizing the results that he’s getting from a roster that has some glaring holes. It’s hard not to be impressed, particularly compared to the Chernobyl-style meltdown that was Pat Shurmur.

  • maxfnmloans

    In retrospect, the Shermurs/Homegrum era was 10,000% worse than anyone realized at the time (and we all knew it was awful)

  • WFNY_DP

    I’ll stop short after nine games of anointing anything “fixed,” but I’ll give Chud a ton of credit simply for keeping the team focused after the first two losses and the media hailstorm about tanking after the Richardson trade. To have them come out and win three straight? He gets a giant win in my book for that.

  • whosevelt

    I have mixed emotions on that. It also seems to have laid the groundwork for the current progress. It’s pretty incredible that even after we certify Richardson and Weeden as busts, the Holgrum era personnel moves are the foundation of the team.

  • vespo09

    It might be a little early to worry about this, but I’m terrified of losing Horton to a head coach spot during the offseason.

  • Natedawg86

    But what kind of pizza did he order? Lack of details again…ugh

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I was just thinking about that… I hope the Browns have a good candidate/disciple to promote from within so they can keep the same defense without skipping a beat. Anyone know anything about Brian Baker, Louie Cioffi, Joe Cullen, or Ken Flajole?

  • @TheDeePagel

    You’re 100% right. In fact, the last time we looked like a real NFL team was when……huh……was when Chud was here. Right?

    I see a connection there.

  • WFNY_DP

    In Russia, pizza orders you.

  • mgbode

    Cioffi seems like the DC-in-training for Horton. The question becomes if he would follow him or want to make a name for himself by staying.

    But, having co-ordinators that other teams want to steal is a good problem to have.

  • mgbode

    WRONG!!!!!!!! He had special-K with bah-nah-nah.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Patty Patty Buke Buke!

  • maxfnmloans

    In my mind, that’s mostly Tom Heckert…Shurmur was the worst game day coach I have ever seen. He was also impossible with the media which made the perception of the team (and in a weird way, the city itself) even worse. Holmgren “weighed in” to draft Colt McCoy, and then (depending who you believe) pretty much forced Heckert to draft Weeden. Other than that, I’m not sure what else he did besides make Bob Lamonte a ton of money.

    When Heckert was left to his own devices, he made some solid draft picks.

  • Karen Kirsch Kapalko

    Weeden is a bomb…..