Brown's looking to have a good Friday practice
James W. Wade III | 8/1/2014, 9:31 a.m.
The Cleveland Browns practice was intense and without Josh Gordon who was traveling to deal with his issue with the league. The Browns are gearing up for Family Day on Saturday and seems like the defense will be ready.
“The lesson I wanted for the guys to learn…I thought the offense had the upper hand most of the day, short yardage period for sure, backed up was a mixed bag, the four-minute situation was probably leaned a little bit towards the O. Then even early in the goal line, it was the offense, but it happens all the time where you play well all throughout and you’ve got to be able to make plays at the end. So, we just put the ball on the 2-yard line and just said whoever comes out on top gets the jerseys, and defensively they overcame a penalty that was right at the end of the game. So, we gave the offense one more down and they couldn’t get it in. That’s a lesson that our guys need to learn on both sides, that it doesn’t matter virtually – I don’t know what the percentages are – but how many games are decided by eight points or less and how many games truly come down to the end of the fourth quarter. That’s something that we’re going to try to simulate that as best as you can in practice because when you do that I think – when we talked to the players about it they get that rush of adrenaline. Their bodies change and you get that feeling. It’s not just I’m going through plays. This is a situation where something is on the line. As simple as a practice jersey is, it’s good work for us, and you’ll see the defense again in orange tomorrow,” said Coach Mike Pettine.
Approximately 100 military members, representing all five branches, and their families were VIP guests at Browns training camp through the team’s relationship with USO of Northern Ohio and Gold Star Families.
Attendance for Thursday’s practice was 3,770, the fourth-largest crowd at training camp in Berea since at least 2005 when figures were first recorded. Among the most attended practices, this year’s training camp comprises three of the top five totals since 2005.
The Browns have hosted more than 3,000 people in each of their first five practices, marking the first time the team has surpassed the mark in five consecutive practices since 2005, when totals were first recorded. Total attendance for Browns 2014 training camp is 17,889.
“I think it’s been going well. The guys are competing as hard as they can. Especially a week into it, it’s more about both of them trying to get better. You’ve got a rookie quarterback trying to learn a new offense. You’ve got another quarterback – I know he’s not a rookie – but it’s a new offense for him also. They’re both trying to get their feet wet. They had some through OTAs. (QB) Brian (Hoyer) is also coming off an ACL (injury) so it’s been good to get him in some team drills and stuff. It’s been going well, and I think as it gets going more and more, the competition will get tighter,” Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.