Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas celebrates after a 24-6 win over the Detroit Lions in a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) ORG XMIT: CDS124
Week 3 scouting report: Cleveland Browns
- September 18, 2013 - 8:33 PM
CLEVELAND AT VIKINGS
Mall of America Field
TV: Ch. 4
ABOUT THE BROWNS record: 0-2
• Cleveland shocked the NFL on Wednesday when it traded RB Trent Richardson, the third overall pick in 2012, to the Colts for a No. 1 draft pick. Richardson is the only Browns RB with a carry this season, but they are believed to be signing Willis McGahee for Sunday’s game.
• The Browns have a first-year coach in Rob Chudzinski, Carolina’s offensive coordinator the past two seasons.
• QB Brandon Weeden suffered a thumb injury in a loss to the Ravens last week. Jason Campbell finished the game, but third-stringer Brian Hoyer gets the nod this week.
• The Browns lost 23-10 to visiting Miami, then fell at Baltimore 14-6 Sunday.
• Cleveland is 28th in the 32-team lead in total offense and 27th in defense.
FEATURED player OT JOE THOMAS
• The third overall choice in the 2007 NFL draft is a six-time Pro Bowl selection despite playing on losing teams every season.
• The Browns drafted Thomas out of the University of Wisconsin four picks before the Vikings took RB Adrian Peterson. Said Peterson: “If anything, they are probably more upset than I am still to this day . . . I could have been there. Things worked out perfectly.” Peterson has 9,042 yards rushing since then, and the Browns have 8,462 — on 773 more carries.
This summer, Thomas said of the Browns: “We could be legends if we bring this organization back to where it was a couple decades ago. You’d never buy another drink. You’d never buy another dinner for the rest of your life if you won a Super Bowl here.”
coach speak ROB CHUDZINSKI
• Chudzinski grew up in Toledo, Ohio, a “huge” Browns fan. He was a star tight end at Miami (Fla.), where he also started his coaching career. He is a disciple of Norv Turner, the former Chargers coach who is now Chudzinski’s offensive coordinator.
• On why the Browns have given up 11 sacks ... “It’s never just one thing or one person.It’s been a number of things, we have to do a better job overall, whether it’s the offensive line whether it’s the receivers getting open, whether it’s getting the ball out.”
• On Turner’s influence ... “It’s been huge for me, not just from him running the offense and doing the offense standpoint, but just having the experiences he’s had as a head coach and being only a couple doors down. I can always go, and if there’s something he’s been through, or I know he’s been through, and I’m not sure about how to handle or so forth, there’s that resource that is always there.”
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