Rob Chudzinski: “We have to play better in all three phases…right away.”

Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinski talked about the team’s performance against the Bengals in his Monday meeting with the media. He was clearly not pleased with how his team handled the opportunity to play well in a big game.

“The Bengals are a very good football team. They deserve credit for the game yesterday. I’m disappointed in our performance as a team. Simply had too many mistakes and critical errors, particularly in the second quarter. That, coupled with not capitalizing on two early red-zone opportunities, the game just got away from us. We have to play better in all three phases. Our veterans have to play better, our young guys have to play better and it needs to happen right away. I do feel confident that the things from yesterday that we were able to look at on tape, we can correct. This game is one we can learn from and grow from for the future if we approach it the right way. Again, it was one game and we have six more to go. There’s a lot still out there in front of us. I’m confident our guys will respond. We have a very close team and these guys will continue to fight for each other and compete. I feel confident that we’ll bounce back. Again, after making corrections, we can only control what we can control from here going forward. It’s Steeler week, so we’ll be getting ready for that and a big challenge with them.”

Critical errors and turnovers contributed to a 31 point second quarter for the Bengals, who were outgained by the Browns 330 yards to 224 yards. Cincinnati converted on just one of fourteen third downs, and still won 41-20.

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  • SS

    “It’s Steeler week”.

    Finally, a coach that gets it.

  • Zach G


    “It’s Pennsylvania week” or some other slight to Pittsburgh would’ve had a nice Woody Hayes flair to it. No offense to the Eagles, I hate the whole state of Pennsylvania equally.

  • mgbode

    the Eagles still employ that dirty dog killer who was the kingpin of an interstate gambling operation. throw plenty of offense the Eagles way too! heck, I didn’t even mention Jim Thome yet!!!!

  • Kildawg

    Pittsburgh Sucks!
    Need to beat Pittspuke at home. I would expect more creativity on offense and much improved blocking on punt plays; and overall a fired-up team in the Dawg Pound on Sunday.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    That same reaction hit me like a ton of bricks when I was reading. A coach just said it’s “Steeler week”. Damn right it is.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    I’ll be there bright and early. Some family and friends have made this a tradition over the past few years. Tailgating all morning then going to the Steeler game. Can’t wait!