Rob Chudzinski went on Pro Football Talk’s “PFT Live” this week and had a few quotable quotes…
On the organization in place right now…
“From the short amount of time that I’ve been here with Jimmy Haslam, Joe Banner, Mike Lombardi and the rest of the people in the organization, it’s an exciting time. There’s definitely a feel in the air here, in the building. There’s a sense and a real feel of people working together and being on the same page and collectively working together for the same goal.”
On the assumption around the league that it’s just a matter of time before Weeden is “supplanted.”
“Well, we’re going to go through our process. And looking at Brandon and the rest of the team coming in, you know studying and looking and making an evaluation. That’s a small part of it. And you really can’t tell until you get out there on the field and get in meetings with guys and really get a chance to coach them. You’ve got to talk to them and see how they react to that and see what they can transfer from the meeting room to the field. And then go through the process of making mistakes and making corrections and then making improvements. That’s the real part I’m real excited about.
Just looking at Brandon on tape from last season you saw some skills that excite you and you saw progress. For a young quarterback particularly, when you see progress, that’s a good sign. So we’re all excited about getting not only Brandon, but Colt and Thaddeus Lewis as well and the rest of our team out here.”
What’s your philosophy going to be as a head coach in terms of being hands-on?
“I’m going to be involved in all phases. Obviously I have a background with Norv and have known him for a long time. He was a big part of shaping my philosophy as an offensive coach. I have all the faith in the world in Norv. He’ll call the plays, but like all phases I’ll be part of that and the gameplans.”
On Desmond Bryant’s off the field struggles…
“You have to do the research on him. Going through a process of going into and looking into his background. Obviously one of our strength coaches had a chance to be around Desmond on a day-to-day basis. You know, we went through that process and feel like it’s not indicative of the type of person he is. He’s an outstanding person and he made a mistake. He’ll make amends for it and has made amends for it. We’ll move on.”
On playing 25% of your games against the Steelers and the Ravens…
“I expect, I mean obviously Baltimore just won the Super Bowl, both those organizations are outstanding organizations. They have outstanding people, coaches and players… it’s going to be a heck of a challenge. Then you throw Cincinnati in there and they’ve been to the playoffs the last two years. They’re adding pieces and playing pretty good football as well…”
On what he expects to see in 2013 in terms of turning the team around…
“I think what we need to see is progress in going towards our ultimate goal. Our ultimate goal is to win and our ultimate goal is to win the Super Bowl.”
Chud finished this question talking more about getting guys on the field, installing systems and “focusing on the day.” Talked about getting better every day, “incrementally” and “building” and the “process.”
I know that will annoy a lot of fans who’ve had enough of the “process” and “building” but Chudzinski has a little more to work with. Even Florio couldn’t help but say that it’s time for the Browns to turn it around. It would be good for the sport that touts parity for a team like the Browns to be competitive more than twice every 14 years, at least according to Florio.
[Related: What the Browns should have said about Phil Dawson]